Flying Officer Patrick Noel KINGSTON

Service No: 414495
Born: Murwillumbah NSW, 11 February 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 207 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Spilsby
Died: Air Operations: (No. 207 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM383), Germany, 14 January 1944, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Charles and Bessie Kingston, of Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Murwillumbah NSW
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1644 hours on the night of 14 January 1944 Lancaster LM383 took off from Spilsby detailed to bomb Brunswick, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and failed to return to base. Other crews reported ground defences were weak with a barrage to18,000 feet. Fighters were a good deal in evidence. German documents revealed that the aircraft crashed at 1935 hours on the road from Edeesheim to Wiebrechtshausen, 3kms north of Northeim. Six of the crew members were killed and one was taken prisoner.

The crew members of LM383 were:

Sergeant T Bownskill (R/161095) (RCAF) (Air Bomber) PoW
Flight Sergeant Gordon Joseph Ferguson (R/112953) (RCAF) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer Patrick Noel Kingston (414495) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Anthony Morrish (1587515) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Stanley Herbert Rattray (1585338) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Ronald Ezra Swan (1576242) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Geoffrey Alan Walton (1738008) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/22/175