LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Richard Bruce LIVINGSTONE

Service No: 419273
Born: Derby TAS, 29 April 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 July 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 58 squadron (RAF), RAF Station Stornoway
Died: Air Operations: (No. 58 Squadron Halifax aircraft JP299), North Sea, 24 April 1945, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Elizabeth Livingstone, of Garfield, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Mornington VIC
Remembered: Panel 283, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 23 April 1945 Halifax JP 299 took off from Stornoway to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Skaggerak area. At 0400 hours a signal was received stating that the aircraft was about to attack a ship. Then nothing further heard from JP299 which did not return to base. In 1950 it was concluded that the missing crew members were lost at sea.

The crew members of JP299 were:

Sergeant Allen Douglas Blakey (1055959) (RAFVR)
Flight Walter Henry Hayden Lieutenant Hanks (119124) (RAFVR)
Flying Officer Richard Bruce Livingstone (419273) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Warrant Officer John Ian Murray (1340435) (RAFVR)
Sergeant George William Ramsay (1558928) (RAFVR)
Flight Lieutenant Officer Arthur Thomas Charles Wilmot-Dear DFC (151446) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Victor Godfrey Watling DFC (164259) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Francis Watts (1717705) (RAFVR)

References:

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, 166/24/788