Sergeant Norman Neil MacKAY

Service No: 413644
Born: Armidale NSW, 20 January 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 September 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, Bairnsdale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-67), Bass Strait, 11 January 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Donald Roderick and Annie Florence Mackay, of Armidale, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 6, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Armadale Dumaresq Council War Memorial Library, Armidale NSW

Beaufort A9-67 went missing in Bass Strait between 0733 and 1622 hours on 11 January 1943 while on an operational training exercise originating from Bairnsdale, Victoria. The crew members of A9-67 were:

Sergeant Norman John Long (411793) (Pilot)
Sergeant Norman Neil MacKay (413644) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Richard Stuart Patterson (409228) (Observer)
Sergeant Allen Ralph Simpson (417004) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 242
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) Always Ready: a history of RAAF East Sale, RAAF Publications Unit Melbourne VIC, 1993
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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