LEST WE FORGET

Flight Lieutenant Clement Campbell MAYBERRY

Service No: 401386
Born: Castlemaine VIC, 27 July 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 February 1941
Unit: No. 204 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 204 Squadron Sunderland aircraft), The Gambia, 1 October 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Campbell Mayberry and Lilian Elizabeth Mayberry; husband of Barbara Mary Mayberry, of Allambee, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 11, Column 1, Malta Memorial, Malta
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On return from an operational flight over the Atlantic on 1 October1943, a Sunderland aircraft of No. 204 Squadron crashed when landing at approximately 2205 hours. The aircraft, approaching to land, overshot and made a second circuit. On the second circuit the aircraft again overshot and crashed. The aircraft struck the water in a nose down attitude and turned completely over on impact.  Of the 10 crew, seven injured crew members were rescued and 3 were missing. In 1948 it was recorded that the three missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The Sunderland crew members were:

Sergeant William Trevor Barnes (1077966) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant J E Baker (655296) (RAF) Injured
Sergeant L Boyens (917003) (RAFVR) Injured
Sergeant W S Davies (128631) (RAFVR) Injured
Sergeant S J Ford (1380851) (RAFVR) Injured
Sergeant Leonard Hare (1045458) (RAFVR)
Sergeant D J Jorgenson (R/60588) (RCAF) Injured
Sergeant H M Lees (552569) (RAF) Injured
Flight Lieutenant Clement Campbell Mayberry (401386) (Pilot)
Sergeant C Todd (938594) (RAFVR) Injured

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, 166/27/245