Flight Sergeant Peter Francis McCAUGHEY

Service No: 428252
Born: Northam WA, 29 July 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 October 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Wickenby
Died: Air Operations: (No. 12 Squadron Lancaster aircraft JB540), Germany, 25 February 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Peter and Eva McCaughey, of Forestville, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Northam WA
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lancaster JB540 took off from Wickenby at 2013 hours on the night of 24 February 1944 to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. It was later established that the aircraft had crashed and that all the crew members had been killed in the crash.

The crew members of JB540 were:

Pilot Officer William Latham Alder (J/88532) (RCAF) (Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Kenneth Allen (1672972) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant William Ebenezer Allen (1836509) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant William Alfred Lampkin (1432986) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Peter Francis McCaughey (428252) (Rear Gunner)
First Lieutenant Stanley Warren Penner (O-886200) (USAAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Stanley Thomas Wright (1323827) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air)


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 A9301, 428252

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