Flight Sergeant Louis Joseph Patrick McCOY

Service No: 418722
Born: East Malvern VIC, 7 August 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 June 1942
Unit: No. 44 Squadron (RAF), RAF Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 44 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM592), Netherlands, 22 June 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Archer Patrick and Cecilia Gertrude McCoy, of Balaclava, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: St Kilda VIC
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2257 hours on 22 June 1944 Lancaster LM592 took off from RAF Dunholme Lodge to bomb Wesseling, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. It was later established that the aircraft was intercepted by a night fighter over Holland when outbound and crashed between Riethoven in Noord-Brabant and the nearby town of Valkenswaard. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LM592 were:

Pilot Officer Edwin Albert Canty (414898) (Pilot)
Sergeant Ronald Edgar Clay (1852931) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer Walter Marshall Crook (157897) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Louis Joseph Patrick McCoy (418722) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Eric Norris (1459937) (RAFVR) (Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Ernest George Scott (1816835) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flying Officer John Reuben Vowles (416810) (Navigator)


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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/26/493

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