Flight Lieutenant Patrick Randal McDONNELL

Service No: 260545
Born: Manly NSW, 21 October 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 November 1939 (at RAAF Station Point Cook VIC)
Unit: No. 32 Squadron, Horn Island QLD
Died: Air Operations: (No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-193), Horn Island area, 4 July 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Randal Vivien McDonnell and Mercedes McDonnell; husband of Sybil Gladys McDonnell, of Townsville, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Manly NSW
Remembered: Panel 6, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 4 July 1942, Hudson A16-193 went missing on air operations in the Horn Island area. The aircraft was one of four No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft detailed for a bombing raid on Salamaua. The crew members of A16-193 were:

Sergeant Murray Charles Ellis (407360) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Randolph Loring Fairfax (408986) (Navigator)
Flight Lieutenant Patrick Randal McDonnell (260545) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Alexander MacKay Petrie (405647) (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 A9300, McDONNELL P R


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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