McDONOUGH Frederick Noel 38449

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Frederick Noel McDONOUGH

Service No: 38449
Born: Midland Junction WA, 6 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 April 1941
Unit: No. 625 Squadron (RAF), RAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 625 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LL894), Germany, 16 May 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Frederick and Lilian Agnes McDonough, of Midland Junction, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 261, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster LL894 of 625 Squadron took off from RAF Kelstern at 2208 hours on 15 May 1944 to carry out a mine-laying mission on Kiel Bay Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. The body of Sergeant Dix was washed ashore on the Danish coast, and he is interred in the Fourfeldt Cemetery, Esbjerg, Denmark. It was recorded in 1949 that the remaining missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of LL894 were:

Pilot Officer Robert Eugene Beadle (172304) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Albert Llewellyn Dix (1892030) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Harry Richard Lawson (R/170867) (RCAF) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Frederick Noel McDonough (38449) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer William Robert Merrall (J/23905) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant James Potter (1676178) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Edward Wilkinson (1029128) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/26/458