LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Ronald Francis McKAY

Service No: 411159
Born: Bathurst NSW, 5 June 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: No. 6 Operational Training Unit, Jervis Bay NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 6 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-469), off the NSW Coast, 26 January 1944, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Kenneth and Viva McKay; husband of Rita Elizabeth McKay, of Strathfield, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2150 hours on 26 January 1944, Beaufort A9-469 was lost at sea 18 miles off Point Perpendicular. The cause of the accident is unknown.

The crew members of A9-469 were:

Flight Sergeant William Bungay (417989) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Maurice Isaac Green (423717) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Ronald Francis McKay (411159) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Halliday Warhurst (421949) (Navigator)

References:

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 A9845, 258

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990