LEST WE FORGET
Pilot Officer Eric Lyle McLAUCHLAN
Service No: 405644
Born: Kilcoy QLD, 25 August 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 April 1941
Unit: No. 32 Squadron, Seven Mile Strip, Port Moresby
Died: Air Operations: (No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-165), near Gasmata, 3 March 1942, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Hunter McLauchlan, and Edith Lucy McLauchlan, of Northgate, Queensland, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Kilcoy QLD
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
A16-165 was one of four No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft operating from Seven Mile airstrip, Port Moresby, tasked with a night bombing raid on Gasmata New Britain. On this operation, A16-101 and A16-165 went missing.
The crew members of A16-165 were:
Sergeant Ian Munro Barwick (5810) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth James Erwin (261863) (Pilot) PoW, Executed: 4 March 1942
Pilot Officer Eric Lyle McLauchlan (405644) (Co-Pilot)
Sergeant James Watt Simpson (400570) (Wireless Air Gunner)
No. 32 Squadron lost Hudson A16-101 (Flying Officer Arthur Renfred Nicolay (406013) (Pilot)) on 3 March 1942.
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 A705, 163/47/112
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992