LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer John Joseph MINOGUE

Service No: 410075
Born: Edenhope VIC, 18 March 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1941
Unit: No. 612 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Chivenor
Died: Air Operations: (No. 612 Squadron Wellington aircraft HF391), English Channel area, 23 June 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Edgar and Catherine Agnes Minogue, of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 257, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 22/23 June 1944 Wellington HF391 took off from Chivenor to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the English Channel area and was due to return the next morning. The aircraft failed to return with the crew missing. It was later concluded that the missing crew members were lost at sea.

The crew members of HF391 were:

Flying Officer John Leonard Arnell (425108) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant James Arthur Atkins (1195452) (RAFVR) (First Wireless Operator/Air)
Sergeant Benjamin I’Anson (1483211) (RAFVR) (Third Wireless Operator/Air)
Sergeant William Henry Maltby (1586332) (RAFVR) (Second Wireless Operator/Air)
Flying Officer John Joseph Minogue (410075) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Gordon William Steele (1577489) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/27/483