Flight Sergeant Arthur MORLEY

Service No: 411593
Born: Launceston TAS, 14 August 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1941 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Melbourne
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Halifax aircraft DT784), Belgium, 4 July 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Hotton War Cemetery, Luxembourg, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Mary Ann Morley, of East Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Launceston TAS
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2303 hours on the 3 July 1943, Halifax DT784 took off from Melbourne detailed to bomb Cologne, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter, and it crashed at 0135 hours on 4 July 1943, north east of Malmedy (Liege) Belgium. Two crew members were killed in the crash and the others became Prisoners of War.

The crew members of DT784 were:

Sergeant J R Barlow (1065014) (RAF) (Air Gunner) PoW
Flight Sergeant Arthur Morley (411593) (Pilot)
Sergeant W R Readhead (1150484) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer) PoW
Sergeant Frank Sadler (1186870) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant R C Samways (1324626) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW
Sergeant R L Watson (658633) (RAFVR) (Navigator) PoW
Sergeant R J West (748585) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber) PoW


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 A9301, 411593

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