LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Neville Richardson MUNDAY

Service No: 405276
Born: Eglinton NSW, 18 October 1909
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 March 1941 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Alness
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Sunderland aircraft W6060), Cromarty Firth, 27 November 1943, Aged 34 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur Frederick and Ada Fanny Munday, of Clarence River, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Lismore NSW
Remembered: Panel 193, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Lismore Cenotaph, Lismore NSW
Remembered: Department of Education World War II Roll of Honour, Sydney NSW
Remembered: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW
Remembered: Lawrence Honour Roll 1939-45, Lawrence NSW

At 2145 hours on 27 November 1943 Sunderland W6060 took off from Alness to carry out non-operational training. The aircraft made five unsuccessful attempts to land. On the sixth attempt the aircraft throttled down by No 3 flare, bounced twice, attempted to go around again, and crashed into the flat calm sea in Cromarty Firth. Six crew members were injured but survived and it was later recorded that the five missing crew members had no known graves.

The crew members of W6060 were:

Sergeant F Banbiere (1391730) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) Injured
Sergeant William Edwin Bowen (1118317) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant William Bridges (1132937) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Maintenance)
Sergeant W W Bromley (1279366) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) Injured
Flying Officer J Forbes (127486) (RAFVR) (Signaller Instructor) Injured
Sergeant M Goudie (538595) (RAF) (Second Pilot) Injured
Flying Officer J Hill (J/14399) (RCAF) (Pilot) Injured
Sergeant E Keeping (1440363) (RAF) (Air Gunner) Injured
Sergeant Leonard Limbrick (1215309) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Gerard Linden (1523518) (RAFVR) (Fitter Maintenance Engines)
Flight Sergeant Neville Richardson Munday (405276) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)

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, 166/28/198
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line