NALLEN Charles Patrick 427537

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Charles Patrick NALLEN

Service No: 427537
Born: Perth WA, 15 November 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1942
Unit: No. 635 Squadron (RAF), RAF Downham Market, Norfolk
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 635 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ND841), Downham Market, 4 June 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Michael and Bridget Nallen, of North Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On the morning of 4 June 1944, Lancaster ND841 took off from RAF Downham Market at 0028 hours, detailed to attack a coastal defence battery at Calais, France. On take off a swing developed in the aircraft and it crashed into a hangar exploding soon afterwards. All the crew were killed.

The crew members of ND841 were:

Flight Sergeant Charles Patrick Nallen (427537) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Walter Thomas Olyott (151238) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Howard Pritchard (1578502) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Robert Sadler (1526058) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Snowball (1100769) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Stanley Wharton (1578013) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flying Officer George Ambrose Young (134149) (RAFVR) (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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/29/125