LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Errol Claude NAYDA

Service No: 419533
Born: Tothills SA, 8 June 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 August 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Station Dallachy
Died: Air Operations: (No. 455 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft RD329), off the Norwegian Coast, 24 March 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Egersund Church Cemetery, Norway
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert Arthur and Martha Louise Nayda, of Beulah Park, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufighter RD329 took off from Dallachy at 1601 hours on 24 March 1945 to carry out a shipping strike on Egersund Harbour, Norway. Eight aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and one of these RD329 failed to return. RD329 was seen to crash south of a vessel during an attack on shipping and both the crew members were killed.

The crew members of RD329 were:

Warrant Officer George Edwin Longland (426229) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Errol Claude Nayda (419533) (Navigator Wireless)

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, 166/29/234

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951