Flight Sergeant Edward Allan NAYLER

Service No: 425885
Born: Brisbane QLD, 4 March 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 May 1942
Unit: No. 21 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Moreton-in-Marsh
Died: Air Operations (No. 21 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft LN878), North Sea, 24 April 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Montagu Wellesley Nayler and May Nayler, of Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 261, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 24 April 1944 Wellington LN878 took off from Moreton-in-Marsh on a day cross country exercise. The last known position of the aircraft was a fix which placed LN878 80 miles east of
Hull. The aircraft failed to return to base after the exercise. Subsequent reports show that the Wireless Operator had contacted numerous stations during the trip and was well up to his job. He would have taken correct action in distress had he had time. There was no evidence to show how the aircraft became lost. From the way the plot faded suddenly there is a strong possibility that it had been shot down by enemy fighters. Subsequent searches found no trace of the missing aircraft or crew. Following post war enquiries and investigations it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of LN878 were:

Sergeant John George Beilby (414456) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Henry Dunn (1337677) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant William Lane (1894750) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Murdo Donald Davidson MacFarlane (432219) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Edward Allan Nayler (425885) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)


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, 166/29/113