LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant David Stanley NEAL

Service No: 400904
Born: Regent VIC, 6 June 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 November 1940
Unit: No. 459 Squadron, Landing Ground 226, Egypt
Died: Air Operations: (No. 459 Squadron Hudson aircraft V8994), Mediterranean, 18 August 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of David H. E. and Margaret Neal, of South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Column 265, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 18 August 1942, the crew of V8994 were tasked to conduct an anti-submarine patrol to the north of Port Said, Egypt. The aircraft failed to return and nothing is known of the fate of its crew. The crew members of V8994 were:

Pilot Officer John Donald Cadell (402344) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant David Stanley Neal (400904) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Arthur George Schwager (402008) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant James Barry Lahey Sullivan (403151) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9816, 145 (No. 459 Squadron Unit History)

Bibliography:

Kane-Maguire L. (Leon) Desert Scorpions: 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945, Australian Military History Publications Loftus NSW 2232, 2007
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989