Pilot Officer Arthur Raymond NOSEDA DFC

Service No: 406029
Born: Kalgoorlie WA, 29 December 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 May 1940
Unit: No. 105 Squadron (RAF), RAF Marham, Norfolk
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 15 January 1943 (Citation Title: No. 105 Squadron RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 105 Squadron Mosquito aircraft DZ315), France, 9 January 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Jessie Noseda, of Claremont, Western Australia. LL. B.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

DFC Citation: “In December 1942, Warrant Officer Noseda was pilot of one of the force of aircraft engaged in a low level daylight attack on a target in north west Germany. During the operation, which was executed at a height of 1,000 feet, the leading aircraft was damaged by the intense anti-aircraft fire and lost speed owing to the failure of one of its engines. Warrant Officer Noseda reduced the speed of his aircraft and escorted his leaders safely back to base. The Warrant Officer has completed many operational sorties and has displayed outstanding courage and determination.” (London Gazette 15 January 1943, Page 330)

Mosquito DZ315 took off from RAF Marham at 1615 hours on the 9th January 1943, detailed to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, France. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was last seen at 1730 hours when it was hit in the target area (believed to be light anti-aircraft fire), crashed in flames and exploded. Both the crew members were killed.

The crew members of DZ315 were:

Pilot Officer Arthur Raymond Noseda DFC (406029) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Watson Urquhart (1348237) (RAFVR) (Navigator)


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, 166/30/1

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