LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant John Ormond O’BRIEN

Service No: 403876
Born: Sydney NSW, 19 March 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 March 1941
Unit: No. 49 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Scampton
Died: Air Operations: (No. 49 Squadron Manchester aircraft L7387), North Sea, 20 June 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Roll of Honour: Gordon NSW
Remembered: Panel 113, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Ku-ring-gai World War 2 Book of Remembrance, Gordon NSW

At 1000 hours on 20 June 1942 Manchester L7387 Scampton to carry out a search in an area 53.40N to 53.50N and 001.40E to 003.00E. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. Two bodies were later washed ashore. The remaining crew members were presumed to have lost their lives at sea and have no known graves.

The crew members of L7387 were:

Sergeant Keith Allen (401359) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Alexander Garos (778783) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Charles Edward Goldring (657308) (RAF)
Sergeant Terence Francis Breen McKenna (405162) (Navigator)
Sergeant John Ormond O’Brien (403876) (Pilot)
Sergeant Harrington Warren Price (402539) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Neville John Rogers (778781) (RAFVR)

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, 163/148/237
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line