Flight Sergeant Michael O’MALLEY

Service No: 426903
Born: Ingham QLD, 12 August 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1942
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Menangle NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-505), Morundah NSW, 2 February 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Narrendera War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis Thomas O’Malley and Millicent O’Malley, of Ingham, Queensland. A.F.I.A.
Roll of Honour: Ingham QLD
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufort aircraft A9-505 and A9-507 had a mid-air collision near Morundah in February 1944. All ten RAAF members on both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of A9-505 were:

Flight Sergeant Stanley Murray Johnston (429967) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Jack Stace Newnham (423876) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman John Lovell Parer Nugent (130211) (Ground Crew, Instrument Fitter)
Flight Sergeant Michael O’Malley (426903) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant George Livingstone Forbes Wood (415097) (Pilot)

The crew members of Beaufort A9-507 were:

Flight Sergeant Percival Allen (415957) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Cedric Ivan Barber (415959) (Observer)
Flying Officer Donald Glen Broad (437112) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant George Russell McCausland (419053) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Richard Keith Shelton (88452) (Ground Crew, Photographer)


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 A9845, 176


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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