Pilot Officer Francis Roy O’NEILL

Service No: 403830
Born: Scone NSW, 9 October 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 March 1941
Unit: Y Depot (RCAF)
Died: Naval Operations: North Atlantic, 12 January 1942, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis and Frances Jane O’Neill, of Scone, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Scone NSW
Remembered: Panel 111, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Scone War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool and Stone Memorial, Scone NSW

Flying Officer O’Neill, an Observer trained at No. 1 Air Navigation School (RCAF), sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for the UK as a passenger on the SS Yngaren. Flying Officer O’Neill was drowned when the ship was torpedoed and sunk at 0400 hours on 12 January 1942. SS Yngaren, a Swedish vessel, carried a crew of 34 and 6 passengers, of whom only two are known to have survived, a Dane and a Swede, who drifted for 30 days on a raft and ultimately landed at Greenock on 13 February 1942. In 1949 it was recorded that Flying Officer O’Neill had lost his life at sea.


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, 163/50/43
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line