Flying Officer Thomas Edward O’NEILL

Service No: 407451
Born: Port Pirie SA, 22 December 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 October 1940
Unit: No. 22 Squadron, Ward’s Strip, PNG
Died: Air Operations (No. 22 Squadron Boston aircraft A28-22), Buna Airstrip PNG, 26 November 1942, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Eugene Stephen and Agnes Mabel O’Neill; husband of Gwenneth Ethel O’Neill, of Adelaide, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Snowtown SA
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

While on a bombing and strafing mission over Buna airfield on 26 November 1942, Boston A28-22 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and its three crew members were killed. Those crew members were:

Squadron Leader Kenneth Roy McDonald (250430) (Pilot)
Sergeant Charles Ronald Napier (420247) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Thomas Edward O’Neill (407451) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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 A705, 163/50/75


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Boston, Mitchell and Liberator in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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