PARRY Ernest Arthur 436658

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Ernest Arthur PARRY

Service No: 436658
Born: Fremantle WA, 6 January 1925
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 February 1943
Unit: No. 460 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 460 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PB459), Germany, 29 November 1944, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Noel Arthur and Hettie Charlotte Parry, of East Fremantle, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: East Fremantle WA
Remembered: Panel 261, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 108, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Date: 29 November 1944
Target: Dortmund
Total Force: Dispatched – 311, Attacking – 291
RAAF Force: No. 460 Dispatched – 23, Attacking – 23
Tons of Bombs Dropped: 1,594
Total Aircraft Lost: 6
RAAF Aircraft Lost: No. 460 – 1

As in previous years the Rhineland and Ruhr cities were given special priority, and in fact two-thirds of this early winter campaign were devoted to 29 raids against 15 cities in this area. Appropriately the first target on 6th-7th October was Dortmund, the largest city in the Ruhr. No
RAAF squadron operated on this occasion but No. 460 joined in a later daylight attack on 29th November. Both attacks laid waste large areas of the city and caused heavy damage to steelworks, smaller engineering factories and railway facilities.

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Over Europe 1944-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1963 – Pages 301-33

Lancaster PB459 took off from RAF Binbrook at 1216 hours on 29 November 1944 to bomb Dortmund, Germany. Bomb load 1 x 4000 lb (pound) (1,800 kg), 4 x 1000 lb (450 kg) and 6 x 500 lb (225 kg) bombs, 4 x 14 clusters and 36 x 4 lb (2 kg) incendiaries. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Twenty three aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid and PB459 failed to return. Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed in the target area.

The crew members of PB459 were:

Flight Sergeant Herbert Barnard Armstrong (426447) (Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Neville Edward Butler (14734) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Maurice Claude Norfolk Gray (428772) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer Richard Wilson Lett (412983) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ernest Arthur Parry (436658) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Ronald Arthur Smith (1866711) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer William John Latchford Whale (405511) (Mid Upper Gunner)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/32/579

Bibliography:

Firkins, P. C. (Peter Charles) (441386) Strike and Return, Westward Ho Publishing City Beach WA, 1985