LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Brian Harwood PUDNEY

Service No: 416699
Born: Unley SA, 9 November 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941
Unit: No. 11 Personnel Disposal and Reception Centre, RAAF Overseas Headquarters
Died: Aircraft Accident (RN Fleet Air Arm DH86B aircraft AX844), Scotland, 31 March 1943, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Dunfermline (Douglas Bank) Cemetery, Fifeshire, Scotland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Lancelot and Edna Doris Pudney, of Unley, South Australia; husband of Nancy Pudney, of McLaren Vale, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Unley SA
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On the 31st March 1943, Pilot Officer Henderson was a passenger on Fleet Air Arm aircraft AX844 which crashed at Donebristle, Fife at 1521 hours. All on board the aircraft were killed.

On board AX844 were:

Pilot Officer Alfred Keith De Garis (416835) (Observer)
Pilot Officer William Gordon Henderson (413766) (Pilot)
Leading Airman Peter James Murphy (FX 91318) (Royal Navy)
Pilot Officer Newman (436336) (RNZAF) Injured
Petty Officer Airman Frederick Henry Parr (FX 82259) (Royal Navy) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Brian Harwood Pudney (416699) (Observer)
Flying Officer Owen Mortimer Shroff (416645) (RNZAF)
Pilot Officer Maurice Victor Smith (422327) (RNZAF)

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 A705,166/33/22