RASTON Piers Oscar 17641

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Piers Oscar George RASTON

Service No: 17641
Born: North Perth WA, 21 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 September 1940
Unit: No. 600 Squadron (RAF), Marcianise, Italy
Died: Air Operations (No. 600 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft MX1550), Italy, 2 April 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Caserta War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank Harcourt Raston and Enid Raston; husband of Irene May Raston, of West Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At 1500 hours on the 2nd April 1944, Beaufighter MX1550 crashed on take off from Marcianise Landing Ground. Both the crew members were killed.

The crew members of MX1550 were:

Sergeant Piers Oscar George Raston (17641) (Pilot)
Sergeant William James Weston (626578) (RAF) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)

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, 166/35/245