Flight Sergeant Thomas Edward Nagle REDWAY

Service No: 413426
Born: London, England, 8 October 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 august 1941 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 10 Operational Training Unit (RAF), Detachment RAF Station St Eval
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Operational Training Unit Whitley aircraft BD276), St Eval, 16 July 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery, Somerset
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas William and Ethel Redway; husband of Janet Elizabeth Redway, of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Granville NSW
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0551 hours on 16 July 1943 Whitley BD276 took off from St Eval detailed to carry out an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. At 1310 hours a signal was received from the aircraft “MTB1 early 60 minutes”. At 1408 hours the aircraft touched down but ballooned back into the air and before the situation could be remedied the bomber crashed into a parked Hampden belonging to No. 1404 Meteorological Flight. In the explosion that followed another of the Flight’s Hampden aircraft was destroyed. Five of those on board BD276 were killed in the accident and two were injured.

The crew members of BD276 were:

Aircraftman Class II Leonard William Melville James (1440381) (RAFVR)
Sergeant John Kirby (1234614) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant C E Munday (1601188) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Injured
Flight Sergeant James Sutherland Ogilvy (R/97923) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Thomas Edward Nagle Redway (413426) (Pilot)
Sergeant P Stemkoski (R/165234) (RCAF) (Air Gunner) Injured
Sergeant George Cornelius Wilkinson (1212271) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 1616/35/101

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