Pilot Officer Roy Joseph RICHARDSON

Service No: 421081
Born: Campsie NSW, 23 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 7 December 1941
Unit: No. 49 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Fiskerton
Died: Air Operations: (No. 49 Squadron Lancaster aircraft JB235), Fiskerton, 27 November 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter Henry and Vera Madeline Richardson, of Killara, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Killara NSW
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Brother of Flying Officer Eric Anthony Richardson (441831)

At 1728 hours on the night of 26 November 1943 Lancaster JB235 took off from Fiskerton detailed to bomb Berlin. When returning to base after the mission, it undershot when approaching to land and crashed some 2.5 miles from the aerodrome. At the time it was dark with ground fog and visibility 450 yards. The fog dispersal apparatus was in operation. Five of the crew members were killed and two were injured.

The crew members of JB235 were:

Sergeant Herbert Geoffrey Boswell (1673550) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Harry Carr (1491624) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Leslie Henry Cartwright (1318994) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Harry Lowe (J/23465) (RCAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Marcus Owen Allan Mahony (426634) (Air Gunner) Injured, later PoW, Discharged from the RAAF: 15 February 1946
Pilot Officer Roy Joseph Richardson (421081) (Pilot)
Sergeant C G Winterborn (1803192) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner) Injured


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, 166/35/185

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