LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Colin Arthur RIMMINGTON

Service No: 400821
Born: Melbourne VIC, 16 November 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1940
Unit: No. 202 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 202 Squadron Sunderland aircraft W4029), Gibraltar, 22 August 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Gibraltar
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Dugald Cameron Rimmington and Bertha Lucy Elizabeth Rimmington, of Alphington, Victoria, Australia. B.Com. (Melb.)
Roll of Honour: Heidelberg VIC
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Brother of Pilot Officer Dugald Geoffrey Rimmington (428413)

On 22nd August 1942 Sunderland W4029 was returning from operations and on the approach to land at Gibraltar it crashed into the sea and sank at 0023Z hours and the depth charges on board exploded. Eleven crew members were killed and one was seriously injured.

The crew members of W4029 were:

Pilot Officer Norman Keith Adams (120755) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Ernest Frederick Chaplin (634319) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant James Michael Corcoran (1053113) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant George Form (1021309) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer K G Gray (120155) (RAFVR) (Observer) Seriously injured
Sergeant John Simpson Hay (1062756) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Cecil James Lee (643724) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Alan Morgan (1114271) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Cecil John Barrington Orr (611827) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Colin Arthur Rimmington (400821) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Frederick D’arcy Scott (R/77860) (RCAF) (Third Pilot)
Sergeant Harold Wallis (1061792) (RAFVR) (Flight Mechanic Engines/ Air 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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/55/206