ROBERTSON Neil Farquhar 401141

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Neil Farquhar ROBERTSON

Service No: 401141
Born: Geelong VIC, 19 March 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 January 1941
Unit: No. 58 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 58 Squadron Halifax aircraft BB256), Atlantic Ocean, 7 May 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Hugh Farquhar Robertson and Kathleen Marjorie Rbertson of Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Gisborne VIC
Remembered: Panel 191, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 7 May 1943 Halifax BB256 took off from RAF Station St Eval, Cornwall, on an anti-submarine patrol. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. In 1949 it was recorded that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of BB256 were:

Sergeant Leslie Thomas Brett (1311572) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Rowland Brickles (1006470) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Richard Gordon Bridge (1191784) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Leslie Allan Fisher (1330490) (RAFVR)
Sergeant William Mapley (1377605) (RAFVR)
Sergeant John Murray Randall (573294) (RAFVR)
Pilot Officer Neil Farquhar Robertson (401141) (Pilot)

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, 166/36/56