Flight Sergeant Len ROTHWELL

Service No: 419608
Born: St Arnaud VIC, 28 December 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 September 1942
Unit: No. 619 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Dunholme Lodge
Died: Air Operations: (No. 619 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM484), France, 27 July 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Pornic War Cemetery, Loire- Atlantique, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank Robert and Fanny Isobel Rothwell, of St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2126 hours on the night of 26 July 1944, Lancaster LM484 took off from Dunholme Lodge detailed to bomb rail communications at Givors, France. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. A Missing Research and Enquiry team later reported: “ the aircraft crashed at La Taconniere which is near Maisontiers about nine miles north of Oarthenay,
France.” All the crew members had been killed.

The crew members of LM484 were:

Warrant Officer II Thomas Francis Galbraith (R/172370) (RCAF) (Navigator)
Sergeant Joseph Harry Gilliver (1577951) (RAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Edward Graham (1595293) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant J G Pearce (R/190936) (RCAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Len Rothwell (419608) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Reginald James Thair (1850503) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer Ronald George Turvey (421645) (Pilot)


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, 166/36/327

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