Flight Sergeant Donald Neal RUMBLE

Service No: 413260
Born: Grenfell NSW, 26 April 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1941
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Darwin NT
Died: Air Operations: (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-178), Arafura Sea, 16 October 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Florence Rumble; husband of Ivy Eliza Rumble, of Griffith, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unrecovered
Remembered: Column 9, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Grenfell World War II Memorial, Grenfell NSW
Remembered: Weddin Shire and Grenfell War Memorials, Grenfell NSW
Remembered: Griffith Cenotaph, Griffith NSW

In October, North-Western Area squadrons continued to support the New Guinea offensive by destroying as much of the enemy strength as possible in the Netherlands East Indies. … The Hudsons of No. 2 Squadron and Mitchells of No. 18 Squadron continued nightly attacks on Koepang, Lautem, Fuiloro, Langgur, and other targets.

Extract from Odgers, G.J. (George James) (VX127783) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 117

At 0200Z hours on 16 October 1943, Hudson A16-178 took off from Milingimbi and proceeded on a shipping reconnaissance sortie over the Arafura Sea. Nothing was heard from the aircraft which failed to return to base.

The crew members of A16-178 were:

Flight Sergeant John Francis George Cullen (423078) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Francis Richard Drake-Brockman (427451) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer John Pomeroy Oldridge (417509) (Pilot)
Sergeant David William Petch (437040) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Donald Neal Rumble (413260) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 137
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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