LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Chandos SCOULLER

Service No: 402674
Born: Brisbane QLD, 17 December 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 September 1940 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 59 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station North Cotes
Died: Air Operations: (No. 59 Squadron Hudson aircraft V9163), North Sea, 11 May 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Buried at the time in Heligoland Civil Cemetery, but the grave is now lost
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Ninian Charles Chandos Scouller and Ruth Scouller, of North Richmond, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Richmond NSW
Remembered: Special Memorial Hamburg Cemetery, Germany
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Richmond and District Memorial, Richmond NSW

At 1145 hours on 11 May 1942 Hudson V9163 took off from North Cotes to carry out a strike against enemy shipping off the Dutch coast. V9163 was accompanied by two other squadron aircraft. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. The aircraft was lost and the four crew members were killed.

The crew members of V9163 were:

Flight Sergeant Patrick Joseph Donaghy (6501) (Observer)
Sergeant Knox William Heggaton (402924) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Kenneth William Kermode (402363) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Chandos Scouller (402674) (Pilot)

Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was established that Flight Sergeant Scouller’s body was washed ashore on the Island of Heligoland. German documents also confirmed that the remains of Flight Sergeant Donaghy and Sergeant Heggaton were recovered from the sea, but the location of their graves could not be established.

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, 163/160/200
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002