LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Terence Bruce SHEEKEY

Service No: 412720
Born: Goulburn NSW, 29 June 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 July 1942
Unit: No. 114 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 114 Squadron Boston aircraft W8290), Italy, 16 December 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Ancona War Cemetery, Italy
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Terence Sylvester and Alice Johanna Sheekey, of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Commonwealth Bank of Australia Honour Rolls, Sydney NSW
Remembered: Victory Memorial Gardens Cenotaph, Wagga Wagga NSW

Brother of Flying Officer Ian Douglas Sheekey (413439)

At 2140 hours on the night of 16 December 1943 Boston W8290 took off detailed to search for and attack an enemy convoy headed for Ancona, Italy. If the convoy was not sighted W8290 was to conduct a reconnaissance of the Italian coast between Ancona and Rimini. Nothing was heard from the aircraft and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was lost and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W8290 were:

Flight Sergeant Colin Coe (1291120) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Richard Herbert Lloyd (1605342) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Gilbert Owen (174323) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Pilot Officer Terence Bruce Sheekey (412720) (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, 166/37/272
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line