LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Albert Francis SOADY

Service No: 14635
Born: Balmain NSW, 15 February 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 April 1940
Unit: No. 262 Squadron (RAF), RAF Congella, Durban, South Africa
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 262 Squadron Catalina aircraft), St Lucia Bay, South Africa, 25 June 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery, Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Francis and Matilda Agnes Soady, of Balmain, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Balmain NSW
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 25th June 1943, a Catalina aircraft of No. 262 Squadron from RAF Station Congella crashed into the sea at 1910 hours in St Lucia Bay.

The crew members of the Catalina were:

Sergeant Trevor John Burrington (1293709) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Richard Thomas Cork (1293579) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Frank Jenkins (416122) (Pilot)
Sergeant Robert Penmon Kay (1554944) (RAFVR) (FM Air/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Henry Teston Lane (408285) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Albert Francis Soady (14635) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant Arthur John Mills (575076) (RAF)
Flying Officer Frederick Norman Croxford White (401331) (Second 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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/38/185