LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer John Trevor SOUNDY

Service No: 408059
Born: Hobart TAS, 24 September 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 August 1940
Unit: 13th Bomber Squadron (USAAF)
Died: Air Operations (13th Bomber Squadron Mitchell aircraft 41-12483), Coral Sea area, 7 January 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Edith Soundy, of Hobart, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Hobart TAS
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 134, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0930 hours on 7 January 1943 Mitchell 41-12483 left its base at Charters Towers, Queensland, to fly to Port Moresby, Papua and return. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to arrive at Port Moresby.

The crew members of 41-12483 were:

Master Sergeant Shepherd G Decker (6810612) (USAAF)
First Lieutenant Charles F Dolan (O-426377) (USAAF) (Pilot)
Staff Sergeant Lawrence M Giles (11014331) (USAAF)
Staff Sergeant Karl R Kerger (16027690) (USAAF)
Technical Sergeant Bryan Krisle (6229918) (USAAF)
Staff Sergeant Robert C Mongrain (19019268) (USAAF)
Major Sam I Rubenstein (O-139760) (USAAF)
Warrant Officer John Trevor Soundy (408059) (Co-Pilot)
Sergeant Norman S Wheeler (11029391) (USAAF)

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, 166/38/9
PacificWrecks.com Website