Pilot Officer Donald William STORY

Service No: 4048
Born: Warburton VIC, 18 January 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 August 1941
Unit: No. 630 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station East Kirkby
Died: Air Operations: (No. 630 Squadron Lancaster aircraft JB654), North West Europe, 29 January 1944, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Elijah Albert and Clementia Ann Louise Story, of Warburton, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Warburton VIC
Remembered: Panel 259, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2346 hours at night on 28 January 1944 Lancaster JB654 took off from East Kirkby detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1950 that the missing crew members had no known graves.

The crew members of JB654 were:

Sergeant George Henry Barrington (1538450) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Pilot Officer Harold John Barrons (J/19345) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Herbert Lawrence Wray Cairns (135753) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant George Dove (820031) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Douglas Edward James (1267376) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Pilot Officer Francis James Peacock (160601) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Pilot Officer Donald William Story (4048) (Pilot)


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, 166/38/410

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