LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Conrad Clifford SWIRE

Service No: 413913
Born: Roseville NSW, 21 July 1909
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1941
Unit: No. 244 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 44 Squadron (RAF) RAF Dakota aircraft KG690), Arabia, 31 July 1944, Aged 35 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert and Mary Emily Swire, of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Column 281, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: St Clements World War 2 Roll of Honour, Mosman NSW

On 31 July 1944 No. 44 Squadron (RAF) Dakota KG690 crashed into a cliff face, 6 miles west of Cape Risut near Salalah on the South Arabian coast. The five all-SAAF crew members along with 29 passengers were killed. Following post war enquiries and investigations it was recorded that the casualties including RAAF members Flying Officers Newth and Swire had no known graves.

The crew members of KG690 were:

Air Corporal R B Boraine (579952V) (SAAF) (Air Gunner)
Lieutenant John Henry Stevenson Glenny (328720V) (SAAF) (Co-pilot)
Air Corporal R Hosmer (572229V) (SAAF) (Air Gunner)
Lieutenant G C Pennington (542660V) (SAAF) (Navigator)
Lieutenant C J R Schutte (102549V) (SAAF) (Pilot)

and the passengers were:

Ali Mohammed Adan (no further details available)
Flying Officer Noel O’Brien Butler (122913) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Pilot Officer Lewis William Chapman DFM (179798) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Aircraftman Class I Alan Grant Clark (1348316) (RAFVR)
Aircraftman Vincent James Collette (1305768) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Leading Aircraftman William George Colton (1648454) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Hersi Mohammed Deria (no further details available)
Jama Mohammed Deria (no further details available)
Aircraftman Class I George Gibb Edmonston (1302762) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Leading Aircraftman Richard Edward Giles (1215493) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Leading Aircraftman Thomas Gowland (1484816) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman Peter Leonard Heath (1507576) (RAFVR)
Ali Said Hersi (no further details available)
Aircraftman Class II William Edward Holder (1671752) (RAFVR)
Issa Jama (no further details available)
Corporal Alexander Johnson (905035) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Albert John Linegar (515427) (RAF) (No. 244 Squadron)
Warrant Officer II Roy James Love (R/152695) (RCAF) (No. 244 Squadron)
Aircraftman Class I Leslie Mawer (1091453) (RAFVR)
Leading Aircraftman James Adam Bridges McIntosh (1374300) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Flying Officer John Kendall Newth (420985) (Pilot) (No. 244 Squadron)
Corporal Arthur Stanley Gilbert Perring (1225305) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Pilot Officer Derek Vivian Randall (178986) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Leading Aircraftman Jack Rathbone (970540) (RAFVR) (No. 244 Squadron)
Flying Officer Conrad Clifford Swire (413913) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer) (No. 244 Squadron)
Aircraftman Class I Cyril Wilfred Turner (1833224) (RAFVR)
Corporal James Whelan (527885) (RAFVR)

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, 166/38/642
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line