Sergeant Thomas TARANTO

Service No: 402010
Born: Paddington NSW, 25 October 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 28 April 1940
Unit: No. 148 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 148 Squadron Wellington aircraft Z8330), Eastern Mediterranean, 29 October 1941, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Anthony and Josephine Taranto, of Dulwich Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Marrickville NSW
Remembered: Column 246, Alamein Memorial Egypt
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 28 October 1941 Wellington Z8330 took off on a routine patrol over the Eastern Mediterranean. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. It was later recorded that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of Z8330 were:

Sergeant John Ivan Bramwell (1379133) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Douglas Frederick Conley (1162271) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Douglas Murray Elliott (J/5080) (RCAF) (Observer)
Sergeant Stephen Curnick Ray (1180446) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator)
Sergeant Thomas Taranto (402010) (Pilot)
Sergeant Douglas Harry Warner (1261361) (RAFVR) (Second 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, 163/165/63

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