LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Harold Complin TYAS

Service No: 414438
Born: Manly QLD, 10 January 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1941
Unit: No. 86 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Tain
Died: Air Operations: (No. 86 Squadron Liberator aircraft KH338), Skaggerak area, 26 April 1945, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harold Philander Tyas and Violet Tyas; husband of Myrtle Vera Tyas, of Hendra, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Manly QLD
Remembered: Panel 283, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 26 April 1945 Liberator KH338 took off from Tain to carry out an anti-U boat patrol in the Skaggerak area. The aircraft did not return to base and nothing further was heard of the aircraft or crew. In 1949 it was presumed that the aircraft and crew members were lost at sea.

The crew members of KH338 were:

Pilot Officer George Raymond Bradfield (190455) (RAFVR) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer)
Flight Lieutenant George Walter John Fenwick MID (421035) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Pilot Officer Oswald Ernest Goddard (421201) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Ronald Bede Goodwin (421203) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Arthur John Gudge (152575) (RAFVR) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant William Roy Harris (1661128) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant George Edward Lewis (1850687) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Manson Rupert (R/265606) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant James Thompson (1674638) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Harold Complin Tyas (414438) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Harry Glynne Yorke (1389927) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)

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, 166/40/601

Bibliography:

Jay, Alwyn, Endurance; Coastal Command Liberator Operations 1941-5, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD, 4650, 1996