LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Harold Victor WARNOCK

Service No: 403387
Born: Sydney NSW, 1 June 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941
Unit: No. 64 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Hornchurch, Essex
Died: Air Operations: (No. 64 Squadron Spitfire aircraft BM269), France, 8 June 1942, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Victor and Minnie Warnock, of Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Merrylands NSW
Remembered: Panel 132, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Memorial Avenue Plaques, Merrylands NSW
Remembered: Victory in the Pacific Memorial Wall and Fountain, Merrylands NSW
Remembered: Merrylands RSL Club – World War II Memorial, Merrylands NSW

At 1430 hours on 8 June 1942 Spitfire BM269 flown by Sergeant Warnock took off from Hornchurch as Red 4 in a Squadron formation. In the region of St Omer, France, enemy aircraft were encountered and a number of combats took place. During this period BM269 remained in formation. Just before reaching the coast on the way back to base, BM269 broke away from the formation to attack an enemy aircraft and it failed to return to base.

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, 166/176/292
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line