LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Harry Neville YOUNG

Service No: 402629
Born: Hamilton NSW, 24 May 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 September 1940
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Station Wigsley
Died: Air Operations: (No. 455 Squadron Hampden aircraft P5235), off the French Coast, 3 April 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harry Leaver Young and Alma Chafe Young, of Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Newcastle NSW
Remembered: Panel 111, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Newcastle Boys High School Memorial Entrance World War II, waratah NSW

Hampden P5325 took off from RAF Wigsley at 1907 hours on the night of 2 April 1942 to carry out a gardening mission in the Quiberon Bay area off the coast of France. The aircraft was last heard from at 2338 hours in position 48.53N 05.57W, but it did not return to base. Ten aircraft from the Squadron took part in the mission and of these P5325 failed to return. Post war searches and enquiries found no trace of the missing aircraft or crew.

The crew members of P5325 were:

Pilot Officer John Edward Maloney (402376) (Pilot)
Sergeant Horace Edward Rowley (402611) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Calder Fenton Woodburn (400301) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Harry Neville Young (402629) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

W R Chorley records: It is believed that this was the first all RAAF crew to lose their lives flying under Bomber Command authority.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War, Volume 3 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1942, Midland Counties Publications, Leicester, 1994
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/65/11
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951