LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Roland John YOUNG

Service No: 404130
Born: Stanthorpe QLD, 13 August 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1940
Unit: No. 203 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 203 Squadron Blenheim aircraft Z6645), eastern Mediterranean, 29 September 1941, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Euston Young and Eileen Lucy Young, of Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Noondoo QLD
Remembered: Column 246, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0600 hours on 29 September 1941 Blenheim Z6645 took off to carry out a routine patrol in the Eastern Mediterranean. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. The body of one crew members was recovered and it was recorded in 1948 that the two missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of Z6645 were:

Sergeant William Bernard Billingsley-Dooley (969196) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Thomas Ross Ruxton (83734) (RAFVR) (Pilot) Remains recovered
Sergeant Roland John Young (404130) (Observer)

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, 163/181/44