Vernon Harold MINCHIN

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MINCHIN, Vernon Harold

Service Number: 436054
Enlisted: 2 November 1942, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 50 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Bickley, Western Australia, 26 March 1918
Home Town: Wagin, Wagin, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), (near) Bergen, Norway, 29 October 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Wagin War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

2 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 436054, Perth, Western Australia
29 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 436054, No. 50 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography

World War 2 Service Number: 436054, Flight Sergeant RAAF. Attached to the 50 Squadron RAF at time of going missing in action.

Missing In Action Off Bergen, Norway on October 29th 1944, WW2 RAAF Flight Sergeant. Departed Skellingthorpe at 22:20 hours to attack German U-Boat pens at Bergen, Norway, Bomber never returned.

The RAAF crew onboard the Avro Lancaster MK.I PD326 were:

Pilot - Flight Officer Ronald Reay Wonders, RAAF S/N: 423391
Flight Sergeant Vernon Harold Minchin, RAAF S/N: 436054
Bomb Aimer- Warrant Officer Harold Murray Earle, RAAF S/N: 417821

The RAF crew onboard the Avro Lancaster MK.I PD326 were:

Sergeant - J. Fearnley
Sergeant - G. Chaloner
Sergeant - D.R. Foster
Sergeant - R. Kenyon

All are currently listed on the Runnymede Memorial.
Bibliography:  RAF Bomber Command Losses, Volume 5: 1944: W R Chorley; Midland Publishing, 2008.

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