Vernon Harold MINCHIN

MINCHIN, Vernon Harold

Service Numbers: W9118, 436054
Enlisted: 6 March 1941
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: Flying Battle, (near) Bergen, Norway, North West Europe, 29 October 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Wagin War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

6 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, W9118, 16 Infantry Battalion AMF
2 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 436054, Perth, Western Australia
2 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 436054
29 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 436054, No. 50 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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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.