Francis McLeod PERCY


PERCY, Francis McLeod

Service Number: 423313
Enlisted: 20 June 1942
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 625 Squadron (RAF)
Born: West Maitland, Maitland - New South Wales, Australia, 11 November 1913
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft shot down during night bombing raid, Hollenstein, Germany, 13 August 1944, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 423313, Aircrew Training Units
13 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 423313, No. 625 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Francis McLeod PERCY was born in West Maitland in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, on 11 November 1913.  

Enlisting in the RAAF on 20 June 1942, Warrant Officer PERCY trained as a Pilot under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Australia,  Canada and England, and was later posted to 625 Squadron RAF, operating Lancaster bombers.

On the night of 12/13 August 1944, Warrant Officer PERCY's  Lancaster, serial number ME733, radio call sign CF-Z, was shot down and crashed at Hollenstein, Germany after a raid over Brunswick Germany. He was killed alongside his six other crew members in the wreckage of their aircraft.  He was 30 years old.