Norman Alfred ROYAL

ROYAL , Norman Alfred

Service Number: 414837
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane Queensland Australia, 9 June 1923
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Railway Estate State School, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Meat Worker
Died: Flying Battle, Atlantic Ocean, 23 March 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England. Panel 259. MEMORIAl: ID 15262547
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of Townsville WW2 HR, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, 414837
Date unknown: Involvement Warrant Officer, 414837, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Marshall Sheehan

Crew member of Sunderland B/461 Squadron captained by F.H Bunce attacked and shot down into the sea by nine German Ju 88 on 23 March 1944. When the Sunderland ditched into the sea he sustained a seruous head injury but escaped onto a wing of the Sunderland  with other crew members but he was unconscious .He along with 5 other crew members was washed off the wing by a heavy ocean swell and could not be recovered and drowned at sea