O’Donohue, Patrick Francis (Flight Sergeant, b.1923 - d.1945)

Accession Number PR03712
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book
Maker O'Donohue, Patrick Francis
Place made Canada, United Kingdom
Date made 1943-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 426796 Flight Sergeant Patrick Francis (Pat) O'Donohue, 514 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Canada and the United Kingdom, 1943-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Collection consists of one log book of Flight Sergeant O’Donohue, with entries dated between 2 August 1943 and 6 March 1945. The entries record details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, pilots, duties, and purposes of flights. Some of the purposes of flights include wireless operator training, bombing and gunnery training, operational training, cross country flights, aircraft conversion, and bombing operations targeting enemy-occupied Europe.

History / Summary

Flight Sergeant Patrick Francis “Pat” O’Donohue enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 30 July 1942. He trained as a wireless operator in Canada and the United Kingdom under the Empire Air Training Scheme, and went on to serve with 514 Squadron, based in the United Kingdom. With this squadron, he was involved in bombing operations targeting enemy-occupied Europe. On 6 March 1945, Flight Sergeant O’Donohue’s aircraft failed to return from an operation targeting Salzbergen, Germany, and he was later confirmed to have died. He is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Flight Sergeant O’Donohue’s brother, Flight Lieutenant Thomas John O'Donohue, also served with the Royal Australian Air Force.