Portrait of 429369 Flying Officer (FO) Richard Rodney (Rod) Young, 463 Sqn RAAF, of West ...

Accession Number P07841.005
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Thomas, Gwynne
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Waddington
Date made 21 November 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Portrait of 429369 Flying Officer (FO) Richard Rodney (Rod) Young, 463 Sqn RAAF, of West Maitland, NSW at the controls of 'H' for How. FO Young was piloting Lancaster PB290 JO-K when it took off from RAF Base Waddington on the night of 6/7th December 1944 to bomb the marshalling yards at Giessen, Germany. Of the nineteen aircraft from the Squadron that took part in the raid, only PB290 failed to return. FO Young; Sergeant Phillip J Gwynne RAF (Flight Engineer); 419821 FO Henry Stanley (Mack) MacMeikan RAAF (Bomb Aimer); 434484 FO Gwynne Thomas RAAF (Wireless Operator Air); 431448 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Richard (Dick) Thurston Hawthorn RAAF (Air Gunner) and 433194 FO Alan Campbell Bond RAAF (Navigator) were reported as lost on operations. Following the war, it was later established that the aircraft crashed into woods about 3km north-east of Giessen. At the time of the crash, the remains of FO Young, FO MacMeikan, Flt Sgt Hawthorn and Sgt Gwynne, were recovered and buried in Giessen local cemetery. Later, they were reinterred in the Hanover War Cemetery. In 2004, German historians found part of the Lancaster's wreckage, and the remains of FO Bond, FO Thomas and Flt Sgt Henderson in a forest near Giessen. Family members of the crew joined representatives from the RAAF and the Australian Embassy in Berlin for a military funeral service for the remaining crewmembers on 13 September 2005.

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