Diary of Clifford Timothy O'Riordan, 1943

Accession Number AWM2018.785.90
Collection number 3DRL/4164
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 16 Image/s captured
Maker O'Riordan, Clifford Timothy
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Diary relating to the Second World War service of 403397 Flying Officer Clifford Timothy O’Riordan, No. 460 Squadron, RAAF. This diary has entries written by O’Riordan dated between 13 April and 29 June 1943. In it, O’Riordan relates his experiences of the Second World War, including being involved in bombing operations as a gunner, moving to Royal Air Force Station Binbrook, breaking his arm in a horse-related accident, meeting the King, and leave in London.

O’Riordan officially died in a bombing operation on Hamburg, Germany on 30 June 1943. However, his diary continued to be used by an unnamed member of No. 460 Squadron and contains entries dated between 29 July and 27 August 1943. These entries continue O’Riordan’s work of documenting the daily events of the squadron, including operations, sports matches, and the celebration of the Squadron’s 1000th successful mission.