Group portrait of members of the crew of a Sunderland aircraft of No. 10 Squadron RAAF which ...

Place Oceans: Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay
Accession Number SUK11218
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Date made c June 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Group portrait of members of the crew of a Sunderland aircraft of No. 10 Squadron RAAF which later came under attack from enemy aircraft during an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Left to right, back row: 26885 Sergeant (Sgt) Bartholomew William Simon of Glenelg, SA; O35958 (205785) Flying Officer (FO) Reginald William Stuart Gross, DFC of Hepburn Springs, Vic; 416406 FO Raymond Carl Behrndt of Adelaide, SA, killed during operations over the Bay of Biscay, Atlantic Ocean on 17 November 1943. He is remembered with honour on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; 416164 FO Basil Alfred Williams, DFC of Largs Bay, SA; 413880 FO Alan James Murray of Wahroonga, NSW; 402705 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) James Walter Vincent Guy Of Greenwich, NSW; 406298 Sgt George Leake Fry of Donnybrook, WA. Front row; 14611 Sgt William Cheseldon Henson Moser, DFC of Coonamble, NSW; 23629 Sgt Angus Alfred McVinish of Brisbane, Qld; 62956 Sgt Rhys Frederick Owen of Woy Woy, NSW; 410210 Flt Sgt Hugh Alexander Bird of Parramatta, NSW, killed during operations on 3 August 1943. He is buried in the Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. Also in the crew but not included in the picture was 416991 Flt Sgt Hugh Percival Pengilly of Adelaide, SA. During the encounter, crew of the Sunderland fought off seven Junker 88s, possibly destroying one and damaging others. Finally, with his nose gunner killed, four other members of the crew wounded and his aircraft badly damaged, the captain succeeded in gaining cloud cover and was able to return to base.