LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Alfred Mervyn DAVEY

Service No: 416550
Born: Adelaide SA, 17 January 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 July 1941
Unit: No. 612 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Chivenor, Devon
Died: Air Operations (No. 612 Squadron Wellington aircraft HF205), Bay of Biscay, 30 October 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Granville Hender Davey and Olive Mary Davey, of St. Georges, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Burnside SA
Remembered: Panel 187, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Wellington HF205 of No 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron took off from Chivenor at 2332 hours on 29 October 1943 on an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft was due to land at 0930 hours on 30 October 1943, but did not return and no radio message was received. The weather was continuous rain and low cloud with conditions bad for radio communications. The aircraft and crew is presumed lost at sea.

The crew members of HF205 were:

Flying Officer Alfred Mervyn Davey (416550) (Navigator – Bombardier)
Sergeant William Frederick Ellis (1377203) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Bernard Harold Hall (1215898) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Sydney Roland Jones (1451041) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer William Wilson (131875) (RAFVR) (Gunner – S)
Flying Officer Roy Stephenson Yeadon (111950) (RAFVR) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/9/198

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