LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Douglas Howie McINTOSH

Service No: 407603
Born: Murray Bridge SA, 3 October 1910
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 1481 (Bombing) Gunnery Flight (RAF), RAF Station Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 1481 (Bombing) Gunnery Flight Wellington aircraft X9812), North Sea, 26 June 1942, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Terschelling (West Terschelling) General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Constance Effie McIntosh, of Berri, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Berri SA
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Wellington X9812 took off from Binbrook at 2310 hours on the night of 25 June 1942 to attack Bremen, Germany. The aircraft participated in the Third “Thousand Plan” attack of 1942. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. It was presumed that the aircraft had crashed in the North Sea. The bodies of two crew members were washed ashore and three remain missing.

The crew members of X9812 were:

Squadron Leader Matthew Richard Atkinson (39364) (RAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Allan Neil Blackley (403495) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Douglas Howie McIntosh (407603) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant John Gregory O’Sullivan (403432) (Observer)
Sergeant William Waller (1313097) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

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, 163/141/609

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