LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Lindley Russell READ

Service No: 407277
Born: Beulah VIC, 25 March 1910
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 August 1940 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 203 Squadron (RAF), Landing Ground 101, Sidi Hanesh, Egypt
Died: Air Operations (No. 203 Squadron Blenheim aircraft Z9619), Mediterranean, 13 October 1941, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Richard Russell Read and Clara Louisa Read, of Glenelg, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Glenelg SA
Remembered: Column 246, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Blenheim Z9619 of No. 203 Squadron took off at 0700 hours on 13 October 1941 to carry out a routine reconnaissance patrol over the Mediterranean. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. It was later recorded that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members Z9619 were:

Flight Sergeant Charles Kennedy Bremner (553776) (RAF) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Lindley Russell Read (407277) (Observer)
Flying Officer George Washington (42287) (RAF) (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, 163/156/87

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