LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Eric John SUGG

Service No: 407141
Born: Wagin WA, 13 December 1910
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 June 1940 (at Adelaide SA)
Unit: No. 40 Squadron (RAF), RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 40 Squadron Wellington aircraft X9926), Belgium, 12 October 1941, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Dinant (Citadelle) Military Cemetery, Dinant, Namur, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Bentham and Sarah Ann Sugg; husband of Lois Catherine Sugg, of Eudunda, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Eudunda SA
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Brother of Flight Sergeant James Albert Sugg (416085)

Wellington X9926 on the night of 12/13th October 1941 was detailed to carry out an operational mission from which it failed to return. A Military Research and Enquiry team later reported “Local inhabitants of Sautin stated that a twin engine bomber crashed at 2230 hours in a field adjacent to a farm. The aircraft came down in two pieces and did not explode or catch fire. Six bodies were found at the scene with unopened parachutes.”

The crew members of X9926 were:

Sergeant Henry Raymond Gordon Chapman (1377560) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Paul Fraser Collis (745249) (RAF) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Richard Anthony Dundon (995903) (RAF) (First Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Thomas Lincoln Duxbury (R/59125) (RCAF) (Second Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Ian Murray Vass Field (401757) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Eric John Sugg (407141) (Navigator)

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, 163/57/121

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