Personnel Index - Detail

Name
O'DEA
First Names
Ronald Patrick
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RAAF
Service Number
427017
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Age
21
Date of Death
26/11/1943
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

49Sqn Association
 



Eric Lee (centre) and Ronald O'Dea (RHS) with Eric's brothers and mother

Image courtesy of Sidney Lee (LHS) and via Ashley Hales

26/27 November, 1943; BERLIN:

On the previous trips Berlin had always been cloud covered, but on this occasion, as 440 Lancasters flew over the target the visibility was clear. Flak defences over Berlin, and fighters on the return leg accounted for 28 bombers and their crews.

This gloomy evening’s tragedies had not yet come to an end; W/O Ron Brunt (JB362) had failed to return from Berlin; the 21 year old pilot and his crew, flying in D-Dog, were brought down over Berlin and only the bomb aimer, Sgt Burrows managed to escape with his life; their navigator, Sgt Fred Ashman was only 19 years of age.

Lancaster JB362 (EA-D)
W/O R. Brunt Pilot (Killed)
Sgt H. Bronsky F/E (Killed)
Sgt F.E. Ashman NAV (Killed)
Sgt R.W. Norley DFM W/AG (Killed)
F/S R.P. O'Dea A/G (Killed)
Sgt J.G. Burrows B/A (P.o.W.)
Sgt E.D. Wilson A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 13th operation.



Notices from the "West Australian" newspaper.......published in Perth.
Image via Colin Cripps.