Flight Sergeant Bernard Keith CONROY

Service No: 420152
Born: Emmaville NSW, 21 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941
Unit: No. 466 Squadron, RAF Station Leconfield, Yorkshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 466 Squadron Wellington aircraft HE481), off the French Coast, 30 June 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Merty Conroy and Alice Elsie May Conroy, of Enmore, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Emmaville NSW
Remembered: Panel 192, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 110, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Wellington HE481 took off from RAF Leconfield at 2322 hours on the night of 29 June 1943 to carry out a mining mission off the coast of France in the vicinity of Lorient. Four aircraft from the Squadron took part in the mission and of these HE481 failed to return. Post war searches found no trace of the missing aircraft or crew. The names of the missing crew are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK. Four aircraft from No. 196 Squadron (RAF) also took part in the mission.

The crew members of HE481 were:

Flight Sergeant Gordon Sydney Colless (413826) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Bernard Keith Conroy (420152) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Douglas Ashton Dunn (413555) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Eric Otho Gregory (401503) (Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant Russell Theodore Smit (39307) (RNZAF) (Navigator)

RAF Leconfield Operational order No 97 for the above mission laid down:
Mine Load: 1 x D400, 1 x D204 per aircraft.
Vegetables to be planted from 1000 feet. Dropping intervals 3 and 8 seconds for alternate aircraft
Route: Advanced Base (Harwell) – Bridgeport – Start Point – 48.30N 0530W – 47.30N 0430W – Pinpoint (Aven) – Garden – 47.30N 04.30W – 48.30N 0530W – Bridgeport – Harwell – Goole – Base


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 A705,166/8/152

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