DRAFFIN, Ronald John

On the night of the 24 March 1944, Halifax MZ510 took off from RAF Leconfield at 1922 hours, detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at Dinslaken – six of the crew were killed and Flying Officer Bunster became a Prisoner of War.

Last Name
DRAFFIN
Given Names
Ronald John
Service Number
427450
Date of Birth
16/09/1913
Birth Location
Carnarvon W.A
Enlistment Date
14/07/1942
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
15/10/1942
Course Details
WAGS Course 31
Intake Date
15/10/1942
Finish Date
08/04/1943
To
3 BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
25/03/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
640 SQN
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle Germany
Date of Death
25/03/1944
Age
30
Cemetery / Memorial
Riechswald Forest War Cemetery
Notes

On the night of the 24 March 1944, Halifax MZ510 took off from RAF Leconfield at 1922 hours, detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed at Dinslaken – six of the crew were killed and Flying Officer Bunster became a Prisoner of War.

Posting on Death
640 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - DRAFFIN Ronald John - Service Number 427450 (edited-1)
1WAGS - DRAFFIN Ronald John - Service Number 427450 (edited-1)
1WAGS - DRAFFIN Ronald John - Service Number 427450 (ITS_edited-1)

Acknowledgements

National Archives of AustraliaUBC Web DesignCity of BallaratDepartment of Veterans+39 AffairsAustralian War MemorialRSL Virtual War Memorial