Warrant Officer Donald May - 460 Squadron  
   

Warrant Officer Donald Bernard May - RAAF

 

Warrant Officer Donald Bernard May was serving as Wireless Operator on board Lancaster MK.III PB807 coded AR-H for an operation to Wiesbaden on February 2/3, 1945. The aircraft departed from Binbrook at 2042hrs but crashed near Riedelbach killing six of the seven men aboard, including W/O May. 

The crew  consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O John Maguire

RAAF

Pilot

Traralgon,Victoria

21

Sgt Ray Newton

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Westcliffe on Sea, Essex

25

F/Sgt Norman Everett

RAAF

Navigator

Kyogle,N.S.W.

20

F/Sgt R.Whiticar - POW

-

Bomb Aimer

-

31

W/O Donald May

RAAF

Wireless Air Gunner

Nunjikompita,N.S.W.

20

F/Sgt David Russell

RCAF

Air Gunner

Ontario, Canada

26

Sgt Wilfred Potter

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Manchester

29

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Service Record

 

 Warrant Officer Donald Bernard May RAAF was the son of Charlie and Bessie May who farmed at Nunjikompita, New South Wales and was one of five brothers and 3 sisters. He worked on the farm and listed his interests as tennis, football and running. He was born in Ellsiton, South Australia on May 18th 1924 and enlisted at Adelaide on the 12th September 1942. He disembarked on October 9, 1943 to the U.K and the reception centre at Brighton. He attended No 6(Observer) Advanced Flying Unit at Staverton in November 1943, followed by 18 OTU at Finningley on Februarr 2.1944,11 Base on June 6,1944 before posting to 460 squadron at Binbrook on 10th August 1944. He was promoted to Warrant Officer on December 23,1944. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour for Ceduna, South Australia.

 

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Robert May, research by Linda Ibrom.