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Oakden, John Edward

Service Number

TX2949

 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor last seen trying to escape

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Sgt John E. Oakden of the 2/40th Battalion, elder son of Mr and Mrs J. Oakden of Sandfly, and formerly of Lindisfarne. He was in Timor and previously was reported a prisoner of war, but is now reported missing believed dead.

 

Oakford, Phillip James

Service Number 23899 Death Date

20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 20th May 1923 at Franklin Tasmania to William James and Margaret Oakford, Phillip was only 18 years old when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.  

He was listed as an Ordinary Seaman when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire.

Oakley, Leonard Thomas

Service Number TX16004 Death Date 18/09/1945

Place of Death New Guinea missing overdue aircraft

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Reproduced for the website of Peter Dunn

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At 6.00am on 18 September 1945, RAAF C-47 Dakota, A65-61, VH-CUT, of 38 Squadron RAAF, took off  from Wama Airfield on Moratai in New Guinea . It arrived at Mokmer airfield on Biak Island at 10.30am. The Dakota then took off in clear weather at 11.15am enroute to Townsville via Horn Island . Normal procedure for aircraft departing from Biak was to radio in 15 minutes after take-off and then again when they had reached their cruising height. A65-61 did not make its first 15 minutes radio call and totally disappeared along with its 28 occupants. No trace was found during searches in New Guinea . It was thought that it would not have reached the Australian mainland.

On 16 October 1968, an American Missionary, Jerry Reeder, was flying his aircraft across the Nassau Range in West Irian at 14,500 feet when he saw a flash of light below him. He flew down lower to discover the wreckage of a large silvery aircraft on the side of Mount Carstens . In mid 1970, Jerry Reeder returned with two American timbermen from the D.E. Lowe Corporation in a Bell Ranger helicopter and landed near the wreckage.

They were able to determine that it was a WW2 Dakota military aircraft. The camouflage had faded from the metal fuselage but they were able to find the letters "CUT" in faint yellow letters on the tail of the wrecked aircraft. They found many scattered human bones and a half-burnt women's shoe near the wreckage.

The Dakota had hit the side of the valley with one of its wingtips which then slewed the aircraft into the 3,000 feet high mountain side. It then fell to the valley below and caught fire. Although in a valley, it was located at a spot 13,500 feet above sea level. 

28 military personnel were killed in this crash:-

On 3 December 1970, the Australian military implemented Operation "Tropic Snow" to recover the remains of those killed in this tragic crash. Support aircraft that flew into Biak were three Hercules C-130's, two Iroquois, a Caribou and an Army Pilatus Porter.

After some delays due to bad weather, a RAAF Iroquois winched down two personnel to the crash site. They were winched out about 90 minutes later with the remains of the victims of this crash. The remains were taken to Port Moresby for identification.

From 'The (Newcastle) Herald'
Saturday 25 June 2005:

"At rest at last

Sixty years after they died in a World War II rescue mission, 29 Australians are to be laid to rest.
Defence Minister Robert Hill announced yesterday that the remains had been recovered of crew and patients on RAAF Dakota A65-61, which crashed in Papua New Guinea .
A military funeral is planned for later this year in PNG.
The RAAF was transferring wounded servicemen from Indonesia to Townsville when the plane crashed on September 18, 1945."

 

Oates Donald Walter

Service Number VX68835 Death Date

4/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Wounds

Burial

 

The Mercury 9th Oct 1943 

OATES.-VX68835, Pte Donald Walter Oates, 9th Div.. 2nd AIF, loving husband of Ivy Oates (nee Grundy), fourth son of Walter Charles and the  late Margaret Oates, of Hobart, and loving brother of Frank, Max (deceased), Roy, Trevor, Terence, Gordon, and Noreen. Died of wounds New Guinea, September 4, 1943, aged 30 years.

O'Brien, Stanley George

Service Number TX2768 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Born at Collinsvale,  the eldest son of William Henry O’Brien and Emily Annie (Millie) Nelson,  Stanley George O’Brien enlisted with 3 of his brothers and on the 22nd February 1942 Stanley was killed in action in Timor whilst serving with the 2/40th Battalion aged 21.  He is buried at the Ambon War Cemetery in Eastern Indonesia.

 He is also remembered with a headstone at the Collinsvale Methodist Church

Thank you to Wendy Wagner for use of Photo's

 

Ockerby Harold

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

The Mercury 9 Jun 1945

KILLED IN ACTION

Mr. A. L. Ockerby, of Sulphur Creek, has received word that his son, Driver Harold B. Ockerby, previously reported missing was killed in action in Malaya on or about February 12, 1942

 

O'Connor, Norton Donald

Service Number TX5611 Death Date

28/09/1943

Place of Death POW Kuie Thailand

Cause of Death malaria,

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

WEST PINE

OBITUARY.-Regret was expressed by residents when it was officially reported that Dvr. Norton O'Connor had died of illness on September 28 1943, in Thailand, and that Pte Ernest Wescombe was killed in action on Timor on March 15. 1942. Both spent their lives in the West Pine district, being members of the local Football and Cricket clubs. They enlisted in 1940.

Advocate Burnie 11 Oct 1945

 

O'Donnell, Henry

Service Number 

TX4012

 Death Date

22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

 

O'Donnell, Thomas Aubrey

Service Number H/1384 Death Date

9/08/1942

Place of Death HMAS Canberra (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 19th November 1919 Launceston Tasmania to Vivian Aubrey and Alice Beatrice O’Donnell, Thomas was 22 years old when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Canberra as a Stoker.  He was listed as missing after loss of his ship.

H.M.A.S. Canberra, a 9850-ton heavy cruiser of the British Kent class, was built at Glasgow , Scotland . She was commissioned in July 1928 and soon steamed to Australia . Following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Canberra mainly operated in Australian and Indian Ocean waters, but also served in the South Atlantic in 1940. In March 1941, she helped to sink the German support ship Ketty Brovig in the Indian Ocean .

In early August 1942, the cruiser participated in Operation "Watchtower", the invasion of  Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the southern Solomon Islands . During the early hours of 9 August, while on patrol off Guadalcanal , she was badly damaged in combat with a force of Japanese cruisers. H.M.A.S. Canberra was scuttled several hours later, becoming one of the first ships sunk in what would soon be called "Iron Bottom Sound".

Canberra ’s wreck was discovered and examined in July-August 1992, almost exactly fifty years after her loss. She lies upright on the sea floor, some 2500 feet deep, with visible signs of shell hits and fire damage amidships. Her turrets are still trained out to the port side, as they were during her brief and fatal engagement with the Japanese.

Oliver, Alan Henry

Service Number 

23912

 Death Date

20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 19th June 1923 at Koonya Tasmania to Edward and Mary Kathleen Oliver, Alan was only 18 when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.

He was listed as an Ordinary Seaman when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire.

Oliver, Herbert John

Service Number

TX3238

 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 23 Feb 1912 Latrobe Tasmania to William Richard and Marjorie Ellen Oliver (nee O’Boyle).  He was on board the “Tamahoko Maru” which was transporting POW’s to Japan.  It was sunk close to Japan with the loss of 560 POW’s.

Mrs J. Fidler, of Railton, s been advised that her son., Pte H J. Oliver, formerly reported as a prisoner of war is believed to have lost his life. Pte Oliver enlisted early in l940 and served in Syria before he was captured with his brother Pte R. R Oliver in Java.

The Mercury 16 Nov 1944

See Tamahoko Maru

Oliver, Rex Robert Dare

Service Number 

H/2000

 Death Date 9/08/1942

Place of Death HMAS Canberra (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

Born 19th June 1923 Hobart Tasmania to Richard Alexander and Myrtle Oliver of Fort Direction Tasmania, Rex was a Despatch Clerk when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Canberra.

H.M.A.S. Canberra, a 9850-ton heavy cruiser of the British Kent class, was built at Glasgow , Scotland . She was commissioned in July 1928 and soon steamed to Australia . Following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Canberra mainly operated in Australian and Indian Ocean waters, but also served in the South Atlantic in 1940. In March 1941, she helped to sink the German support ship Ketty Brovig in the Indian Ocean .

In early August 1942, the cruiser participated in Operation "Watchtower", the invasion of  Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the southern Solomon Islands . During the early hours of 9 August, while on patrol off Guadalcanal , she was badly damaged in combat with a force of Japanese cruisers. H.M.A.S. Canberra was scuttled several hours later, becoming one of the first ships sunk in what would soon be called "Iron Bottom Sound".

Canberra ’s wreck was discovered and examined in July-August 1992, almost exactly fifty years after her loss. She lies upright on the sea floor, some 2500 feet deep, with visible signs of shell hits and fire damage amidships. Her turrets are still trained out to the port side, as they were during her brief and fatal engagement with the Japanese.

Rex Robert Dare Oliver was posted missing, presumed drowned with loss of ship on 9th August 1942

 

O'Neil, Alfred Daniel

Service Number

388061

 Death Date 5/06/1943

Place of Death Deniliquin NSW

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Deniliquin War Cemetery

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O'Reilly, Alban Louis

Service Number 

TX2748

 Death Date

13/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

The Mercury 29 Sep 1945

O'REILLY.-TX274S . Sgt A. L. (Bill) O' Reilly, 2nd/40th Battalion. Timor, dearly beloved second son of James and Frances O'Reilly, Conara Junction, and beloved brother of Jim (AIF), Frances (Mrs J. Owen, Moltema), Patricia (Westbury), and Jack (RAAF). Died of illness Requiescat in pace.

 

O'Toole, Thomas Christopher

Service Number

TX12715

 Death Date 1/02/1944

Place of Death 5 AGH Cairns

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Cairns War Cemetery

The Advocate Burnie 3 Feb 1944

Member of the Forces

O'TOOLE. - On February 2, 1944, in Queensland, Thomas Christopher, dearly beloved husband of Ruby O'Toole, 8 Elizabeth Street, Devonport, and second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. O'Toole, 29 Haig Street, Launceston; aged 23 years.

 

Oxley, Donald

Service Number 

TX13873

 Death Date

4/10/1945

Place of Death 106 AGH Bonegilla

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Albury War Cemetery

The Mercury 6 Oct 1945

OXLEY.-On October 4 1945, at the Military Hospital, Bongilia, TX13873 Pte Don Oxley, loving husband of Nina, loving father of Margaret Sandra, and third son of Mrs M. J. Oxley, and the late Harry Oxley, Queenstown.

 

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