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    Wing Commander Sheehan was an Australian serving in the RAF, killed 24/25 August 1942 on a raid on Frankfurt in R5662 with the 61 Sqn crew of F/Sgt Noel Roy Meyer. RNZAF. This may have been a second dickey trip, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Sheehan was slated to take over 61 Sqn, but does anyone have any information that confirms or denies this? I have a little biographical information on him, but I suspect there may be an interesting story here.

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    Hello Susan, and Welcome to the RAFCommands.

    Here is what I have in my files on George Harcus SHEEHAN:

    Born: 28/3/1915 New South Wales, Australia.

    Enlisted RAAF, Point Cook, Victoria (Cadet) 15/1/1935 (Intake - 30 cadets, 8 of whom would eventually be granted Short Servive Commissions in the RAF).

    Graduated - Point Cook 10/11/1935

    Departed Melbourne (Station Pier), 14/1/1935, aboard R.M.S. Comorin (picked up Geoffrey Edward HORNE at Fremantle, Western Australia) en route to London. The eight were:

    37582 Frederick William FLOOD - + 11/9/1940. No.235 Sqn. Blenheim IV Z5725:LA-G - CCL1/63.
    37585 Geoffrey Edward HORNE
    37584 Henry Daniel NEWMAN - Twice Mentioned in Despatches (WWII) (later OBE).
    ?????? John Barrington PASCOE-WEBB - + 13/4/1937 No.27(B) Sqn. Wapiti IIA K1031.
    37583 Vernon RAY - Later transferred to RAAF (1/4/1941), 282629 - KCVSA (W/C.) 1/9/1944.
    37587 George Harcus SHEEHAN - + 25/8/1942 No.61 Sqn. Lancaster I R5662 - BCL3/189.
    37588 Ernest Alfred WHITELEY - Later S/L, DFC. 25/7/1941 - No.69 Sqn.
    37589 Noel William WRIGHT - + 24/8/1943 No.77 Sqn. RAF, Halifax II JD465:KN-U - BCL4/281.

    All granted Short Service Commissions on 21/2/1936, and to RAF Uxbridge.

    Sheehan, confirmed in appointment as Acting Pilot Officer and graded Pilot Officer 16/8/1936.

    Posted to No.102 (B) Sqn, Finningley, 6/10/1936.

    Acting Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 21/9/1937.

    Promoted to Flight Lieutenant 21/9/1939.

    Father, James Arthur SHEEHAN (67) died 15/4/1940 (Bago Lower, Batlow, N.S.W.).

    Injured - No.16 OTU Hampden I P1251 - 7/5/1940 - BCL7/14.

    Promoted to Squadron Leader 1/12/1940.

    Mentioned in Despatches (A/S/L) 1/1/1941 (New Year's Honours List).

    Promoted to Wing Commander 1/6/1942.

    F.T.R. (Frankfurt) 25/8/1942 - No.61 Sqn. Lancaster I R5662:QR-A - BCL3/189.

    In correspondence, Sheehan is mentioned as 2nd Pilot aboard R5662. As to the leadership of No.61 Sqn., I have no information.

    That's all that I have. If you have more, I would appreciate seeing it. Corrections, additions welcomed.

    Col.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
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    ...That's all that I have. If you have more, I would appreciate seeing it. Corrections, additions welcomed.

    Col.
    Definitely lines up with what I have, although I can add that he married Shelagh Isobel Annesley on 6 August 1942. She later married an Army officer, Eric Weston Tory, and they had four children.

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    Susan,

    Thanks for the information on Sheehan's wife. I was aware of the marriage, his wife being his Next-of-Kin, but did not have the details. Much appreciated.

    Col.

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