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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT Francis Joseph Nugent DFC

Nugent460Squadron

Photo: Outdoor group portrait taken in November 1941 of members of No. 460 Squadron RAAF, based at an RAF Station which has been newly-formed and equipped with Wellington bomber aircraft. Sgt (later Flt Lt) Francis Nugent is third from the right in the front row (with an airman’s head resting on his left shoulder above his Navigator’s wing).

SLC Old Boy: 1934

Service Number: 404256

Date of Birth: 16 July 1916

Date of Enlistment: 19 July 1940

Date of Birth: 18 April 1920

Date of Enlistment: 6 January 1941

Rank:  Flight Lieutenant

Unit: No. 467 Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Award: Distinguished Flying Cross

Award Citation: Skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 6 July 1944

Second Award: Mention in Despatches

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 24 January 1946

 

DFC & MID

Photo: The Distinguished Flying Cross and a  Mention in Despatches award (oak leaves)

 

Biography of FLTLT Francis Nugent DFC

F/LT Francis Nugent DFC served as a navigator in a number of bomber squadrons in Europe in World War II. He flew 25 missions in 460 Squadron. The following is a record of the dangers he faced in one of his many missions.

Wellington Z1334 damaged by flak, returned to Breighton airfield.

On the night of 25th / 26th March 1942 the crew of this aircraft were tasked with Ops to Essen and left Breighton at 19.59hrs. They bombed the target although the fin of one 1,500 pound bomb hung up in the bomb bay. The aircraft was hit by flak in the target area at 22.35hrs at 17,000 feet but the crew were able to keep control of the aircraft and return to the UK, however while flying over the Thames Estuary at 00.24hrs at around 1,500 feet the starboard mainplane struck a barrage balloon cable near the starboard engine causin a groove to the surface of the wing. The aircraft is believed to have landed safely at base and no injuries were reported. All of those named below had served with 142 Squadron before being posted to 460 Squadron probably soon after its formation in late-1941 at Molesworth.

Pilot – Sgt Peter Thomas Leeds Hallett RAAF (400276), of Inglewood, Victoria, Australia.

Second Pilot – Sgt Clifford Stanley Douglas RAAF (406349), of Albany, Armadale, Western Australia.

Navigator – Sgt Francis Joseph Nugent RAAF (404256), of East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Bomb Aimer – Sgt Eric Francis Maher RAAF (404448), of Rosewood, Queensland, Australia.

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner – Sgt Stephen Bryan Goord RNZAF (39099), parents living in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Rear Gunner – Sgt Cyril F(P?) Moore RAF (619449), of Balham, London.

 

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