DUNHAM, Lewis Melvin
Service Number – 406672.
Rank – Flying Officer.
Unit / Division – Royal Australian Air Force.
Enlistment Date – 3 March 1941- Perth, WA.
Date of Birth- 29 March 1910.
Place of Birth- York, W. A.
Address on Enlistment – Claremont, W. A.
Next of Kin on Enlistment – Wife- Helen Frances Dunham, Father- Walter Dunham, Mother- Olive Jean Dunham, all of Claremont, W. A.
KIA / Mortally Wounded –
Date – 28 February 1943.
Place – Off Cairns, QLD.
Age at Death – 32.
Burial Location / Commemoration Details – Port Moresby Memorial, Papua New Guinea ( Panel No. 9 ).
Thanks for report dated 21/11/2014 from Geoff :- ” RAAF Catalina A24-25 disappeared off Cairns on Sunday 28th February 1943 after returning from convoy escort duty in PNG. Flying Officer Lou DUNHAM ( MID ) was Navigator. There were 10 other crew of whom three were from WA and another was born in WA. It is believed that the aircraft has been found under the sea about 45KM SE of Cairns. The RAAF are completing a formal identification of the aircraft. The RAAF wish to trace relatives of the crew. Lou Dunham lived with his parents, younger brother Donald ( lost in a RAF raid on Germany ), and sister Jean. Lou attended Bunbury High and was a keen rower at Bunbury Rowing Club. He was Mentioned in Despatches for bravery and coolness in the face of the enemy. These 11 men gave everything for Australia “.