Mahady, Maxwell J


rank: F/Lt
status: pow
airforce: RAAF    (no: 403003 )
born: 1920-02-13 Inverell Australia

added by: Calvin Wickham

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Maxwell joined 145 Squadron in January 1942 when the squadron was based at Catterick for a period of training before going overseas. The Operation Record Book shows that he transferred from 122 Squadron and there is a flight for him on 26/12/1941 on their records, though the serial is incorrectly recorded as X4950 when it should be X4930. In February 145 squadron started the journey to the Middle East. They started operations flying Spitfires in June 1942, the first ME squadron to receive Spitfires. The Operation Record Book is not very helpful with serials as most of the flights give only the aircraft letter and the three digits of the serial.

On the 26th of June Mahady failed to return from an operation with Sgt Bruce W Bailey (NZ/411030) who had also joined 145 in January. The squadron spent the day on a standing reconnaissance at 12,000 feet over Sidi Barrani aerodrome. The ORB complains that “the enemy only has to send out a defensive patrol to a higher altitude and the Spitfires will be jumped.”

Mahady was taken prisoner on the 28th and spent the rest of the war as a POW including time at Stalag Luft III. Despite being listed as a Sergeant with 145 squadron his POW records mostly have him as a Flight Lieutenant. Bailey also ended up as a POW.

Mahady returned to Australia after the war and died in 2005.

The aircraft he was flying on his final flight is listed as E 322. Oddly E 322 is also listed subsequently on the 30th as forcelanded. It would appear that 145 operated AB322 and AR322 in June from the movement cards. AB322 shows “forcelanded while escorting Hurricanes near Daba” which is consistent with the incident on the 30th. AR322 is struck off charge on the 29th so if Mahady was flying a 322 it has to be AR322.


Squadrons add
RAF 145 1942-01-04


X4930 Scramble 1941-12-26
BL291 Formation and low flying 1942-01-05
AA934 Squadron formation 1942-01-06
BL425 Formation 1942-01-06
BL344 Camera & Aerobatics 1942-01-07
BL344 Dog fight and aerobatics 1942-01-08
BL425 Flight formation 1942-01-08
BL425 Dog fights & aerobatics 1942-01-09
BL344 Formation and low flying 1942-01-09
AB190 Formation 1942-01-15
AD199 Formation 1942-01-16
AD199 Flight formation 1942-01-16
BL344 Formation 1942-01-17
AD199 Formation 1942-01-17
BL344 Formation 1942-01-18
AD199 Dog fights & Aerobatics 1942-01-28
AA934 Low flying 1942-01-30
AA915 Formation 1942-01-31
AD550 Formation 1942-01-31
AD550 Flight formation 1942-02-02
BL291 Low flying & aerobatics 1942-02-08
AD550 Aerobatics 1942-02-09
AB321 Cannon tests 1942-06-01
AB321 Helwan to Gambut 1942-06-02
AB326 Operational patrol 1942-06-03
BP852 Local 1942-06-04
AB326 Operational sweep 1942-06-05
AB339 Local flying 1942-06-08
AB321 High cover to Kittyhawks and Hurricanes 1942-06-09
AB324 Operational patrol 1942-06-10
N21 Escort Hurricanes and Bostons 1942-06-11
AB502 Patrol providing cover for Hurricanes 1942-06-12
AB321 Patrol 1942-06-12
AB339 Patrol providing cover for Hurricanes 1942-06-13
AR284 Standing patrol over Gambut; 1/2 share in Ju 88 destroyed 1942-06-16
AB412 From Aboukir 1942-06-18
AR322 Operational patrol 1942-06-22
AB339 To Sidi Haneish 1942-06-22
AB339 Standing patrol over Sidi Barrani 1942-06-25
AB168 High cover for 213 Sqn straffing 07LG 1942-06-25
AR322 Failed to return from recco over Sidi Barrani aerodrome 1942-06-26

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