Research is very gratifying at times - Especially last week!

Discussion in 'Memorials & Cemeteries' started by spidge, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    While working through a source to achieve more Aussies that died in other allied Air Forces, I came across Aussies who were in the Navy, the Army and of course, The Air Force.

    A Lieutenant who crewed a H.M. Chariot LXXVI. X5 and was lost on an attack on the Tirpitz.

    A Captain in the Royal Tank Regiment who was killed in France on the 21st May 1940.

    A Navy Flyer who flew off Yorktown was awarded the Navy Cross for 'extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as pilot of an aircraft of a Fighting Squadron in action against enemy japanese forces at the Battle of the Coral Sea and also had a US Destroyer Escort named after him in 1943.

    A Soldier who was in the Kings Royal Rifle Corp, attached to the 4th Parachute Brigade and shot down over Italy on 11th September 1943.

    A former Cycling Champion who flew with the USAAF and wa lost in a B24 Liberator in New Guinea and buried in the United States.

    A Sub-Lieutenant who was on HMS Jervis Bay when she was sunk by the Admiral Scheer on 5th November 1940.

    And to top it all off:

    A Pilot with the RAF who turned out to be the third highest Australian Ace of WW2 and I had never heard of him.

    My first Aussie with the SAAF

    As well as 30+ previously unknown Aussies killed in the RAF.

    What a find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Well done, Geoff. I'd love to hear how you tracked these guys down. Sometimes there's a fair bit of serendipity involved.
  3. Hugh

    Hugh New Member

    Geoff, those of us involved in research whether it be at the very basic level to the more full on will know how you feel. It is usually a very long road you have to travel but very gratifying indeed when you get a result. Good on you.

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