Gilmour Sydney (Peter) CATFORD


CATFORD, Gilmour Sydney

Service Number: 416826
Enlisted: 11 October 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 222 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Appila, South Australia, 7 July 1917
Home Town: Appila, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Jamestown High School and Prince Alfred College, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Flying Battle, Bentheim, Germany, 17 March 1945, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Plot 23, Row D, Grave 18 Headstone reads: His duty fearlessly and nobly done. Ever remembered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Appila WW1 & WW2 Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Caltowie WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

11 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416826, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Oct 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416826
17 Mar 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 416826, No. 222 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Sydney Arthur and Elizabeth Jane (nee Harvie) Catford of Appila, SA; brother of Ray (Roy) Harvie Catford, Winifred Merle Catford, Arthur Edward Catford, Beryl Ellizabeth Catford, Lorna Jean Catford who served in the Army from 1942-1946 and Sydney Arthur Catford

Plane was Tempest EJ873 which took off from Glize-Rijen at 11.25am to sweep over enemy territory but disappearred in the Bentheim area which was covered in heavy cloud and was never heard from again

He had over 418 hours flying experience including nearly 82 hours of night flying

He had preiviously flown Wirraway, Bomerang and Kittyhawks

Medals: 1939-45 Star, Flying Badge (13 October 1942)

Had 10 experience working with Deisel and Spark ignition engines

Played - Cricket, Football, Chess