Gordon Harold SAWLEY


SAWLEY, Gordon Harold

Service Number: 407951
Enlisted: 3 February 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 28 June 1913
Home Town: Norwood (SA), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: "Organiser" Liberal & Country League
Died: Aircraft Accident, United Kingdom, 14 August 1942, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Albert Park South Melbourne & Sydney Swans Football Club Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 407951, Adelaide, South Australia
3 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407951
14 Aug 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 407951, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Flying Officer with 19 Operational Training RAF

Son of Andrew Gilbert and Florence Maud Sawley, of Norwood, South Australia.

Norwood Rover
PILOT-OFFICER G. H. Sawley, former Norwood and State footballer, has been reported missing, believed killed, in an aircraft accident in England on August 14. Joining the Air Force in 1940, Pilot-Officer Sawley was trained in Australia and left for England late last year. The report that he was missing was received by his parents this morning. Sawley first played for Norwood in league football in 1937, being stationed at half-forward. He reached top form as a rover in 1939 and gained inclusion in the State team which met Victoria at Adelaide Oval in that season.

Member of the crew of a Whitley Aircraft which was lost at sea west of Findhorn, Scotland on August 14.