Charles Gordon MIDDLETON

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MIDDLETON, Charles Gordon

Service Number: 437314
Enlisted: 2 January 1943
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 20 July 1921
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Died: Flying Battle, Over Stuttgart Germany, 19 October 1944, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Durnbach Cemetery, Germany
Coll. Grave Plot 8. Row C. Grave 26-30 Local Roll of Honour- Broken Hill NSW, Durnbach War Cemetery, Bavaria, Germany
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, North Broken Hill Ltd. Staff Honour Roll WW2
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World War 2 Service

2 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 437314
2 Jan 1943: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 437314
2 Jan 1943: Enlisted Adelaide
2 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437314, No. 1 Initial Training School Somers
27 Mar 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman
10 Feb 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
11 Feb 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer
11 Aug 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer
28 Sep 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 437314, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement

19 October 1944

Charles Middleton served in 460 Squadron, part of Bomber Command based at Binbrook, England.

On the night of 19 October 1944 he was in a plane which took part in a raid on Stuttgart. The aircraft was a four-engined Lancaster bomber from 460 Squadron. 460 Squadron was predominantly made up of Australian RAAF personnel. The plane's squadron lettering was AR-Z and serial number PB152. The other crew members were:
Pilot Flight Officer Peter FONTAINE (Australian)
Engineer Sergeant Arthur CHISMAN (English)
Navigator Warrant Officer Reginald George Bain (Australian)
Bomb Aimer Flight Officer Charles MIDDLETON (Australian)
Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant George NEWMAN (Australian)
Mid-upper Gunner Warrant Officer Reginald KRUTLI (Australian)
Tail Gunner Flight Sergeant Edward KENEALY (Australian)

The plane was shot down by a German Junkers 88 night fighter near Tubingen, Germany. The only survivor was the Navigator, Reginald George BAIN. His account of the night and his subsequent time as a POW can be found under his name on this VWMA website. In 2003, Reg Bain fulfilled a life-long wish to return to Germany to pay his respects to his fellow crew members. He visited the site of their crash near Tubingen and their graves in Durnbach War Cemetery.

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