Elton Murray IFOULD


IFOULD, Elton Murray

Service Numbers: 403744 , 403744
Enlisted: 3 March 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2 Personnel Depot
Born: St Peters, South Australia, 29 November 1910
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Irrigation expert
Died: Accidental (plane crash), Bankstown, New South Wales, 21 September 1944, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
Section: Wall 116
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 403744 , Sydney, New South Wales
7 May 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer
17 Nov 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 2 Personnel Depot
21 Sep 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 403744, 2 Personnel Depot, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Rootsweb ID: ID: I547372 Birth Record 29 November 1910 in St Peters, South Australia
(SABirths 1907 - 1928, Book: 856 Page : 182 District : Nor.)

Father William Herbert IFOULD and Mother Carrie Eugenie Ifould (nee FOALE),
lived at 1405 Pacific Highway, Turramurra, New South Wales

402278   RAAF - Squadron Leader Edward Lister Ifould DFC, MID, DFC*, DSO
                in RAAF HQ (DOR-OR NAV)
                b. 6/4/1909 St Peters, SA 
                22/7/1940     enlisted into RAAF in Sydney, New South Wales  
                25/11/1944   discharged from service
                25/11/1944   transferred from RAAF to RAAF Reserves
                3/2/1945       "married"  Mary Frankcomb Ifould
                                    (née Blackwood, a pilot’s widow with a young daughter)
                                     at St James’s Church of England, King Street, Sydney
                29/1/1981      he passed away at Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW
                cremated in:   Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Chatswood, NSW
                                     Section: Wall 12

PM/V 39  NAVY - Lieutenant Frank Henry Ifould  - 1016 Motor Launch
                b. 30/8/1912 Adelaide, SA
                d. 29/6/1944 - on return to Australia, his ship was torpedoed and sunk
                His name is commemorated on Panel 9a at the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 93, Column 1

Elton had spent 10 years working as an Irrigation Expert with Buzacott Warley Ltd.

Previous service:  Militia - 14th Garrison Artillery

12/6/1940     married Phyllis Evelyn Ifould, lived with in-laws 1405 Pacific Highway,
                    Turramurra, NSW; later moved to 19 Grandview Road, Pymble, NSW
(Had 2 daughters)

Elton was described on enlisting as 30 yrs 3 mths of age; married; 5' 6.5" tall;
144 lbs; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark hair; Church of England.

3/5/1941       enlisted in RAAF, in Sydney, NSW
                    appointed to No.2 ITS Lindfield

18/9/1941     awarded "Flying Badge"

17/11/1941   ranked Pilot Officer

17/5/1942     promoted to Flying Officer

18/8/1942     BORN:  A Daughter - Susan Carole Ifould

30/8/1942     proceeded on duty by air to Archerfield
6/9/1942       returned Kingaroy by air
21/9/1942     proceeded on duty by air to Rockhampton
1/10/1942     returned to Kingaroy by air

2/11/1942 -  overseas service in New Guinea area

28/12/1942   Awarded - "United States of America Silver Star"
                    New Guinea - A recipient of United States of America decoration, for
                    distinguished services in the Papuan campaign
                    "For gallantry in action near Buna, New Guinea, during the period 14-18/12/1942.
                     While performing observation missions for the artillery of United States Army
                     forces in the Buna area during this period, Flying Officer Ifould flew repeatedly
                     at low altitudes to invited anti-aircraft fire which would reveal the location of
                     enemy weapons.  While exposed to such hostile fire, he directed our artillery
                     fire successfully on the enemy weapons."

17/11/1943  promoted to Flight Lieutenant

Flight Lieutenant in No. Personnel DepartmenT (2 A/C P)

21/9/1944     killed in plane crash in service at Bankstown, New South Wales

22/9/1944     Commanding Officer, Group 432, RAAF, Bankstown wrote to
                    Headquarters No.5 (Maintenance) Group, RAAF Darling Point

"On 21st September Flight Lieutenant E M Ifould, of No.2 Personnel Depot (test flying
 duties iwth De Havilland), was instrucgted to carry out an intiial test flight in Mosquito
 Aircraft A52-24.  The Aircraft was airborne at 1315 hours.
 Full particulars are not yet nown, but eye witnesses state that at approx. 1345 hours
 the aircraft approached the aerodrome into wind very low and undershoting; engines
 did not appear to come on and aircraft struck low scrub and timber approx. 100 yards
 short of the aerodrom boundary.  It then carried on the edge of the aerodrom and came
  to rest on the bank of storm water canal and burst into flames.  Aircraft was totally
 destroyed by fire.  The reamins of the wreckage is now under guard pending advice from
 Formation Headquarters.
 The pilot of the aircraft was Flight Lieutenant E M Ifould (403744) of No.2 Personnel

Cremated in:    Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Chatswood, NSW
                      Section: Wall 116

His name is commemorated on Panel 115 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  11/7/2016.  Lest we forget.