Donald Drew (DD) GARDNER

GARDNER, Donald Drew

Service Number: 416257
Enlisted: 28 April 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Moonta, South Australia, 23 August 1920
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, 4 December 2005, aged 85 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park - South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

28 Apr 1941: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 416257
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 416257
1 Jan 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 416257, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
26 Mar 1945: Discharged

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Donald Drew Gardner died aged 85 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on the 4th of December 2005 - Death Notice in the Adelaide Advertiser

In October 1942 he was on board RAF Wellington bomber HX775 which crash-landed on Las Palmas Island in the Canary Islands - all of the crew were interned by Spanish authorities until March 1943 - the RAAF crewmen were:

Sergeant Donald Drew Gardner 416257 - discharged March 1945 with rank of Flying Officer

Sergeant Hubert Edward Maxwell Howell 400304 - discharged May 1945 with rank of Flying Officer

Sergeant John Hudson Wilkinson 400444 - KIA in August 1944 over Zielkeim, East Prussia (Germany) in 83 Squadron RAF Lancaster PB249 (rank: Flight Lieutenant)