George Edward DAVIS


DAVIS, George Edward

Service Number: 437781
Enlisted: 27 March 1943, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 22 May 1924
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 4 March 1945, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Germein Roll of Honour WW2 Memorial
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World War 2 Service

27 Mar 1943: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 437781, No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
27 Mar 1943: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Flight Sergeant Davis was 20 and the son of Stacey Algernon and Jane Eliza Davis, of Port Pirie, South Australia.

His Lancaster bomber was shot down by intruder between East Stockwith and Blyton during a night training flight. The crew of 7, 5 of whom were Australian Flight Sergeants, were killed.

A relatively new memorial on the village green at East Stockwith incorporating a propeller blade from the actual aircraft remembers a 12 Sqn crew lost on 03-04/03/45.

Lancaster ME323 PH-P had departed Wickenby for a routine night training flight.

It was intercepted near Hull by a Luftwaffe Intruder captained by Lt Gunther Wolf (IX/NJG5) and shot down for his 4th Abschusse at 0108.

The aircraft crashed between the villages of East Stockwith and Blyton at 0110 with the loss of all seven crew.

This loss was one of the many victims of the Luftwaffe's infamous but ill fated Unternehman Gisela (Operation Gisela) when large numbers of enemy aircraft on "Intruder Ops" infiltrated the bomber stream returning to the UK from Ops Kamen. They wrought havoc shooting down multiple aircraft across the length of the East Coast of England but sustained significant losses themselves in what was regarded as the Lutfwaffe's "last ditch action" at this stage of WWII