Maxwell Allen (Max) WEEKS

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WEEKS, Maxwell Allen

Service Number: 437036
Enlisted: 10 October 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 7 September 1921
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide High School, Cowandilla, Giles St Practising, Black Forest, Goodwood Central, and Parkside Schools
Occupation: Painter & Signwriter (Tube Mills)
Died: Accidental, Moreton in Marsh, England, United Kingdom, 12 August 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Grave 123, Plot H/3 - Also AWM Roll of Honour panel 132, Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of West Torrens WW2 Boulevard of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437036, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 437036
11 Oct 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 437036, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme
30 Aug 1943: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 437036, Aircrew Training Units
12 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 437036, Operational Training Units (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement

All of Francis James Weeks 4 Sons enlisted WW2 : Stan, James ( Jim ), Max & Charlie

All of Francis James Weeks 4 Sons enlisted WW2 : Stan, James ( Jim ), Max & Charlie
( as did the Francis James 4 Brothers in WW1 : Francis James [ Jim ], Leslie Horace, Stanley William & Roy Eric ) ;
listed in order of seniority : from Noarlunga, SA Colonial Pioneer Farming Family, Francis Allen Prideaux Weeks & Elizabeth nee Northey

Interesting Note : Traditionally, the Eldest ( &or 2nd Eldest ) Children left School earlier than usual to hold Adult jobs, to assist the Parent/s in supporting the youngest children, particularly where the Family size was above average ;
Being of working Class backgrounds, this was the case for 2 successive Generations of the Weeks Families ; in both :-

* WW1 Francis James ( & Leslie Horace, 2nd eldest ) Weeks
1903 Francis James Weeks started work as a 14 year old boy, at the Glenthorne Farm Estate approximately with 1903 Apr18 Plough age, under George Brookman
Francis James ( Jim ) Weeks & his 4 pre WW2 Sons ( Stan, James, Max & Charlie ) worked tirelessly on " Uncle " Jocks ( Harris ) Family Farm during the Great Depression ( compulsory acquired by the Commonwealth Government, for the Adelaide Airport in 1946, as with many other Dairies / Farms, of the Era
&
* WW2 Stan Leslie ( & Lorna Nellie, eldest ) Weeks
1934 Nov 06 Stan L C Weeks ( eldest of 4 WW2 Weeks Brothers ), enlisted as " Permanent Forces " Ordinary Seaman 20507 Melbourne, Victoria


Max, Charlie ( & Jim ) Common postings &or Dates as per Max’s ( Wellington ) Flying Log Book, Service Record, Charlie’s Airman Service Record & Max’s Airgraphs 1943 Nov 16 – 1944 Feb 16 :-

1934 Nov 06 Stan L C Weeks ( eldest of 4 WW2 Weeks Brothers ), enlisted as " Permanent Forces " Ordinary Seaman 20507 Melbourne, Victoria
1942 Feb 11 Max & Charles Harold Weeks enlist in RAAF Reserve Class E5 ( Air Crew V ), at Adelaide No 5 Recruiting Station
1942 Feb 12 James already on the RAAF Reserve
1942 Oct 10 Max & Charlie No 4 ITS Victor Harbour, South Australia
1943 Jan 07 Max & Charlie No 11 EFTS Benalla, Victoria
1943 Apr 10 Max & Charlie No 7 SFTS Deniliquin, New South Wales
1943 Apr - Nov James met Clark Gable, who suffered FROST BITE on 1 occasion with only leather gloves, filming segments of the propaganda Film " Combat America " to assist in declining Air Gunnery Recruitment due to horrendously high casualty rates ( 50+ % ) akin to WW1 ;
1943 May According to Max’s airgraph ( 1944 Jan 9 ) to his Mother ( “ Da “ ), James had already been in USA NY ? from 1943 May onwards ( 4 Months earlier ? )
1943 Oct 09 Charlie arrives in UK from USA
1943 Sep 26 – Oct 12 Max in USA & NY
1943 Nov 16 Max’s Airgraph “ Jimmy Charlie & myself have been united again “
1943 Nov 18 Max’s Airgraph “ Jimmy is down here with us now “
1943 Dec 08 Max’s Airgraph “ Jimmy left the other day “
1944 Feb 16 Max’s Airgraph “ Charlie & myself are again stationed together “
1944 Mch 21 posted SAME time ; Max & Charlie posted to No 6 ( P ) AFU Little Rissington ;
1944 Apr 06 Max's Airgraph : Max & Charlie visit to Tommy Crook ( nee Harris Family ), Horsepath
( Horspath – old Roman &or Norman Route ), Oxford ( Oxfordshire ), England ;
1943 Nov - Dec ? previously " Jimmy visited " Tommy Crook & Family
( birth place of Maternal Grandfather, Charles " Chas " Harris, Coach builder, Waymouth St, Johns St & then Wright St, City, Adelaide, South Australia
1944 Apr 25 posted SAME time ; Max : No 15416 Bat Flight Pershore ; Charlie : 1516 Bat : Flight ?
1944 May 02 posted SAME time ; Max : Windrush ; Charlie : ceased to be attached
1944 Jun 10 Max's Airgraph : Max & Charlie visit to Tommy Crook ( nee Harris Family ), Horsepath ( Horspath ), Oxford ( Oxfordshire ), England ;
1944 Aug 12 Max killed
1944 Sep 16 James RAAF ( " ret " ) returned


3 of 4. RAAF Pilot Flt Sgt 437036 Weeks, Maxell Allen

Occupation : Painter & Signwriter ? ( Charlie Bricklayer's Improver ? ) for Merv C Wood ? Maddern Avenue, Glandore, South Australia ;
Residence: Francis James Weeks & Mother : Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris, 37 Milner St, Hilton, South Australia
Born: 7 September 1921, Adelaide, South Australia
Religion : Church of England
School/s : 1927 - 1935 Adelaide High, Cowandilla, Gilles St Practising, Black Forest, Goodwood Central, Parkside, Schools, all South Australia
Son of Francis James Weeks & Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris
Marital Status : Single
Next of kin: Father : Francis James Weeks & Mother : Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris, 37 Milner St, Hilton, South Australia
Enlisted : 10 October 1942 ( as Air Crew V ), No 5 Recruiting Station, Adelaide
( Attested SAME day as youngest Brother Charlie Harold [ as WW1 Francis James & Leslie Horace did together in 1913 Feb 10 ],
almost 1 Month AFTER 2nd Eldest Brother James John )
Embarked: 30 August 1943 Melbourne, Victoria ?
Age at embarkation : 22 ?
Served : UK & Europe
Medals : 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal ?
Unit : 21 Operational Training RAF
Death: 12 August 1944, Moreton in Marsh, United Kingdom
Buried : Grave 123, Plot H/3, Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Memorials : AWM148 Roll of Honour cards ; panel 132 Commemorative Area AWM


Occupation / Working Life :-
1929 - 1933 Francis James ( Jim ) Weeks & his 4 pre WW2 Sons ( Stan, James, Max & Charlie ) worked tirelessly on " Uncle " Jocks ( Harris ) Family Farm during the Great Depression ( compulsory acquired by the Commonwealth Government, for the Adelaide Airport in 1946, as with many other Dairies / Farms, of the Era

1942 Oct 10 Painter & Signwriter ? possibly for Tube Mills ? ( Charlie Bricklayer's Improver ? ) for Merv C Wood ? Maddern Avenue, Glandore, South Australia

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* Civilian :

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3 of 4. RAAF Pilot Flt Sgt 437036 Weeks, Maxell Allen

Occupation : Painter & Signwriter possibly Tube Mills ? ( Charlie Bricklayer's Improver ? ) for Merv C Wood ? Maddern Avenue, Glandore, South Australia ;
Residence: Francis James Weeks & Mother : Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris, 37 Milner St, Hilton, South Australia
Born: 7 September 1921, Adelaide, South Australia
Religion : Church of England
School/s : 1927 - 1935 Adelaide High, Cowandilla, Gilles St Practising, Black Forest, Goodwood Central, Parkside, Schools, all South Australia
Son of Francis James Weeks & Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris
Marital Status : Single
Next of kin: Father : Francis James Weeks & Mother : Ellen Theresa ( " Da " or Nellie ) nee Harris, 37 Milner St, Hilton, South Australia
Enlisted : 10 October 1942 ( as Air Crew V ), No 5 Recruiting Station, Adelaide
( Attested SAME day as youngest Brother Charlie Harold [ as WW1 Francis James & Leslie Horace did together in 1913 Feb 10 ],
almost 1 Month AFTER 2nd Eldest Brother James John )
Embarked: 30 August 1943 Melbourne, Victoria ?
Age at embarkation : 22 ?  
Served : UK & Europe
Medals : 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal ?
Unit : 21 Operational Training RAF
Death: 12 August 1944, Moreton in Marsh, United Kingdom
Buried : Grave 123, Plot H/3, Oxford (Botley) Cemetery,  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Memorials : AWM148 Roll of Honour cards ; panel 132 Commemorative Area AWM

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