George William BATEMAN

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BATEMAN, George William

Service Number: 417327
Enlisted: 25 April 1942, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Unley, South Australia , 28 April 1912
Home Town: St Morris, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, France, 25 June 1944, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Bussus-Bussuel Communal Cemetery
Row 1, Grave 3 Headstone Inscription "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THOSE HE LOVED"
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World War 2 Service

25 Apr 1942: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 417327, No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
25 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Sidney Davies and Florence Christina Ethel BATEMAN; husband of Marjorie Jean BATEMAN, of Magill, South Australia.

Flt Sgt Bateman was killed on the night of 24/25 June 1944 when his Lancaster bomber, serial number LM571, radio call-sign JO-E (E-Easy) failed to return from an operational sortie over Prouville, France. After the war it was determined that JO-E was hit by flack bursts over the target, and was later attacked by a German night-fighter, crashing at Busses-Bussuel (Somme). Six of the seven crew were killed.

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