Ernest Osman MILFORD

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MILFORD, Ernest Osman

Service Number: 416276
Enlisted: 28 April 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 2 Air Observers School
Born: Wales, 16 November 1915
Home Town: Moonta, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School Teacher at Penong
Died: Accidental, Mount Gambier, 12 July 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Moonta Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chandada & District WW2 Memorial Trees, Mount Gambier Avro Ansons W1966 and W2020 Crash Site
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World War 2 Service

28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416276, 4 Initial Training School, Adelaide
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 416276
28 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 416276
29 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416276, 4 Initial Training School, Empire Air Training Scheme
12 Jul 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 416276, No. 2 Air Observers School , Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William and Annie Mabel Milford, of North Moonta.

 

L.A.C. MILFORD
KILLED
FORMER PENONG TEACHER IN
MT. GAMBIER AIR CRASH
It was with regret that residents of Penong heard of the death of Leading Air craftsman Ernest O. Milford in a plane crash at Mount Gambier recently. Aircraftsman Milford was well known in Penong district. He was in charge of the Hundred of Cohen School for about two years, and was very popular. Being a good vocalist, he was a favorite singer at concerts at Penong and elsewhere. On leaving the Education Department he joined the R.A.A.F., and was training for a pilot when the accident occurred. On entering the air force he renewed the friendship of an old cobber and school-mate whom he had not seen for years Leading Aircraftsman Andrew, who was also killed in the same crash. During the parade of the reserve force at Penong last Saturday, the command was given to stand at ease in a two minutes' silence in reverence and sorrow for the dead airman.

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