Albert Victor Leske SCHULZ

SCHULZ, Albert Victor Leske

Service Number: 28222
Enlisted: 26 November 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 27 March 1914
Home Town: Kulpara, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Agent
Died: Ground Battle, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 19 February 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery, Northern Territory
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bute District Council WW2 Roll of Honor
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World War 2 Service

26 Nov 1940: Involvement 28222
26 Nov 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
26 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 28222, RAAF Station Darwin
26 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 28222
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

The sustained Japanese air-raid on Darwin on the 19th of February 1942 resulted in the following RAAF personnel from Station Headquarters Darwin being KIA -

Leading Aircraftman Leonard Arthur Barton 18368 - Son of Arthur John and Sophia May Barton; husband of Majorie Barton of Rainbow, Victoria

Leading Aircraftman Phillips Stonham Latham 32932 - Son of Leslie Frederic and Gladys Caroline Latham of Baan Baa, NSW

Aircraftman 1st Class Francis Neaylon 20361 - Son of Joseph Patrick and Olive Myra Neaylon of Woollahra, NSW

Leading Aircraftman Albert Victor Leske Schulz 28222 - Son of Nathanael Reginald Robert and Anna Louise Schulz of South Hummocks, SA

Corporal Robert Frederick Simons 26040 - Son of Frederick Quartermain Simons and Mabel Bessie Simons of Allenby Gardens, SA

Aircraftman 1st Class Stanley George Smith 45738 - Son of Septimus and Eleanor Smith of South Perth, WA

Wing Commander Archibald Robert Tindal 76 of Headquarters North Western Area - Son of Archibald Arthur and Hilda Dorothy Tindal of Armidale, NSW

WGCDR Tindal was hit by cannon fire while manning an AA machine-gun.  Possibly the first casualty on Australian soil from enemy air attack.


Biography contributed

Albert Victor Leske Schulz born 27 March 1914 in Kulpara, South Australia. Schulz was son of Nathanael Reginald Robert and Anna Louise Schulz. On 26 November 1940 Albert Schulz enlisted in the Royal Australia Air Force as a Leading Aircraftman in Adelaide. Immediately Schulz was moved to the RAAF station in Darwin. On 19 February 1942 Schulz was tragically killed at the RAAF station headquarters by a Japanese air raid at midday. According to the Operations Record Book from the Station headquarters in Darwin Schulz was serving as a Messmen to the Headquarters. Before enlisting it was recorded that Schulz was a butler in Adelaide. His exact location of his previous job was not recorded but it presumed it was around the mid-north area of South Australia.

It was recorded that alongside Schulz and his Australian compatriots three other American men worked at the R.A.A.F and these men were tragically killed by the same Japanese air raid on Darwin.

The R.A.A.F airbase in Darwin faced Japanese dive bombers aiming for infrastructure and different aircraft around the base. Widespread destruction was caused while buildings and aircraft faced immense destruction across two air raids on the 19th of Feb 1942. Albert Schulz was sadly a part of the seven men who were killed and the 5 injured who were stationed at the R.A.A.F airbase. Across the two initial air-raids the allies lost a total 23 aircraft, 8 ships and 255 people including civilians were killed.



From the SA Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize Blog. Completed by a student who travelled to Darwin as a winner of the 2022 Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize