Clifford Oswald William AMOS

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AMOS, Clifford Oswald William

Service Numbers: 3332, S303924
Enlisted: 27 April 1938, Laverton, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Hawthorn, Victoria, 28 September 1913
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: RAAF Serviceman/University Student (Accountancy)
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Anglesey, Wales, 29 April 1941, aged 27 years
Cemetery: St Mary's Churchyard, Whicham, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Non Warlike Service

27 Apr 1938: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 3332, Laverton, Victoria

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN S303924
29 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, SN 3332, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

A visit to Cliff's grave site by his nephew Bruce, from Australia.

Monday May 11th 2015- Windermere

Today we were picked up by the Car Hire Company at 8.45 am and taken to their depot in Kendal to collect our car.
They could not have been any better with their service and by 9.30 am, facing a somewhat cloudy day, we were on our way with our GPS in full control.

Today was going to be big day of almost 200 kms. (120 miles) but it was our opportunity to discover and re-connect with some of our families history ourselves.

We drove to St Mary's church in Whicham to find the gravesite of my uncle Clifford, whose plane (RAAF No.10 Sunderland Flying Boat Squadron) crashed nearby in the Irish Sea. We found the Church and just as we discovered the gravesite, the sun came out for the first time in three days.
It was so fitting that on the exact day of my father's passing, 5 years ago; we were standing here almost re-united in a sense. It was a proud and moving moment as we stood there just taking in the solitude of the church grounds and thinking about the times of yesteryear.
The sun continued to shine the entire time...how fitting.
We had been so glad to have had such a great experience.

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A visit to Cliff's grave site by a relative from Australia

In early June 6th 1984, we were up at Lake Ullswater and from there we went down to Whicham.

We were able to find some nice spring flowers in the village of Penrith and so with these…. plus some from the garden where we were staying we had a nice arrangement.. It was a showery and grey day and the roads had changed a little (no.5092), so we arrived around lunchtime.

The little stone schoolhouse next to the church is being restored as a residence. The surroundings looked more cared for. The new headstone seems to have been made from a synthetic material similar to marble, the inscription and lettering is cut sharp and clear and appears that it will weather well.

I met a lady visiting the church and placing flowers for a friend and she told us that a retired Bank manager and his wife now care for the grounds and cut the grass. She also told me about the Armistice Day crosses and said that she would place a flower when she visited the cemetery.

It was a very windy place at times with the wind blowing in from the sea across Whicham Valley. It is also a very quiet place – farmhands and farm houses here and there, most picturesque.

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Biography

Born 28 September 1913 at Hawthorn, Victoria

Father: William Frederick Elijah AMOS (b:20/2/1880 Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand)
10/3/1909  married at Methodist Church, Camberwell, Victoria
Mother: Flora Aston Amos (nee GRUBB)- (b:29/5/1882 Williamstown, Victoria)
lived at 2 The Crescent, Brighton, South Australia.

Siblings:
Sister     Edna Beryl AMOS b: 10/11/1910 in Hawthorn, VIC
Himself   Clifford Oswald William AMOS b: 28/9/1913 in Hawthorn, VIC
Sister     Lois Meryl (Merle) AMOS b: 4/10/1916 in 65 Melville St, Hawthorn, VIC
Brother   Ronald Stanley AMOS b: 23/11/1923 in Nethercourt Priv. Hospital, Wilson St., Surrey Hills, VIC

Was a Quarter Master of the Scout Association of South Australia and
Half way through an Accountancy Degree on enlisting.

Worked at Foy & Gibson's in Adelaide

27/4/1938      enlisted into RAAF at Laverton, Victoria

Corporal in No.10 Squadron

28/4/1941       He was a Wireless Operator on the Short Sunderland flying boat of
                      No.10 Squadron RAAF (Coastal Command) that came down in the sea
                      off Anglesey killing six of its crew.

                      His body was washed up at Silecroft.

Operation: Crossover Patrol - 100 miles off Brest, Bay of Biscay.

Type: Short Sunderland III  T9075 (RB-C)

Base: Pembroke Dock

Location: Irish Sea

Crew:
Captain: F/O. Victor Alean Hodgkinson R.A.A.F. Survived. Injured (1)
Pilot 1: Fl/Sgt. Tom A. Egerton 1941 R.A.A.F. Survived. Injured
Pilot 2: F/O. Thomas Gracie Joyce AUS513 R.A.A.F. Age 25. Killed (2)
Nav: Sgt. J. Bradbury 938198 R.A.F. Survived. Severely injured (3)
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Con L. Gehrig 3953 R.A.A.F. Survived. Injured
2nd Fl/Eng: L.A.C. Ralph Douglas Bell AUS207712 R.A.A.F. Age 21. Killed
2nd W/Op: Cpl. Francis Hewitt AUS205727 R.A.A.F. Age 31. Killed
Fitter IIA: L.A.C. Norman Raine AUS3683 R.A.A.F. Age 24. Killed
Armourer: AC1. John Charles Francis AUS15774 R.A.A.F. Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Cpl. Len G. Corcoran AUS4503 R.A.A.F. Survived. Injured

 

29/4/1941       killed in flying battle
Buried in:        St Mary Churchyard, Whicham, Cumbria, England

His name is commemorated on Panel 99 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/7/2016.  Lest we forget.

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