Donald Henry MARTIN

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MARTIN, Donald Henry

Service Numbers: S24262, 417503
Enlisted: 18 September 1941, Alberton, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Alberton, South Australia, 12 April 1922
Home Town: Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Denmark, 16 April 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery Brande, Denmark
Grave reference A 7 25
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

18 Sep 1941: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S24262, Alberton, South Australia
22 May 1942: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S24262, 43rd Infantry Battalion AMF
23 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 417503, Adelaide, South Australia
1 Jan 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
10 Apr 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 417503, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

Donald Henry Martin

The photograph of Donald Martin was in my mother's estate, when she died in January 2015. The photograph is in an RAAF and my mother has written on the back of the photograph ...my cousin Donald Henry Martin 20 years. Killed overseas 1939 war.

The AWM Roll of Honour indicates Donald's service number as 417503, Flight Sergeant 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Airforce. Date of death 10 April 1944. Place of death: Denmark. Cause of death: Flying battle. Cemetery: esbjerg (Fourfold) cemetery, Esbjerg, Denmark.

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Biography contributed by Robert Porter

Donald was the son of Florence Alberta Zeitz and Henry Martin. They lived in the close knit suburb of Alberton in South Australia. A family friend remembers the night when Henry (Donald’s father) received a telegram advising the Donald was missing. It was quite a while before his death was confirmed.

Donald was going out with Thursa Fowler, an Alberton girl (a member of the Alberton Methodist Church). Owen said she visited the cemetery in Denmark and was the only one of the family to do so.

Donald's sister was Valda. A family friend remembers Donald as a pretty rough and tumble kind of boy, up for an adventure. A couple of other members of the Alberton Church were also killed and memorial trees were planted.

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