Sydney Charles Bertram ABBOTT DFC


ABBOTT, Sydney Charles Bertram

Service Number: 400404
Enlisted: 20 August 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 487 Squadron (RNZAF)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 February 1921
Home Town: Camberwell, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Dookie College
Occupation: Agriculturalist
Died: Accidental air crash, Larchwood, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, 9 August 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Marham Cemetery, Norfolk, England
41, Marham Cemetery, Marham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 400404, Melbourne, Victoria
20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 400404
17 Jun 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45
17 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 400404, No. 464 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
9 Aug 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 400404, No. 487 Squadron (RNZAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer Sydney Charles Bertram Abbott DFC 400404 RAAF was killed when Ventura AJ454 of 487 Squadron RAF / 13OTU crashed in Norfolk, England

Crew killed: Squadron Leader Edgar Alfred Costello-Bowen AFC 46332 RAF / Corporal Frank Richard Magson 1165126 RAF 

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Sydney was 22 y.o., the son of Sydney Charles Bertram Abbott and Isabel Beryl Abbott of Balwyn, Victoria.

His brother, Deck Boy David ABBOTT (/explore/people/800355), aged 16, served in the Merchant Navy and was killed when the H.M.A.S. 'Centaur' was torpedoed on 14 May 1943. David is commemorated on Panel 9 at the Sydney Memorial, Rookwood, NSW. 

Sydney's name is located at panel 118 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.


His parents have been notified that Flying Officer S. B. Abbott, D.F.C., was killed when his plane crashed at Larchwood, Norfolk, England, on August 9. The accident occurred when he was on a rest period after long bombing service. Flying Officer Abbott served in England for more than two years in a Ventura bomber squadron. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Dieppe raid and in bombing Eindhoven after his engine cowling had been shot away 70 miles before he reached and bombed his target. He is a son of Mr and Mrs S. B. Abbott, of Orrong Crescent, Camberwell. Before enlistment in the RAAF he completed his diploma course at Dookie Agricultural College. A younger brother, David, serving in the Merchant Navy, was lost in the hospital ship Centaur, torpedoed off Brisbane. A second brother, John, is also serving at sea as third mate in a merchant ship. He was rescued when his ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic in April."from the Melbourne Herald 19 Aug 1943 (