George Douglas Rutherford AVERY

AVERY, George Douglas Rutherford

Service Numbers: 404083, 411721
Enlisted: 24 May 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Longreach, Queensland, Australia, 24 July 1918
Home Town: Warwick, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: University of Queensland, Australia
Occupation: School Master Scots' College, Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 22 October 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Longreach Memorial Pool & Aquatic Centre, Longreach War Memorial, St Lucia Emmanuel College Dining Room Memorial Plaque, Warwick Roll of Honour WWII, Warwick St. Andrew's WW2 Honour Roll, Warwick War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 404083
3 Sep 1939: Involvement 411721
24 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
24 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 404083, No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)
22 Oct 1942: Involvement Flying Officer, No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Beaufort A9-26 of Number 100 Squadron RAAF crashed into Cockle Bay at Magnetic Island (off the coast from Townsville) - it was one of six aircraft making a bombing attack on the rusted hulk of the "City of Adelaide" in Cockle Bay.  According to land observers the aircraft struck the top of the rear mast on the ship. The aircraft then crashed into shallow water finishing some 700 to 800 yards past the target.

All four occupants were killed:

Flying Officer George Douglas Rutherford Avery 404083 (Pilot) - Son of Charles Nicholas Canning Avery and Mary Elizabeth Avery & Husband of Kathleen Hewetson Avery of Warwick, Queensland

Flying Officer Douglas Crawford Bell 404031 - Son of William and Minnie Morton Bell & Husband of Vera Myrtle Bell of Manly, Queensland

Flying Officer Leslie Joseph Schwartz 405455 - Son of John Frederick and Louise Marie Adelgarde Schwartz & Husband of Vinnie Schwartz of Cunnamulla, Queensland

Lieutenant (JG) George Frank Glueck (10246 or 97599) of the US Navy Mobile Torpedo Section flew as a passenger with Avery to gain first hand experience of the actual method of torpedo attack as used by the RAAF.  He was initially buried in the US Military Cemetery in Townsville - after the war his body was taken by ship to the USA


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

George Douglas Rutherford AVERY was born in Longreach, Queensland on 24th July, 1918

His parents were Charles Nicholas Canning AVERY & Mary Elizabeth Brown RUTHERFORD

He married Kathleen Hewetson MADGWICK in Queensland on 22nd July, 1940