George Ferguson BIDSTRUP


BIDSTRUP, George Ferguson

Service Number: 430007
Enlisted: 23 July 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: 5 Operational Training Unit
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 14 July 1924
Home Town: Broadford, Mitchell, Victoria
Schooling: Geelong College
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (plane crash), Scone, New South Wales, 16 April 1945, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Sandgate War Cemetery
Plot E; Row B; Grave 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 430007
23 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 430007
16 Apr 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 430007, 5 Operational Training Unit

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father Ernest Oliver Bidstrup
(b. 20/12/1886 Annadale Farm, Pyalong, Victoria - d. 3/3/1985 Seymour, Victoria) and
Mother Lizzie Marie Bidstrup (nee Cruickshank)
b. 9/11/1890 Melbourne, Victoria - d. 23/7/1961 Broadford, Victoria
lived at Broadford, Victoria.

Alan Ernest Bidstrup
Nancy Elizabeth Bidstrup

23/07/1942  enlisted into RAAF at Sugar Loaf Creek, Victoria

Appointed as Flying Officer with 5 Operational Training Unit

Australian build DeHavilland Mosquito FB.40 A52-70 from 5. O.T.U. RAAF Williamtown lost
on 16 April 1945 near Barrington Tops, Australia..

The plane was flown by Pilot FLT A Warren and FOFF G Bidstrup.
George Fergusson Bidstrup.

A52-70n/aFB.4014/03/45 2 AD. 04/04/45 5 OTU. 16/04/45 One of four
Mosquitoes on a routine cross-country flight to Moree, A52-70 did not
return to Williamtown. Search aircraft failed to locate A52-70. In 01/46
wreckage was discovered in the Barrington Tops National Park and a
coroner's inquest decided A52-70 had flown into trees during fog or cloud.
(Lever p.60). Crew: Pilot FLT A Warren and FOFF G Bidstrup were killed.

A propeller, ailerons and machine gun recovered from Mosquito A52-70 lost on 16 April 1945 near Barrington Tops, now on display at the Barrington Tops Guest House.

Buried in:  Sandgate War Cemetery, Sandgate, Newcastle, NSW
                Plot E. Row B. Grave 5.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/03/2017.  Lest we forget.