Hugh Alexander BIRD

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BIRD, Hugh Alexander

Service Number: 410210
Enlisted: 5 December 1941, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Paddington, New South Wales, 2 July 1917
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Waverley Commercial Public School Randwick Intermediate High School, Sydney, NSW
Occupation: Clerk & Commercial Traveller
Died: died during Air Operations, Mount Batten, England, 3 August 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery
Plot 51; Section H; Row V; Grave 251
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 410210, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
5 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
6 Mar 1943: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Embarked for UK

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Biography

Born:   2 July 1917, Paddington, New South Wales

Father Hugh Bird and Mother Mary Jane Bird, living at 14 Factory Street,
Parramatta, NSW.

Hugh lived with his parents on enlisting.

He enjoyed playing tennis, golf and cricket.

Worked as a Customs Clerk with Carrier Air Conditioning Ltd and later with
Noel P Munt & Co (textile suppliers) as a Clerk and Commercial Traveller.

Previous service:  22mths  3rd Duv 15th Field Company, Militia
                          discharged to join RAAF

Described on enlisting as 24yrs 4mths old; single; 5' 7.5" tall; 9 stone 7lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; medium hair; Church of England

5/12/1941     enlisted into RAAF in Melbourne, VIC

Flight Sergeant in 10 Squadron (overseas)

6/3/1943       embarked from Australia for UK
19/4/1943     disembarked into UK
                    posted to No.10 Squadron, Sunderland

June 1943      a member of the crew of a Sunderland aircraft of No. 10 Squadron RAAF

3/8/1943       came under attack from enemy aircraft during an anti-submarine
                    patrol in the Bay of Biscay.
                    killed in flying action over Bay of Biscay

buried in:       Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery, Bath, Somerset, England
                    Section H; Plot 51; Row V; Grave 251

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

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/6/2016.  Lest we forget.

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