Lewis Walter CALDER MID

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CALDER, Lewis Walter

Service Numbers: W23575, 427416
Enlisted: 7 March 1941
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 148 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Victoria Park, Western Australia, 30 March 1921
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Victoria Park State School- Wesley College Perth W. Australia
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Ground Battle, Yugoslavia, 12 March 1945, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, South Perth Wesley College Lynch Gate
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World War 2 Service

7 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sapper, SN W23575, Field Company Engineers
7 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN W23575
3 Oct 1941: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sapper, SN W23575, Royal Australian Engineers, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
5 Jul 1942: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sapper, SN W23575, Royal Australian Engineers
8 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 427416, 5 Initial Training School
8 Jul 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 427416
14 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 427416, No. 148 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

148SQN RAF Halifax JD319 was on a mission to drop ammunition supplies to Yugoslavia Partisans when it crashed into trees on a mountain near Solcava and four of the crew were killed (17/10/1944): Flight Sergeant Charles Gibson Steele 424114 RAAF / Flight Sergeant Edwards 1601873 RAF / Sergeant Daker 1581777 RAF / Sergeant Clarke 1824674 RAF

Flight Sergeant Lewis Walter Calder 427416 RAAF survived the crash along with Sergeant Parker 1899056 RAF and Sergeant Bromage 1880610 RAF (as this member was uninjured he was evacuated from the area and taken back to Allied lines in Italy)

Calder and Parker were injured and being cared for at a Partisan hospital facility in the vicinity of Ljubno, Yugoslavia which was attacked by German forces (12/03/1945) with FSGT Calder being killed (buried in Trbovlje Civil Cemetery, Slovenia) and SGT Parker taken POW (not on the CWGC - must have survived the war)

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