James CATANACH

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CATANACH, James

Service Number: 400364
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 November 1921
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed by the Gestapo, Germany, 29 March 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Squadron Leader, SN 400364

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Squadron Leader Catanach- Service Number 400364, served with 455 Squadron- Royal Australian Air Force.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was Mentioned in Despatches.

He was 22 and the son of William Mercer Catanach and Ruby Catanach, of Malvern, Victoria, Australia.

INSCRIPTION on his wargrave

HIS DUTY FEARLESSLY AND NOBLY DONE. EVER REMEMBERED

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Squadron Leader James Catanach DFC 400364 was one of the three RAAF members that were executed following their participation in the "Great Escape" and their subsequent recapture by German forces - the other two were Warrant Officer Albert Horace Hake 403218 and Flight Lieutenant Reginald Victor Kierath 402364

SQNLDR Catanach was shot down in Hampden AT109 of 455SQN RAAF and became a PoW; another member of his crew - Flight Sergeant John Donald Davidson 5372 - also died while held as a PoW (March 1945)

Three crewmen survived the war: Flight Lieutenant George Robert Anderson 400316 / Flight Sergeant Cecil William Francis Cameron 404632 / Sergeant John Richard Hayes 404462

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