FELGATE, Ian Lindsay

Service Number: 427079
Enlisted: 20 May 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Geelong Victoria Australia , 8 August 1918
Home Town: Trayning, Trayning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Postal Employee
Died: Flying Battle, Alberndorf Germany, 16 March 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Durnbach Cemetery, Germany
Plot 6. Row J. Grave 20. Honour Board, Postmaster General’s Department, GPO Perth WA, Durnbach War Cemetery, Bavaria, Germany
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Kojonup RSL War Memorial, Postmaster General's Department Perth WWII HR
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 427079
20 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 427079, 4 Initial Training School
20 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 427079, No. 12 Squadron (RAAF)
28 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 427079, No. 12 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
15 Mar 1945: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

Flying Officer Ian Lindsay Felgate was the son of John Murchison Felgate and Millie Fay Felgate of Trayning, Western Australia; husband of Myrtle Ruth Felgate, of Trayning - Brother of Flying Officer John Melvyn Felgate (436371)

DFC Citation: “Flying Officer Felgate as pilot has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.” (Gazette 12 February 1946) Awarded with effect 15 March 1945. Flying Officer Felgate had flown 34 operations.

A crew member Sergeant Nixon of Flying Officer Felgate's Lancaster wrote “We arrived at the target OK and were on the run up to the town itself when a muffled explosion occurred in the starboard wing. The aircraft took fire almost immediately and the Pilot ordered bale out. The Bomb Aimer went before me. As I floated down there was an explosion on the ground which I suspect was the aircraft blowing up. There was time for the others to get out as I floated down for about 10 minutes which shows how high the plane was when I baled out. The aircraft crashed 10/15 miles south west of Nuremburg. I did not meet up with any crew again because I was picked up about 2 kms from the Swiss border.”

(Extracted and edited from WW2 RAAF records)