Maurice Joseph FREEMAN


FREEMAN, Maurice Joseph

Service Number: 413561
Enlisted: 12 September 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 20 September 1915
Home Town: Bathurst, Bathurst Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Overseer
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 23 November 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Plot 6. Row G. Grave 18.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

12 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 413561, Aircrew Training Units
13 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 413561, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
23 Nov 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 413561, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Maurice Joseph FREEMAN was born in Bathurst New South Wales, on 20 Sep 1915.  

He was employed as a Station Overseer at the time of his enlistment on  12 Sep 1941.  Screened and selected for aircrew training, he then underwent the length process required to take a new enlistee to qualified pilot flying on operations, unde the Empire Air Training Scheme, which generally comprised :

         Induction Training

         Elementary Flying Training - On the legendary DH82 Tiger Moth

         Service Flying Schoool  - DH 82Tiger Moth

         Multi engine training -  Generally on Avro Ansons or Airspeed Oxfords

         Heavy Conversion  - to the aircraft class they would be flying on Operations

         Operational Training (where trainees were 'crewed up' with the men with whom they could go to war) in the               aircraft they would be operating.

Thereafter, they were posted to an operational squadron (in this case No. 460 Squadron, Australia's most experienced bomber squadron, operating from the UK at Binbrook in Lincolnshire).

Their aircraft, Lancaster tail number ED644, one of 26 despatched from Binbrook, was lost on its third operation on the night of 23 November 1943, a raid on Berlin.  Three of the crew were killed (the pilot and the two gunners;  the pilot either inacpacitated by enemy fire or remaining with the aircraft to enable the crew to get out, and the two gunners either incapacitated or unable to escape) and the remainder taken prisoner.

The three men KIA are buried in the Reichswald Forest cemetery in Germany.

*Pilot - Maurice Joseph FREEMAN

Engineer - D A JACKSON (RAF)

Navigator - A E ASHLEY

Bomb Aimer - P A LIDDLE

Wireless Operator - C R KINGSMILL

**Mid Upper Turret Gunner / Rear Gunners;  David ABERLE, T ELLIOTT

*= KIA