Noel Wilkinson GADSDEN


GADSDEN, Noel Wilkinson

Service Number: 430256
Enlisted: 1 January 1943
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 625 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Melbourne, 1 November 1924
Home Town: Kew, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Carey Grammar School, Kew
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Shot Down during Night Bombing Raid, Hollenstein, Germany, 13 August 1944, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

1 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 430256, Aircrew Training Units
13 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 430256, No. 625 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Noel Wilkinson GADSDEN was born in Melbourne, VIctoria, on 1  November 1924.  He was educated at Carey Grammar School KEW, a SE suburb of Melbourne.

Enlisting in the RAAF in June 1942, Flt Sgt Noel GADSDEN trained as an Air Gunner under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Canada and England, and was later posted to 625 Squadron RAF operating Lancaster bombers.

On the night of 12/13 August 1944, Flt Sgt GADSDEN's Lancaster, serial number ME733, radio call sign CF-Z, was shot down and crashed at Hollenstein, Germany after a raid over Brunswick Germany. He was killed alongside his six other crew members in the wreckage of their aircraft.  He was 19yo.