Robert Ingersole GATES


GATES, Robert Ingersole

Service Number: 415132
Enlisted: 21 July 1941, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Bridgetown, Western Australia, 9 August 1920
Home Town: Boyup Brook, Boyup Brook, Western Australia
Schooling: Boyup State & Bunbury High Schools
Occupation: Orchard hand
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), North West Europe, 29 June 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England No known grave, it is believed his remains are still located in the spot where his plane crashed after being shot down by a German plane, the Lancaster crashed near the Hamlet of Hatenboer Holland, and at some stage, the Dutch AirForce will be excavating the site to see if they can locate his remains, 4 others died in that crash, while two others were taken prisoners
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Boyup Brook War Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 415132, Perth, Western Australia

World War 2 Service

29 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 415132, No. 467 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Robert Ingersole GATES was born on 9th August, 1920 at Bridgetown, Western Australia

His parents were Albert George GATES and Caroline Emma SPRING who married in WA in 1911