Philip Kenneth Ross GERICKE DFM

GERICKE, Philip Kenneth Ross

Service Number: 417298
Enlisted: 28 March 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 15 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Naracoorte, South Australia, Australia, 22 September 1923
Home Town: Naracoorte, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Naracoorte Primary School and Naracoorte High School
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Flying Battle, Berlin, Germany , 29 January 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England - Panel 260 Roll of Honour - Naracoorte
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

28 Mar 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 417298, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
28 Mar 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 417298, Aircrew Training Units, Enlisted at Adelaide
28 Mar 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 417298
29 Jan 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 417298, No. 15 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
15 Feb 1944: Honoured Distinguished Flying Medal, Air War NW Europe 1939-45, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette - 17 February 1944 on page 487 at position 4 London Gazette 15 February 1944 on page 792 at position 1

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of David Phillip Gericke and Sheila Millicent (nee Ruth) Gericke of Naracoorte, SA

Plane was Lancaster ED 610 which was attached to 15 Squadron,  RAF and was lost while on air operations over Germany targeting Berlin

Medals: Distinguished Flying Medal, Defence Medal, War Medal

School subjects passed English, Artimetic, History, Geograpy but failed Algebra

Played cricket

Biography contributed

Biography written by Tabitha Zdanowicz, Loxton High School, SA attached as a document. Winning entry for 2019 Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize.