Eric Arthur GIRDLER


GIRDLER, Eric Arthur

Service Number: 404052
Enlisted: 29 April 1940
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Aircrew Training Units
Born: Esk, Queensland, Australia, 29 September 1913
Home Town: Imbil, Gympie Regional Council, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Casino, New South Wales, Australia, 4 March 1941, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Ipswich General Cemetery, Qld
C of E Plot Section A Grave A8684
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2, Imbil War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 404052
29 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 404052, Aircrew Training Units

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

LAC Girdler 404052 RAAF was killed when Anson aircraft W1535 crashed following a mid-air collision with Anson aircraft W1533

The two aircraft from 3 Service Flying Training School at Amberley were engaged on a cross country Navigation exercise when they collided at approximately 2500 feet 11 miles north-west of Casino, NSW - W1533 damaged the tail of W1535 and LAC O’Brien survived by jumping by parachute. LAC Girdler did not obtain his required parachute before the flight (in disobedience of orders).

Aircraft W1533 landed at Casino with damage to starboard mainplane and part of their wing missing - there were no injuries to the two crew and two passengers aboard.