Roswell Aubrey (Jack) HEADLAM

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HEADLAM, Roswell Aubrey

Service Number: 408075
Enlisted: 10 October 1940, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 84 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 23 August 1917
Home Town: Bellerive, Clarence, Tasmania
Schooling: Hutchins School, Hobart
Occupation: Bank Official & Pastoralist
Died: Accidental (plane crash), Burma, 24 January 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Rangoon War Cemetery
Grave Ref: Plot 3, Row B, Grave no. 18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Hutchins School WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 408075, Hobart, Tasmania
11 Oct 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 408075
24 Jan 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 408075, No. 84 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Roswell Aubrey HEADLAM was born on 23rd August, 1917 in Launceston, Tasmania

His parents were David Aubrey HEADLAM and Lilla Gertrude BRUMBY - he had one sister Sheila Ainslie HEADLAM - his father David Aubrey served in WW1 (SN3108)

Roswell trained with the RAAF No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School in Tasmania & later on was with the 84 Squadron (Royal Air Force)

He died in a Flying Accident in Burma on 24th January, 1942 when the Blenheim IV he was piloting struck a crater when taking off for a raid on Bangkok.  The bomber was wrecked and Roswell and the navigator Sergeant Odgers were killed, the gunner Flight Sergeant Farrer was severly injured.

He is buried in Rangoon War Cemetery and his name is memorialised at the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour at Bellerive, Tasmmania

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