George Alexander JACOBSON

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JACOBSON, George Alexander

Service Number: 22102
Enlisted: 5 April 1940, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 514 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 25 March 1917
Home Town: Gunalda, Gympie Regional Council, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Truck driver/Shop assistant
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Netherlands, 23 April 1944, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England - Panel 257
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Tiaro Shire Honour Roll WW2, Tiaro War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

5 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 22102, Brisbane, Queensland
23 Apr 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 22102, No. 514 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

George Flew With my Great Uncle

George was the navigator of the crew in which my Great Uncle, Ernest 'Sunny' Gledhill, was the radio operator.
They both perished together in April 1944. After conducting research, it seems that their Lancaster had been hit and was 'limping' back to their base, at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, UK. The aircraft didn't make it and they came down into the North Sea off the Dutch coast. Despite the fact that my Great Uncle had radioed in their co-ordinates and a subsequent search by the RAF having taken place, the wreckage was never found. Two of the crew's bodies were washed ashore onto the beaches of the Frisian Islands and they are both buried in the Sage War Graves Cemetery in Germany. But neither George's nor my Great Uncle's bodies were ever found.
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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Charles Jacobson & Elizabeth Agnes Lacey.

George enlisted in the army in 1939 before transferring to the R.A.A.F. 514 Squadron R.A.F HOLLAND 2102 Flying Officer

He served in Canada and England as a navigator with the Lancaster Squadron No 514.

He lost his life in a battle over Holland on the 23 April 1944.