Basil William MCGRATH


MCGRATH, Basil William

Service Number: 21572
Enlisted: 30 January 1941
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Summer Hill, NSW, 22 October 1922
Home Town: Bungendore, Palerang, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Darwin, NT, 13 May 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Adelaide River Memorial to the Missing Panel 9
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 21572
30 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Norman Henry and Lilla McGrath of Armidale, NSW

RAAF Beaufighter aircraft A19-19 of 31 Squadron crashed near Daly River, NT killing Flight Sergeant Basil William McGrath 21572 - the other crewman survived: Flight Lieutenant John Desmond Brannelly 406381 discharged 21 December 1945 - final posting Number 1 Tactical Air Force Headquartersn