George William SAYWELL

SAYWELL, George William

Service Number: 414962
Enlisted: 6 December 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 82 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Longreach, Queensland, Australia, 9 December 1919
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Accident, At sea - off the coast of Japan, 18 March 1946, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Longreach Memorial Pool & Aquatic Centre, Longreach War Memorial, Southport War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, 414962
6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
6 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 414962, Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
8 Aug 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 414962, No. 82 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

On the 18th of March 1946 a Mosquito bomber and 3 Mustang fighters were reported missing while on a ferry flight between Okinawa and Bofu in Japan

Two of the Mustang aircraft - A68-770 flown by Flying Officer Murray Geoffrey Short 47460 and A68-773 flown by Flying Officer Alan George Pilkington 406042 - crashed at sea near Kochi with their bodies recovered and they were buried at Yokohama cemetery

The other airmen were last observed near Cape Tsuru but as their bodies were not recovered they are commemorated on the Labuan Memorial -

Flying Officer John Gibson Allan 407213 in Mustang A69-718

Flying Officer James William Nattrass 442477 and Flight Lieutenant George William Saywell 414962 in Mosquito A52-147