Geoffrey Edgar TAAFFE


TAAFFE, Geoffrey Edgar

Service Number: 421099
Enlisted: 7 December 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Operational Training Unit Mildura
Born: Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 6 May 1919
Home Town: Ashfield, Ashfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, 21 January 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Mildura (Nichols Point) Public Cemetery, Victoria
C. of E. Sec. S. Grave 13. , Mildura Public Cemetery, Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 421099
7 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 2 Operational Training Unit Mildura
7 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 421099

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Robert James Taaffe and Harrietta Dorothy Taaffe of Ashfield, NSW


Mid-air collision between RAAF Wirraway aircraft A20-349 and A20-277 of Number 2 Operational Training Unit near Mildura resulting in the deaths of the crew of A20-349 - Pilot Officer Geoffrey Taaffe 421099 and Sergeant Alan Bates 413510


The pilot of A20-277 was also killed Sergeant John Ryan 414839 - the crew member survived after baling out of the stricken aircraft (FLTLT J.S. Menzies)