Gordon Cathcart STRATH

STRATH, Gordon Cathcart

Service Number: 411202
Enlisted: 26 April 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 10 March 1915
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 411202, Aircrew Training Units
27 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Airman Pilot, SN 411202, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
26 Mar 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 411202, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
27 May 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 411202, No. 10 Squadron (RAAF), Battle of the Atlantic - RAN and RAAF Operations
13 Mar 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 411202, 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 10 March 1915, in Sydney, New South Wales

Father:  Robert Alexander Strath, living at Elamanag Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW

Described on enlisting as 26yrs of age; 5' 9.5" tall; 154lbs; medium complexion;
brown eyes; brown hair; Christian Scientist

26/4/1941     enlisted at No.2 Recruitment Centre, Sydney, NSW

17/10/1941   received "Flying Badge"

26/3/1942     embarked from Sydney, Australia
12/5/1942     disembarked into UK

27/5/1942     in 10 Squadron at Mount Batten, England

14/5/1942     posted to No.10 Squadron

Dec 1942      10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF based at RAF Station Mount Batten,
                    Plymouth, England operating with Coastal Command in the Battle of the Atlantic.

3/5/1943       rank Flying Officer

3/11/1943     rank Flight Lieutenant

Flight Lieutenant with 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight

8/2/1944      deplaned Banana River, USA from UK
8/2/1944       deplaned Bana River for Alameda, California
13/2/1944     deplaned Alameda
3/3/1944       emplaned Alameda for Australia
11/1944        sunderland ferrying duteis UK to Australia
17/11/1944   proceeded on temp duty from Rathmines to Neumea
                    and return, leaving Rathmines by Air
9/12/1944     proceeded on temp dity by air leaving Rathmines
10/12/1944   arrived Darwin, Australia
11/12/1944   leaving Darwin and arriving in Dutch New Guinea
15/12/1944   leaving Dutch New Guinea and arriving in the Phillipines
15/12/1944   left Phillipines
18/12/1944   arrived in Darwin
19/12/1944   left Darwin, returned to Rathmines

12/5/1945     posted at Madang

19/2/1945     Captain of No.42 Squadron in North Western area
                     5 mine drops
12/5/1945     completed posting

7/9/1945       posted at Milne Bay - NOR/Comm HQ

19/3/1946     discharged from service on demobilisation

Medals:         1939-43 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; War Medal 1939-45;
                   1939-45 Returned from service badge

1960 - last lived at Euroka Street, Northbridge, NSW

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/6/2016.   Lest we forget.