LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Alfred Ramsey ALDRIDGE

Service No: 5226
Born: Coburg VIC, 14 May 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 November 1939
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Mount Batten, Plymouth
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Sunderland aircraft W 39850, North Atlantic, 18 August 1943, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Weller Aldridge and Alice Aldridge; husband of Ella Jean Aldridge, of St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 195, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On the 18th August 1943, Sunderland W3985 took off at 1026 hours authorised to carry out an anti submarine patrol. At 1850 hours an enemy aircraft attacking signal was immediately followed by an SOS were received by RAF Station St Eval. An approximate bearing of 222 degrees was taken. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft which failed to return to base.

The crew members of W 3985 were:

Sergeant Alfred Ramsey Aldridge (5226) (Fitter 11A)
Flight Sergeant Hugh Edward Burbidge (414990) (Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Victor Denis William Collins (409027) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Donald Stanyon Croxford (655726) (RAFVR) (Supernumerary)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Arthur Gibbs (402704) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Walter Paul Greatz (19707) (Fitter 2B)
Pilot Officer William Noel Hill (401820) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Morwick Meldrum (404754) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Norman Henry Orford (51797) (Armourer)
Flight Lieutenant Hickson William Skinner (407977) (Pilot)
Sergeant Walter Slater (19194) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer Ronald Ross Swinson (414966) (Third Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/3/96
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

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Baff, K.C (Kevin), Maritime is Number Ten, K.C. Baff Netley SA, 1983
Joubert, P.B. (Sir Phillip Bennet) Birds and Fishes: the story of Coastal Command, Hutchinson and Company London, 1960
Southall, I.F. (Ivan Francis) (418900) They Shall Not Pass Unseen, Angus and Robertson Sydney NSW, 1956
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