LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Geoffrey Lennox AVERN

Service No: 402482
Born: Gunnedah NSW, 27 April 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 September 1940
Unit: No. 236 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 236 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft 4936), Spain, 19 April 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Huelva British Cemetery, Spain
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry Charles and Blanch Emily Avern, of Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Cooma NSW
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: NSW Department of Education Teachers and Trainees WW2 Honour Roll, Sydney NSW

On 19 April 1942 Beaufighter 4936, went missing on an operational flight between the UK and the Middle East, and was en route from Treebelzue to Gibraltar. The aircraft was found by Military authorities from Madrid and both crew members had been killed.

The crew members of 2936 were:

Sergeant Geoffrey Lennox Avern (402482) (Pilot)
Sergeant Philip Bernard Crossan (998371) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Observer)

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/89/18
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Winter, V.A. (Vincent Adams) (408547) Noble Six Hundred: the story of the Empire Air Training Scheme with special reference to Australians who trained in Southern Rhodesia, V.A. Winter Brighton VIC 3186, 1982