LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Jack St Ledger BALDWIN

Service No: 404879
Born: Wallangra NSW, 14 June 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 December 1940
Unit: No. 459 Squadron, Landing Ground 226, Gianaclis, Egypt
Died: Air Operation (No. 459 Squadron Hudson aircraft V9187), near Gianaclis, 30 June 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Frederick St. Ledger Baldwin and Maud Ada Baldwin, of Inverell, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Inverell NSW
Remembered: Column 265, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 30 June 1942, Hudson V9187 was tasked on an anti-submarine patrol and crashed about 30 minutes after takeoff in the desert near Gianaclis, Egypt. The cause of the loss of this aircraft is unknown. The crew members of V9187 were:

Flight Sergeant Jack St Ledger Baldwin (404879) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer James George Cowan-Hunt (402318) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Harold Augus Jackson (403910) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Kenneth Conway Killoran (109938) (RAFVR) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9816, 145 (No. 459 Squadron Unit History)

Bibliography:

Kane-Maguire L. (Leon) Desert Scorpions: 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945, Australian Military History Publications Loftus NSW 2232, 2007
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989