CALDER Lewis Walter 427416

LEST WE FORGET 

Flight Sergeant Lewis Walter CALDER 

Service No: 427416
Born: Victoria Park WA, 30 March 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 July 1942
Unit: No. 148 Squadron (RAF), Brindisi, Italy
Died: Ground Battle: Yugoslavia, 12 March 1945, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter and Jessie Emily Calder; husband of Edith Edna Calder, of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 119, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 17 October 1944 Halifax JD319 was detailed to carry out a daytime supply drop mission in Northern Yugoslavia.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base.

The crew members of JD319 were:

Sergeant C W O Bromage (1880610) (RAF) PoW or Evaded Capture
Sergeant David Clark (1824674) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Lewis Walter Calder (427416) Killed in Ground Battle: 12 March 1945
Sergeant Kenneth Douglas Dakar (1581777) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Peter Harry Edwards (1601873) (RAFVR) (Pilot and Aircraft Captain)
Flight Sergeant Charles Gibson Steele (424114)
Sergeant S H Parker (1899056) (RAF) PoW or Evaded capture

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 166/38/731