DAW Gilbert Francis 406348

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Gilbert Francis DAW

Service No: 406348
Born: Ravensthorpe WA, 9 September 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 24 Squadron, Bankstown NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 24 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-109), Dee Why NSW, 3 November 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Sydney War Cemetery, Rookwood NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Leonard and Olive Jane Daw; husband of Amy Cerise Daw, of Albany, Western Australia. Dip. Agr. (W.A.).
Roll of Honour: Albany WA
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At 1559 hours on 3 November 1942, No. 24 Squadron Wirraway A20-109 crashed at the northern end of Dee Why Beach. The crash was believed to have been as the result of adverse weather conditions and both crew members were killed. The crew members were:

Flight Sergeant Leonard Breen (3293) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Gilbert Francis Daw (406348) (Pilot)

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 A9845, 105

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991