LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Oswald Edward FERGUSON BEM

Service No: 3913
Born: Goulburn NSW, 9 March 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 January 1939 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Station Mount Batten, Devon
Awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), 8 June 1944 (Citation: RAAF No. 10 Squadron – NCO in charge of maintenance)
Died: Air Raid: Long Range Missiles, London, 30 June 1944, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harold Edward and Annis Selina Ferguson; husband of Doreen Ferguson, of Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Proserpine QLD
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

While on leave on 30 June 1944, two RAAF members were killed and two injured when a flying bomb fell on Aldwych, London, at about 1410 hours. The RAAF members were:

Flying Officer Stanley William Burney (412896) (No. 174 Squadron RAF) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 30 June 1945
Flight Sergeant Oswald Edward Ferguson BEM (3913) (Fitter II Airframe, No. 10 Squadron RAAF)
Flight Lieutenant Ivo Warwick Greville (406845) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 23 October 1945
Flying Officer Dick Smith (401713) (No. 196 Squadron RAF)

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 A705, 166/13/260
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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