Flying Officer Alan Arthur GATWARD

Service No: 272
Born: 21 April 1917, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 January 1938
Unit: No. 3 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 3 Squadron Hurricane aircraft V7557), Egypt-Libya border area, 19 February 1941, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur Gatward, and of Amelia Kate Gatward, of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Five Dock NSW
Remembered: Column 245, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 19 February 1941, Hurricane V7557 flown by Flying Officer Gatward was one of a formation of three aircraft which took off on an offensive air patrol. V7557 and the formation Leader attacked 9 RuS7 dive bombers and the two aircraft were in turn attacked by 15 Me110s. V7557 exploded in the air and Flying Officer Gatward was killed.


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, 163/33/33

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