GAZZARD Richard George 402115

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Richard George GAZZARD

Service No: 402115
Born: Croydon NSW, 17 August 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 May 1940
Unit: No. 452 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 452 Squadron Spitfire aircraft AB785), off the Belgian Coast, 19 August 1941, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Oostdunkerke Communal Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Clarence and Veida Gazzard, of Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Strathfield World War II Roll of Honour, Strathfield NSW

On a Circus 81 sortie on the 19 August 1941, Spitfire AB785 flown by Sergeant Gazzard was reported missing over Belgium. In September 1941, his body was washed ashore at Nieuwpoort.

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/115/56
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line