LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Terence Harry GORDON-GLASSFORD MID

Service No: 402658
Born: Melbourne VIC, 31 July 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 September 1940 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 179 Squadron (RAF)
Awarded the Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 179 Squadron Wellington aircraft HX690), western Mediterranean, 21 January 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Torre Harry and Doris Gordon-Glassford, of Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia. International Oarsman
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 11, Column 1, Malta Memorial, Malta
Remembered: Panel 122 Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Flying Officer Gordon-Glassford’s Mentioned in Despatches was promulgated in the London Gazette concurrently with the Kings Birthday Honours List 1943.

At 2200 hours on 21 January 1943 Wellington HX690 took off from Gibraltar to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in the Mediterranean. No communication was received from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to Base. It was suspected that the aircraft was shot down while attacking a U boat.

The crew members of HX690 were:

Pilot Officer Herbert Eldon Beale MID (433021) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant John Henry Brown (1107562) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Brian Withers Carmichael (J/9641) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Terence Harry Gordon-Glassford MID (402658) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer George Edward Harvey (144013) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer John Saynor Hustler (121472) (RAFVR) (Navigator)

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, 166/16/10