IRELAND Geoffrey 16737

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Geoffrey IRELAND

Service No: 16737
Born: Perth WA, 8 July 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 June 1940
Unit: No. 3 Operational Training Unit, RAAF Station Rathmines, NSW
Died: Air Operations (No. 3 Operational Training Unit Catalina aircraft IB 279), South Pacific area, 4 February 1944, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Husband of Joan M. Ireland, of Caulfield, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On 4 February 1944, Catalina aircraft IB 279 went missing on a ferry flight between Suva, Fiji and Rathmines. The missing crew members are:

Sergeant William George Drew (24534)
Flying Officer Austin George Durst (408641)
Flying Officer Robert Maxwell Hamilton (408990)
Flying Officer Geoffrey Ireland (16737)
Flight Lieutenant Peter Lionel Barrett Marsh DFC (408191) (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, 150
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991