LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant George Webb MADDRELL

Service No: 422214
Born: Elsternwick VIC, 25 August 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 April 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 32 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 32 Operational Training Unit Hampden aircraft AN100), off the British Columbia Coast, 4 June 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lewin Stanhope Maddrell and Ellen Catherine Maddrell, of Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 3, Column 1, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Hampden AN 100 took off at 1140 hours on 4 June 1943 for a navigational exercise over the sea. The aircraft sent a radio signal at 1200 hours, but after that nothing was heard from AN100 and it did not return to base after the exercise. Searches later recovered some wreckage from AN 100 from the sea, but no trace of survivors was found.

The crew members of AN100 were:

Sergeant William Frederick Barker (961519) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant George Webb Maddrell (422214) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Jack Ralph (1867776) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Grant Charles Senger (418185) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

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, 166/27/140