MARSH Norman Albert 17520

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Norman Albert MARSH DFC

Service No: 17520
Born: Geraldton WA, 19 May 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 August 1940
Unit: No. 1656 Conversion Unit (RAF), RAF Lindholme, Yorkshire
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 21 April 1944 (Citation Title: No. 101 Squadron RAF)
Died: Ground Accident, Yorkshire, 19 November 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edwin Albert and Lillian Rose Marsh, of Geraldton, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Geraldton WA
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

The Citation for the DFC awarded to Flying Officer Marsh then attached to No. 101 Squadron (RAF) is that of a General Citation promulgated in London Gazette of 21st April 1944, Page 1838.

At 1312 hours on the 19th November 1944, Flying Officer Marsh walked into the rotating propeller of a stationery Lancaster aircraft and was killed. Flying Officer Marsh and the Pilot-Under-Instruction Flight Lieutenant A P McKinnon (RAF) had completed their last dual circuit, and Flight Lieutenant McKinnon was to continue solo. However, a coolant leak in the port inner engine had been noticed and Flying Officer Marsh was going to check this and indicate to Flight Lieutenant McKinnon whether he was to return to dispersal or not. After looking at the engine, Marsh endeavoured to pass forward between the two port engines and the port outer propeller struck him on the head.

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9300, MARSH N A