Flight Sergeant Charles Gibson STEELE

Service No: 424114
Born: Annandale NSW, 15 June 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 August 1942
Unit: No. 148 Squadron (RAF), Brindisi, Italy
Died: Air Operations: (No. 148 Squadron Halifax aircraft JD319), Yugoslavia, 17 October 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Oliver and Annie Beattie Steele, of Burwood, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Dee Why RSL Roll of Honour Garden, Dee Why NSW

On 17th October 1944 Halifax JD319 was detailed to carry out a daytime supply drop mission in Northern Yugoslavia. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base.

The crew members of JD319 were:

Sergeant C W O Bromage (1880610) (RAF) POW or Evaded Capture
Sergeant David Clark (1824674) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Lewis Walter Calder (427416) Killed in Ground Battle: 12 March 1945
Sergeant Kenneth Douglas Dakar (1581777) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Peter Harry Edwards (1601873) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Charles Gibson Steele (424114)
Sergeant S H Parker (1899056) (RAF) POW or Evaded capture


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: A705 166/38/731
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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