Flight Sergeant Donald Richard Gordon TASKIS

Service No: 418584
Born: Albury NSW, 22 September 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 May 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 576 Squadron (RAF), RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 576 Squadron Lancaster aircraft W4337), Germany, 3 December 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Richard Gordon and Elsie Vera Taskis, of Mullengandra, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Albury NSW
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the night of 2/3rd December 1943, Lancaster W4337 took off from Elsham Wolds at 1705 hours, detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off, and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Monchengladbach, and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W4337 were:

Flight Sergeant John Milton Booth (420334) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Lloyd William Lewis Godfrey (418387) (Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant Murray Noel Jennings (420836) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Maurice William Jones (417959) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant George Henry Kaye (1590013) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Robert Edward Duncan Richards (413254) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Douglas Richard Gordon Taskis (418584) (Air Gunner)


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 A705, 166/39/178

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