LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Gordon Edward TWIGG

Service No: 411080
Born: Rockhampton QLD, 14 September 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 248 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Talbenny, Dyfed
Died: Air Operations: (No. 248 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft EL360), 1 December 1942, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Llewellyn Salkeld Twigg and Ethel Venerana Twigg, of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Rockhampton QLD
Remembered: Panel 111, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 1 December 1942 Beaufighter EL360 was one of three Beaufighters detailed to search for Beaufighter JL434, missing from an intercept patrol the previous day. Nothing was heard from the three aircraft after take-off shortly after 0800 hours from Talbenny and the three aircraft failed to return to base. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew members had no known grave.

The crew members of EL360 were:

Sergeant Jack Brook (1058482) (RAFVR) (Navigator Wireless)
Flight Sergeant Gordon Edward Twigg (411080) (Pilot)

The crew members of T5197 lost on 1 December 1942 were:

Flight Sergeant Ronald Frank Hammond DFM (400585) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer Hugh McColl (516742) (RAF) (Navigator Wireless)

The crew members of T5278 lost on 1 December 1942 were:

Flight Sergeant Phillip John Otto Mueller (400480) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Ralph Brittain Whitcombe (1055128) (RAFVR) (Navigator Wireless)

The crew members of JL434 lost on 30 November 1942 were:

Flying Officer Peter St Clair Bate (102138) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Richard Albert Galway Faulkner (1162464) (RAFVR) (Navigator Wireless)

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, 163/169/131