KING, Sidney James

Operation Gelsenkirchen Reason for Loss Hit by Flak over the target, sustaining damage to three engines. A fire broke out and the order to bale out was given, Sgt King complying immediately. The flames were then brought under control and course was resumed. subsequently, at 0350 10Jul43 the Lancaster was ditched some 4 miles off Hastings, Sussex. The crew were sighted by a member of the Royal Observer corps and the six survivors were picked up ninety minutes later by an ASR launch.

Last Name
KING
Given Names
Sidney James
Service Number
410675
Date of Birth
03/04/1923
Birth Location
Unknown
Enlistment Date
31/01/1942
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
30/04/1942
Course Details
WAGS Course 25
Intake Date
30/04/1942
Finish Date
21/09/1942
To
3 BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
10/07/1943 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
50 SQN
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle N.W. Europe
Date of Death
10/07/1943
Age
20
Cemetery / Memorial
Runnymede Memorial Surrey U.K
Notes

Operation Gelsenkirchen Reason for Loss Hit by Flak over the target, sustaining damage to three engines. A fire broke out and the order to bale out was given, Sgt King complying immediately. The flames were then brought under control and course was resumed. subsequently, at 0350 10Jul43 the Lancaster was ditched some 4 miles off Hastings, Sussex. The crew were sighted by a member of the Royal Observer corps and the six survivors were picked up ninety minutes later by an ASR launch.

Posting on Death
50 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN

Acknowledgements

National Archives of AustraliaUBC Web DesignCity of BallaratDepartment of Veterans+39 AffairsAustralian War MemorialRSL Virtual War Memorial