DOWNTON [CGM], George Alban

POW Italians/Germans - Held Campo 66 and Stalag 18A POW number 9422. Awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in saving his crew despite seroius burns RTA. "On 21 April 1943 the Martin Baltimore light bomber, in which he was gunner, was attacked whilst on operations over the Italian held territory of Cape Bon, Tunisia, eventually crash-landing in flames. Despite being wounded, Sgt Downton managed to rescue one of his comrades before the flames became too intense. For his actions he was later awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)."

Last Name
DOWNTON [CGM]
Given Names
George Alban
Service Number
401206
Course Details
WAGS Course 11
Intake Date
06/03/1941
Finish Date
22/09/1941
To
1BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
30/10/1945 (Discharged)
Discharge Unit
1437 Strat
Rank
Warrant Officer
Medals
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
Prisoner of War
POW
Notes

POW Italians/Germans - Held Campo 66 and Stalag 18A POW number 9422. Awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in saving his crew despite seroius burns RTA. "On 21 April 1943 the Martin Baltimore light bomber, in which he was gunner, was attacked whilst on operations over the Italian held territory of Cape Bon, Tunisia, eventually crash-landing in flames. Despite being wounded, Sgt Downton managed to rescue one of his comrades before the flames became too intense. For his actions he was later awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)."

NAA Status
OPEN
1 WAGS - DOWNTON George Alban - 401206
1 WAGS - DOWNTON George Alban - 401206
1 WAGS - DOWNTON George Alban - 401206
1 WAGS - DOWNTON George Alban - 401206

Acknowledgements

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