GIDLEY, Alfred Henry

Plane was USAAF Douglas C-49H[DC-3] under charter for military purposes with RAAF aircrew. The aircraft took regular courier trips to New Guinea. While circling to land at Higgins Field in far North Queensland it crashed when it struck the top of a hill while landing in darkness. Six personnel on board were killed.

Last Name
GIDLEY
Given Names
Alfred Henry
Service Number
415975
Date of Birth
05/06/1914
Birth Location
North Freemantle W.A
Enlistment Date
26/04/1942
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
23/07/1942
Course Details
WAGS Course 28
Intake Date
23/07/1942
Kill or Discharge Date
05/05/1945 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
4 COM
Rank
Warrant Officer
Operations
Accidental Higgins Field QLD Australia
Date of Death
05/05/1945
Age
30
Cemetery / Memorial
Townsville War Cemetery QLD Australia
Notes

Plane was USAAF Douglas C-49H[DC-3] under charter for military purposes with RAAF aircrew. The aircraft took regular courier trips to New Guinea. While circling to land at Higgins Field in far North Queensland it crashed when it struck the top of a hill while landing in darkness. Six personnel on board were killed.

Posting on Death
4 Communications Unit
NAA Status
NOT YET EXAMINED
1WAGS - GIDLEY Alfred Henry - Service Number 415975
1WAGS - GIDLEY Alfred Henry - Service Number 415975
1WAGS - GIDLEY Alfred Henry - Service Number 415975 (Plane_edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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