LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Geoffrey Reginald DEAN

Service No: 408057
Born: Hobart TAS, 21 July 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 April 1940
Unit: No. 1 Service Flying Training School, Point Cook VIC
Died: Presumed Accidental Drowning, Port Phillip Bay VIC, 11 January 1941, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Niche Wall, Springvale Crematorium, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Reginald James Dean and Amy Alice Dean, of Evandale, Tasmania
Roll of Honour: Evandale TAS
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Brother of Sergeant Raymond Harry Dean (408038)

A service recreation dinghy was sailed from Point Cook at about 1430 hours on Saturday 11 January 1941. The dinghy was discovered at 0730 hours the next morning in a damaged condition at Seaholme. A Court of Inquiry recommended that the three RAAF members known to have sailed on the dinghy be posted as missing, presumed drowned. The bodies of two of the members were subsequently discovered. The three members were:

Leading Aircraftman Geoffrey Reginald Dean (408057)
Leading Aircraftman Harold Leslie Parry (406059)
Leading Aircraftman Leslie Newman Samuel Wright (406158)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-line Records A705, 163/101/57, 9301, 408057

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