LEST WE FORGET

Aircraftman Class 1 George Robert PETERSON

Service No: 39219
Born: Adelaide SA, 1 June 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 April 1941
Unit: No. 11 Squadron, Port Moresby PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 11 Squadron Catalina aircraft A24-15), near Port Moresby, 8 December 1941, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George John and Winifred Peterson, of Nailsworth, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Henley Beach SA
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 2215 hours on 8 December 1942, Catalina A24-15 struck a hill on the western side of Port Moresby harbour just after takeoff and all eight crew members were killed. Those crew members were:

Corporal Neville Lawrence Ernst (12305) (Fitter II Engines)
Aircraftman Class 1 Arthur Wallace Magee (33987) (Wireless Equipment Mechanic)
Leading Aircraftman Charles James Matheson (10436) (Fitter II Engines)
Corporal Eric John O’Donnell (12257) (Fitter II Airframe)
Aircraftman Class 1 George Robert Peterson (39219) (Fitter Armourer)
Flight Lieutenant Nelson Prior Reid (557) (Pilot)
Aircraftman Class 1 Keith Mighell Sidey (34551) (Wireless Equipment Mechanic)
Flying Officer Lincoln James Sloan (2622) (Co-Pilot)

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 Record A9845, 145

Bibliography:

McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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