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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:23560
Rank:Leading Aircraftman
Date of Birth:21 September 1919
Place of Birth:Roma, Queensland, Australia
Date of Death:2 September 1943 (Aged 23 years)
Units:No. 20 Squadron, RAAF †
No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 3 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF

1939-45 StarPacific Star1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45


12 September 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 1st Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 3 Recruit Depot, RAAF, Amberley.
6 October 1940Posted to No. 3 School of Technical Training, RAAF, Ultimo.
1 December 1940Posted to No. 1 Engineering School, RAAF, Ascot Vale.
12 March 1941Posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Point Cook.
1 October 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
5 January 1942Posted to No. 1 Engineering School, RAAF, Ascot Vale.
11 April 1942Aircraftman 1st Class on Remustering as Fitter IIE.
17 April 1942Posted to No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, Amberley.
1 October 1942Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
26 April 1943Posted to No. 3 Operational Training Unit, RAAF, Rathmines.
25 June 1943Appointed member of aircraft crew.
16 July 1943Posted to No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool, RAAF.
30 July 1943Posted to No. 20 Squadron, RAAF.
2 September 1943 †Catalina A24-50: Aircraft missing during sea mining operation.

Burial Details

Panel:Panel 7.

Physical Description

Height: 5 feet 10 inches 177.80 cm
Weight: 141 lbs 63.96 kg
Chest Measurement: 36 inches 91.44 cm
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Fair

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, CROUCH ALEXANDER HEADLEY : Service Number - 23560 : Date of birth - 21 Sep 1919 : Place of birth - ROMA QLD : Place of enlistment - BRISBANE : Next of Kin - CROUCH GWEN, A9301, 23560.

Record updated on 15 May 2018.


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