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RAAF De Havilland Mosquito A52-609 at Coomalie, NT (State Library of SA [PRG 1435/4/1], 1945)
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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:407575
Rank:Flight Lieutenant
Date of Birth:5 March 1920
Place of Birth:Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Date of Death:21 August 1943 (Aged 23 years)
Units:No. 31 Squadron, RAAF †
No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 5 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
Central Flying School, RAAF
No. 55 Operational Base Unit, RAAF

AWM: P07894.001


11 November 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 4 Initial Training School, RAAF.
4 January 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
6 January 1941Posted to No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Parafield.
9 March 1941Posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
1 July 1941Promoted to Pilot Officer.
9 July 1941Posted to No. 2 Communication Flight, RAAF.
21 July 1941Posted to the Central Flying School, RAAF.
27 October 1941Posted to No. 5 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
1 January 1942Promoted to Flying Officer.
1 April 1943Promoted to Flight Lieutenant.
3 April 1943Posted to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
16 June 1943Posted to No. 55 Operational Base Unit, RAAF, Reserve Pool.
19 June 1943Posted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
21 August 1943 †Beaufighter A19-47: Aircraft collided with A19-63 and crashed into the sea during an operation over Taberfane.

Burial Details

Panel:Column 7.

Physical Description

Height: 5 feet 9½ inches 176.53 cm
Weight: 152 lbs 68.95 kg
Chest Measurement: 32½ inches 82.55 cm
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Brown Hazel
Hair: Dark Brown


F/Lt F.J. Gardiner (right) and F/O L.J. Lyne of No. 31 Squadron, RAAF, after returning from a search for a missing Spitfire pilot

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, GARDINER FRANCIS JOSEPH : Service Number - 407575 : Date of birth - 05 Mar 1920 : Place of birth - BROKEN HILL NSW : Place of enlistment - ADELAIDE SA : Next of Kin - GARDINER EVE, A9300, GARDINER F J.

Record updated on 19 November 2017.


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