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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:402256
Rank:Flying Officer
Date of Birth:19 November 1914
Place of Birth:Granville, NSW, Australia
Date of Death:11 August 1942 (Aged 27 years)
Units:No. 75 Squadron, RAAF †
No. 452 Squadron, RAAF
No. 457 Squadron, RAAF
No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 17 Squadron, RAF
No. 134 Squadron, RAF
No. 55 Operational Training Unit, RAF
No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RCAF


22 July 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 2 Initial Training School, RAAF, Bradfield Park.
19 August 1940Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
22 August 1940Posted to No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Narromine.
18 October 1940Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Bradfield Park.
31 October 1940Embarked at Sydney.
20 November 1940Disembarked at Canada.
24 November 1940Posted to No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RCAF, Camp Borden.
11 February 1941Awarded Flying Badge.
Posted to RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Canada.
12 February 1941Promoted to Pilot Officer.
10 March 1941Embarked at Canada.
11 March 1941Posted to No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre, RAF.
7 April 1941Posted to No. 55 Operational Training Unit, RAF.
26 May 1941Posted to No. 17 Squadron, RAF.
28 July 1941Posted to No. 134 Squadron, RAF.
12 August 1941Promoted to Flying Officer.
10 January 1942Posted to No. 457 Squadron, RAAF.
14 February 1942Posted to No. 452 Squadron, RAAF.
6 March 1942Posted to No. 4 Personnel Despatch Centre, RAF.
7 April 1942Embarked United Kingdom.
21 June 1942Posted to No. 75 Squadron, RAAF.
11 August 1942 †Kittyhawk A29-123: Aircraft failed to return from intercepting Japanese aircraft over Milne Bay.

Burial Details

Grave:A3. D. 17.

Physical Description

Height: 6 feet 0 inches 182.88 cm
Weight: 150 lbs 68.04 kg
Chest Measurement: 33½ / 37 inches 85.09 / 93.98 cm
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, SHELDON MARK ERNEST : Service Number - 402256 : Date of birth - 19 Nov 1914 : Place of birth - GRANVILLE NSW : Place of enlistment - SYDNEY : Next of Kin - SHELDON OLIVE, A9300, SHELDON M E.

Record updated on 7 May 2018.


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