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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:405250
Rank:Flying Officer
Date of Birth:19 June 1916
Place of Birth:Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date of Death:22 December 1942 (Aged 26 years)
Units:No. 4 Squadron, RAAF †
No. 6 Squadron, RAAF
No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 2 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
School of Army Co-Operation, RAAF


3 February 1941Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 3 Initial Training School, RAAF.
29 March 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
30 April 1941Posted to No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF.
30 June 1941Posted to No. 2 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
18 September 1941Awarded Flying Badge.
17 November 1941Promoted to Pilot Officer.
24 November 1941Posted to No. 3 Embarkation Depot, RAAF.
8 December 1941Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF.
20 December 1941Posted to No. 6 Squadron, RAAF.
24 December 1941Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF.
19 January 1942Posted to the Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
25 February 1942Posted to the School of Army Co-Operation, RAAF.
21 March 1942Posted to No. 4 Squadron, RAAF.
17 May 1942Promoted to Flying Officer.
22 December 1942 †Wirraway A20-160: Aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during a tactical reconnaissance mission to Buna.
23 December 1942Buried at scene of crash (Map Reference 2785-2375 Buna Target No. 24).
4 August 1943Reburied at Cape Endaiadere War Cemetery (Plot D, Row B, Grave 3).
1 June 1944Reburied at Soputa War Cemetery (Grave U.A.4).
24 November 1946Reburied at Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby (Grave B8.C.22).

Burial Details

Grave:B8. C. 22.

Physical Description

Weight: 134 lbs 60.78 kg
Chest Measurement: 33 / 35½ inches 83.82 / 90.17 cm
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Lt. Brown


Temporary graves of F/O G. Hockings and Maj W.F. O'Hara

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, Bomana War Cemetery, B7A1 to B8F27, A8234, 22.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, HOCKINGS GEORGE : Service Number - 405250 : Date of birth - 19 Jun 1916 : Place of birth - BRISBANE QLD : Place of enlistment - BRISBANE : Next of Kin - HOCKINGS EDWARD, A9300, HOCKINGS G.

Record updated on 17 June 2018.


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