Townend, G C

  • Name on memorial: Townend, G C
  • Memorial panel: Centre
  • Full name: Townend, Gordon Christopher
  • Rank: Flying Officer
  • Service details: 422765, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Age at death: 32
  • Date of death: 13/06/1944
  • Birth place: Middlesboro
  • Parents: Sherwood and Elizabeth Mary Townend, of Banbury
  • Mother's maiden name: Stockton
  • Parents' marriage details: Middlesboro Dec-06
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    G C Townend was killed during the raid on Gelsenkirchen, 12th-13th June 1944. His Lancaster, HK545 KO-E was airborne 2332 12th June 1944 from Witchford. Hit by Flak and crashed onto the headquarters of Gelsenberg-Benzin, apx. 3 km West of Gelsenkirchen. All were buried locally. They have been subsequently re-interred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Those with decorations gained them as immediate awards for outstanding airmanship and devotion to duty during operations to Karlsruhe in April. The joint citation was Gazetted 9Jun44. F/O Townends parents lived at Banbury in Oxfordshire.

    S/L W.G.Shadworth DFC KIA, Sgt A.J.Veale DFM KIA, Sgt R.Parkyn KIA, F/O G.C.Townend RAAF KIA, Sgt R.W.T.Weir DFM KIA, F/O I.W.Entwistle RNZAF KIA, F/S A.F.W.Farley KIA.

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