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Geoffrey Norman MARCHANT

Geoffrey Norman MARCHANT

Male 1920 - 1952  (32 years)

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  • Name Geoffrey Norman MARCHANT 
    Born 29 May 1920 New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Newspaper 29 May 1920 Lorne, Alma Road, Maroubra, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [1]  – Birth
    • MARCHANT.-May 29. at tho residence. Lorne. Alma-road, Maroubra, to Mr. and Mn>. E. N. Marchant .un (Geoffrey Norman).
    Military Service 28 Mar 1942 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Service Record
      Name MARCHANT, GEOFFREY NORMAN
      Service Royal Australian Air Force
      Service Number 421814
      Date of Birth 29 May 1920
      Place of Birth S RANDWICK, NSW
      Date of Enlistment 28 Mar 1942
      Locality on Enlistment Unknown
      Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
      Next of Kin MARCHANT, DOREEN
      Date of Discharge 30 Oct 1945
      Rank Flight Lieutenant
      Posting at Discharge 31 BASE
      WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
      Prisoner of War Yes

      Injured bailing out with
      In addition to the file subject, the following servicemen are mentioned in this record:

      WELLS F –  (Sergeant); Service Number –  1582186 RAF
      HARDCASTLE W G –  (Flying Officer); Service Number –  151165 RAF
      KINNIS A G –  (Flying Officer); Service Number –  J26316 CAN
      BELL H G –  (Warrant Officer); Service Number –  413946 AUS
      GLADSTONE W B –  (Sergeant); Service Number –  1835119 RAF
      PATERSON F –  (Flying Officer); Service Number –  J28547 CAN
    Military Service 8 Jul 1944 Metheringham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3]  – 421814 Flt Lt Marchant, G.N., Captain (Pilot).
    • RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
      SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
      NO KNOWN GRAVE.
      413946 Warrant Officer BELL, Hilton Craig
      Source:
      NAA : A705, 166/5/603.
      Aircraft Type: Lancaster
      Serial number: ME 668
      Radio call sign: ZN –  L
      Unit: 106 Sqn RAF
      Summary:
      Lancaster ME 668 of 106 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Station Metheringham, Lincolnshire on the night of 7/8th July 1944 to part of a Squadron attack on the flying bomb dump at St Leu, D'Esserent, France. Fierce opposition was encountered by the
      formation and ME 668 did not return to base after the raid.
      Crew:
      RAAF 421814 Flt Lt Marchant, G.N., Captain (Pilot).
      RAF Sgt F.Wells, Flight Engineer.
      RAF FO Hardcastle W.G., Navigator.
      RCAF FO Kinnis, A.G. Air Bomber.
      RAAF 413946 WO H.C.Bell, Wireless Operator (Air).
      RAF Sgt W.B.Gladstone, Mid Upper Gunner.
      RCAF FO Paterson, F., Rear Gunner.
      Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was established that the aircraft
      crashed and exploded at Les Gatines, D'Oulines, France, some 33 kms north of Dreux.
      The remains of FO Hardcastle, Sgt Gladstone (RAF members) and FO Paterson (RCAF) are buried at Oulines Cemetery, France, whilst Flt LT Marchant, FO Kinnis and Sgt Wells became POW's, with WO Bell reported missing.
      Flt Lt Marchant in his statement reported that "they crossed the French coast at 12,000 feet in the vicinity of Dreux when the aircraft's starboard inner engine was hit by flak and
      caught fire. He ordered the engineer to feather the airscrew and operate the extinguisher button, which was done. As the fire did not subside he ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. Immediately afterwards it was hit from each quarter by two enemy fighters, and Flt Lt Marchant stated that WO Bell, the rear gunner and mid upper gunner lost their lives in the air. The engineer and bombaimer baled out at 12,000 feet. The aircraft was governable but had no lateral control and there was fire in all four engines, the bomb bay and most of the fuselage. The top of the cockpit was blown away and the aircraft went into a shallow spin. Flt Lt Marchant baled out through the cockpit top at 500 feet and states that the aircraft crashed near the town of Dreux." Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded that the remains of WO Bell could not be located.
      <"http://www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z017_1.pdf">http://www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z017_1.pdf
    Electoral Roll 1949 Lot 131, Waratah Road, Turramurra, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Marchant Norman 1949 Electoral
    Occupation 1949 – Carpenter
    Shipping 30 Jul 1951 London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Name:Geoffrey Norman Marchant
      Birth Date:abt 1920
      Age:31
      Port of Departure:Sydney, Australia
      Arrival Date:30 Jul 1951
      Port of Arrival:London, England
      Ports of Voyage:Sydney
      [Melbourne]
      [Adelaide]
      [Colombo]
      [Bombay]
      [Suez]
      Ship Name:Strathnaver
      Search Ship Database:View the 'Strathnaver' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Shipping Line:P & O Steam Navigation Company Ltd
      Official Number:162619
    Marchant Geoffrey 1951 Shipping
    Died 7 Aug 1952
    Person ID I190 Turner
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2014 

    Father Edward Norman MARCHANT,   b. 29 Oct 1894, Robertson, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971, Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Ella Mary LAWS,   b. 1892, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1976, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1916 Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F60 Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F899 Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 May 1920 - New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - Birth - 29 May 1920 - Lorne, Alma Road, Maroubra, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 28 Mar 1942 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 421814 Flt Lt Marchant, G.N., Captain (Pilot). - 8 Jul 1944 - Metheringham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElectoral Roll - 1949 - Lot 131, Waratah Road, Turramurra, New South Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsShipping - 30 Jul 1951 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] National Library of Australia, (<"http://www.nla.gov.au">http://www.nla.gov.au), Family Notices. (1920, June 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved February 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28091446 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S102] Australian World War 2 Nominal Roll, (<"http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/name.asp">http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/name.asp), 421814 (Reliability: 4), 9 Mar 2004.

    3. [S172] Australian War Memorial, (Commonwealth of Australia <"https://www.awm.gov.au">https://www.awm.gov.au).

    4. [S133] Australian Electoral Rolls 1901-1954, (ancestry.com.au).

    5. [S348] UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, (Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces.).

    6. [S338] Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950, (1916)/31 (Reliability: 3).
      Name:Edward Norman Marchant
      Spouse Name:Mary Ella Laws
      Marriage Place:Victoria
      Registration Place:Victoria
      Registration Year:1916
      Registration number:31


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