Leading Aircraftman Herbert Lewis GALE

Service No: 17341
Born: Northam WA, 15 January 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 July 1940
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, Hughes NT
Died: Ground Accident, near Hughes, 5 July 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Gale, of Northam, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 5 July 1942, Leading Aircraftman Gale, a Mess Steward, was accidentally shot when off duty. He was in a party of three spreading out in line 60 yards apart, proceeding to beat through the bush. A kangaroo was sighted and all members fired. Gale had advanced ahead of the others and was fatally shot while he was obscured from the view of the other members.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/115/117

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