Gill, David Louis (Warrant Officer, b.1923 - d.2009)

Accession Number PR05029
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book
Maker Gill, David Louis
Place made Australia, New Guinea
Date made 1942-1945
Access Open

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 421970 Warrant Officer David Louis Gill, 14 Squadron and 7 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia and New Guinea, 1942-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one log book of Warrant Officer David Louis Gill, containing entries dated between November 1942 and August 1945. It covers the period of Warrant Officer Gill’s wireless operator and air gunner training in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, service with 14 Squadron in Western Australia, and service with 7 Squadron in New Guinea. This log book records details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, pilots, and purposes of flights. Some of the recorded purposes of flights include bombing and gunnery training, navigation training, operational training, wireless air gunner training, patrols, practice exercises, formation flying, anti-shipping sweeps, search and rescue, strategic strikes on enemy positions, armed reconnaissance, and transportation.

History / Summary

Warrant Officer David Louis Gill enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 24 April 1942, and underwent training in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. He then served as a wireless operator with 14 Squadron, based at Pearce, Western Australia. With this squadron, Warrant Officer Gill participated in anti-shipping patrols. In late 1944, Warrant Officer Gill was transferred to 7 Squadron, based at Tadji, New Guinea. He served as a wireless operator and air gunner in numerous strike missions against Japanese positions. Warrant Officer Gill was discharged on 19 September 1945.