Birth date: 21 September 1915
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, Boonah
Death date: 22 August 1944
Death place: France: Burgundy, Nievre
Final rank: Wing Commander
Service number: 404891 - Second World War, 1939-1945
  • No. 456 Squadron
  • No. 464 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Wing Commander
  • Date of Death: 22 August 1944
  • Unit: No. 464 Squadron

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 456 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Private Record (1)

Panitz, Gordon DFC, (Acting Wing Commander, b: 1915 d: 1944) PR91/016

Film (1)

Private Record

Panitz, Gordon DFC, (Acting Wing Commander, b: 1915 d: 1944)

Flying log book kept by Panitz, records certificates of qualifications, aircraft type, duties, pilot names, flying hours. Also inserts of correspondence including notification of missing in action and reports. Panitz' missions included "Overlord". He flew Mosquitos, Ansons, Oxfords, Beauforts and...




Portrait taken at RAAF Overseas Headquarters of 404891 Squadron Leader (Sq Ldr, later Wing Commander [Wing Cdr]) Gordon Panitz of Brisbane, Qld. Wing Cdr Panitz was lost on operations while piloting a Mosquito bomber attacking targets near Dijon in France on 22 August 1944.



The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (404891) Wing Commander Gordon Panitz, 464 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Second World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...



Date of birth 1915-09-21
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-12-06 No 9 Initial Training School.
Other units 1941 Training at Archerfield and Amberley, QLD.
Other 1941-08-01 Left Australia.
Other units 1942 No 54 Operation Training Unit.
Date promoted 1942-01-29 Flying officer.
Other units 1942-02-24 No 456 Squadron.
Date promoted 1942-10-20 Acting squadron leader.
Date promoted 1943-07-29 Flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1944-07-04 Acting wing commander.
Other units 1944-07-04 Commanding Officer No 464 Squadron.
Date of death 1944-08-22