Sergeant Mervyn Lee Berthelsen

Sergeant Mervyn Lee Berthelsen

Male 1924 - 1944  (20 years)

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  • Name Mervyn Lee Berthelsen 
    Title Sergeant 
    Born 7 Mar 1924  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 22 Jun 1942-28 Mar 1944  Royal Australian Air Force Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sergeant
    MERVIN LEE BERTHELSEN
    426451
    Service Royal Australian Air Force
    Date of Birth 7 March 1924
    Place of birth MARYBOROUGH, QLD
    Date of Enlistment 22 June 1942
    Place of Enlistment BRISBANE, QLD
    Next of Kin BERTHELSEN, CHRISTIAN
    Date of Death 28 March 1944
    Posting on Death 25 Squadron
    (Australian Government, Department of Veterans'Affairs) 
    Died 28 Mar 1944  Pearce, Australia Western ,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Coded SJ-M. Accident 1105hrs 28/03/44 following the completion of gunnery practice, the pilot commenced a series of dives and stall turns, when aircraft performed a slow turn, stalled and dived at 700 feet, failing to pull out of the dive fully and crashed onto a small hill near Pearce.
      RAAF . Crew; Pilot, Sgt Mervin Lee Berthelsen Serv#426451 and Navigator (W) F/Sgt George Owen Crichton Serv#415893 were both killed. Both were buried at Karrakatta War Cemetery in Graves #15 and 16 respectively. Approved conversion 29/04/44. SOC 02/05/44.TTHrs 306.10
      (RAAF Vultee Vengeance questions)

      Sergeant Mervyn Lee Berthelsen
      Service number: 426451
      Unit: 25 Squadron
      Date of death: 28 March 1944
      Commemorated on: Panel 102
      Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
      (Australian War Memorial)

      Service number: 426451
      Rank: Sergeant
      Unit: 25 Squadron
      Service: Royal Australian Air Force
      Conflict: 1939-1945
      Date of death: 28 March 1944
      Place of death: Pearce, Western Australia
      Cause of death: Accidental
      Cemetery or memorial details: Perth War Cemetery and Annex, Western Australia
      Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force
      Australian War Memorial, Canberra)

    In Memorium 28 Mar 2010  Royal Australian Air Force Find all individuals with events at this location 
    BERTHELSEN, MERVIN LEE
    Sergeant
    426451
    25sq
    28/03/1944
    20
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Australian
    N.C.15.
    PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX
    Australia Western Australia
    (In Memoriam - Those Air Force Pilots/Crews who died on this day in WW2. 28 March 2010 ) 
    Buried Karrakatta War Cemetery and Annex, Perth, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BERTHELSEN, Mervin Lee
      426451 - Sergeant
      Royal Australian Air Force
      Died: 28-Mar-1944 Age: 20
      Thy will be done
      (Perth War Cemetery, Perth Western Australia)

      BERTHELSEN, MERVIN LEE
      Rank: Sergeant
      Service No: 426451
      Date of Death: 28/03/1944
      Age: 20
      Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
      Grave Reference N.C.15.
      Cemetery
      PERTH WAR CEMETERY AND ANNEX
      Additional Information:
      Son of Christian Albert and Alice Beatrice Berthelsen of Scarness, Queensland.
      (Perth War Cemetery, Perth Western Australia)
    Notes 
    • 5 Squadron RAAF
      25 Squadron RAAF

      25 Squadron was first formed as 23 Squadron at Laverton in Victoria on 3 May 1937. It moved to Pearce in Western Australia on 1 January 1939 and was subsequently renamed. The outbreak of the Second World War involved the unit in convoy protection and anti-submarine patrols around Fremantle and Rottnest Island.

      When Japan entered the war, the unit rearmed with Vultee Vengeance dive-bombers and Brewster Buffalo fighters, in anticipation of a Japanese invasion of the mainland. 25 Squadron converted to Liberator heavy bombers towards the end of 1944 and in March 1945 bombed Japanese barges on Sumbawa Island in the Netherlands East Indies. The unit conducted a successful search for a torpedoed merchant ship and continued to attack enemy barges and airstrips across Java. In June the squadron moved to Tarakan for the remainder of the war.

      After the end of the war, 25 Squadron moved to Cunderin in Western Australia and began transporting Australian ex-prisoners of war and internees from Borneo and Morotai. The unit was disbanded on 9 July 1946.
    Person ID I10546  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2017 

    Father Christian Albert Berthelsen,   b. 28 Jul 1890, Queensland, Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1953, Freshwater Street, Scarness, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Alice Beatrice Wilschefski,   b. 10 Dec 1894, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1953, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1922  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Christian Albert Berthelsen:
      Spouse Name: Alice Beatrice Wilschefski
      Marriage Date: 19 Aug 1922
      Registration Number: 002371
      (Queensland Marriage Register 1829 - 1934)
    Family ID F2494  Group Sheet

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    Sergeant Mervin Lee Berthelsen
    Sergeant Mervin Lee Berthelsen
    Sergeant Mervin Lee Berthelsen
    Birth: unknown
    Death: Mar. 28, 1944

    Inscription:
    Royal Australian Air Force

    Note: 426451

    Burial:
    Perth War Cemetery and Annex
    Nedlands
    Nedlands City
    Western Australia, Australia
    Plot: N.C.15.

    Maintained by: IWPP Custodial Account
    Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
    Record added: Jan 28, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 47233742


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