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19-February-2016
19-February-2016
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A stained glass window commemorates Pilot Officer William J. H. Gove, who was killed in action in April 1943 during World War Two.  He was the navigator in Hudson A16-197.

Pilot Officer Gove's squadron was flying from Darwin to armed reconnaissance of Timoeka, Dutch New Guinea when it is thought that two planes may have accidently clipped each other as they took up flight formation, only four minutes into the flight. All lives were lost on both planes. Men from Gove's Hudson were buried together on Rabuma Island on 26 April 1943 and later reburied at Adelaide River War Cemetery.

On the 2nd March 1947, twelve stained glass windows were unveiled in Geelong Grammar's Chapel of All Saints. The windows commemorate twelve old boys who lost their lives during World War Two. The Reverend J. D. McKie, Bishop of Geelong declared that the windows would serve as a reminder of gallant young men who had laid down their lives. 


 

Location

Address:Art School Road & Tower Road, Geelong Grammar School Chapel, Corio, 3214
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.069637
Long: 144.399168
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:20-April-1943
Actual Event End Date:20-April-1943
Link: http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vh…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd March, 1947
Front Inscription

S.W. PACIFIC
Killed on Active Service 

Air Operations 
Millingimbi 20th Ap.1943
Pilot Officer William
J.H. Gove No.2. Squadron
R.A.A.F.

Strength

Whosoever
Will Save His
Life Shall Lose It,
And Whosoever
Will Lose His
Life For My Sake
Shall Find It.

Source: MA
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