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Sidney Milton Forrester, 2nd Pilot   416558
Flying Officer, Royal Australian Air Force
Aged 22 of Highgate, South Australia, Australia

Son of Milton William Forrester, and of Elinor Jessie Forrester, of Highgate, South Australia.

Runnymede Panel Number: 187

Born 25th March 1921 at the Orroroo Hospital, South Australia Sid attended Orroroo Higher Primary School to Grade Nine. Sid grew up on the family sheep station property "Minburra".

He was an avid reader, like his mother. Through his school years he was always involved with the production of the school magazines. He was popular and a good student and received a gold medal, the award for Dux of the School.

In February 1935 he enrolled at Unley High School, where he became Head Prefect. He played cricket, football and tennis. Sid enjoyed swimming and classical music. The home at 108 Cross Rd., Highgate, was a popular meeting place after school for Sid’s and his brother Nigel's friends. Who would gather to play billiards and listen to music. Dave Shannon, who later became one of the Dam Buster pilots of World War 2, was one of these boys.

Sid graduated Unley High School Leaving with Honours in December 1939.

When Sid left Unley High School he enrolled to study medicine at The University of Adelaide, it was here that he met Robert Downing, who later married his sister Margaret. Leaving the University he joined the Air force in April 1941 and received his training at Victor Harbor, S.A., then Parafield E.F.T.s. (Elementary Flying Training School) S.A., and then Point Cook in Victoria, where he received his Wings. Sid became a Pilot Officer, was posted to the United Kingdom, travelling by sea via Cape Town, Sth Africa, where he spent a few weeks leave before continuing the journey, which took approximately 3 months. In the UK he trained as a Lancaster Bomber Pilot.

On the 3rd September 1943 his plane was attacked by an enemy night fighter and shot down near Stadil, a small country town in Denmark, which was under German occupation at the time.

 

 

 

Sid’s mother Nell was notified by the RAAF that Sid was missing and after 6 months, presumed dead. Towards the end of the war she was informed of the details through the Geneva Red Cross. Nell also received correspondence from Ingemann Halkjær who witnessed the fight in the air together with a description of it and details of the Stadil residents early actions.

The above information is taken from a facsimile from Margaret and Nigel Forrester sent on the 2nd September 1993 to the Danish organisers of the 50th Commemoration - Ms G Goldenbeck and Mr B Anthonisen. Because the family was unable to attend the 50th Commemoration all of the above background information about Sid and the circumstances of the crash were provided to the organisers in the fax. Sid's brother Ian was the first of the family to visit the site in 1950; Sid's sister Margaret and her husband Bob (one of Sid's friends) visited the site in the 1970's; Sid's cousin Jeff and his wife visited the site in 1990 and Sid's brother Nigel also visited the site in 1992 with his daughter. On all these visits the family met with Ingemann Halkjær and/or members of his family where they heard the details of the night of the 4th September first hand.

 

After the loss of EE138, the crew members' families from Australia and the UK made contact and offered comfort to each other. The following is a letter from Mrs Lee, crew member Jowett's mother to Nell Forrester

Sid left his mark in the wall of the old woolshed at Minburra, near Orroroo South Australia where he grew up

In 1922 Minburra was visited by Captain Miller - who gave flights to the shearers.

Above photo taken in october 1942, standing on the pier at Muizenberg, South Africa. Drakensberg mountains in the background.

The following information is a timeline of Sid's activities whilst in the RAAF - compiled from a variety of sources.

Several airgraphs and letters in which Sid mentions the crew and some of their activities have been transcribed - follow the links below:

Date Location Notes Source
Friday, 25 March 1921 Australia Orroroo Born  
Tuesday, 1 April 1941 Australia Adelaide Enrolled in the RAAF Reserve had medical examination SMF Service Records
Monday, 21 July 1941 Australia Adelaide Enlisted at No 5 Receiving Centre for the duration of the war and a period o 12 months thereafter (age 20) Rank: A.C. 2 Posted to 4 Initial Training School (4ITS) in Victor Harbor. SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 6 August 1941 Australia Vaccinated for T.A.B. SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 12 August 1941 Australia Re-Mustered to Aircrew V (P) SMF Service Records
Thursday, 4 September 1941 Australia Vaccinated for T.T. SMF Service Records
Friday, 12 September 1941 Australia Passed 17 Pilots Course SMF Service Records
Saturday, 13 September 1941 Australia Re-Mustered to Aircrew II (P) Rank: L.A.C. SMF Service Records
Sunday, 14 September 1941 Australia First day of 4 days inter-course leave SMF Service Records
Thursday, 18 September 1941 Australia Posted to No. 1 E.F.T.S. SMF Service Records
Thursday, 18 September 1941 Australia Commenced  1 E.F.S.S. Course SMF Service Records
Thursday, 18 September 1941 Australia Last day of 4 days inter-course leave SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 1 October 1941 Australia Parafield Conduct Report - Being Guilty of neglect likely to cause damage to HM Aircraft material. Placed parachute on wing of aircraft in a negligent manner. Awarded 3 days confined to Barracks. SMF Service Records
Thursday, 13 November 1941 Australia Passed 1 E.F.S.S. Course SMF Service Records
Friday, 14 November 1941 Australia Bradfield Park, Sydney NSW Posted to No. 2 E.D. Bradfield Park SMF Service Records
Friday, 26 December 1941 Australia Attached to HQ Richmond from 2 E.D. SMF Service Records
Friday, 30 January 1942 Australia First day of  4 days annual recreation leave SMF Service Records
Monday, 2 February 1942 Australia Last day of 4 days annual recreation leave SMF Service Records
Sunday, 22 February 1942 Australia, Temora NSW Detached HQ Richmond and Posted to No. 10 E.F.T.S. Temora, NSW. SMF Service Records
Friday, 6 March 1942 Australia Pt Cook Detatched from 10 E.F.T.S. and Posted to 1.S.F.T.S. Point Cook SMF Service Records
Monday, 16 March 1942 Australia Pt Cook A 13-1 L1-2 1-00 Sgt Webster Diary Entry
Wednesday, 25 March 1942 Australia Pt Cook A 13-68 L3 30 Sgt Daglish Diary Entry
Wednesday, 25 March 1942   Flying Times:  R6151 with Pilot Officer Mac and self 15:15 30 15 17A Diary Entry
Thursday, 26 March 1942   AS375 Self Solo 0940 1:00 15,16 Diary Entry
Friday, 27 March 1942   AS179 PO Mac Self 1350 .35 20 15 17A 19 Diary Entry
Friday, 27 March 1942   AS375 Self Solo 1545 .45 15 17 A Diary Entry
Monday, 30 March 1942 Australia Pt Cook A 13-42 L4&5 1.00 Sgt Mattress Diary Entry
Monday, 30 March 1942 Australia Meet Lorna 7:30 Diary Entry
Tuesday, 31 March 1942 Australia Pt Cook Ring Nan. BP for Ian. Diary Entry
Tuesday, 31 March 1942 Australia Ring Nan. Diary Entry
Saturday, 4 April 1942 Australia A5863 0855 PO Mac and self .45 19 13 14 Diary Entry
Monday, 6 April 1942 Australia Lorna MU3535 Diary Entry
Wednesday, 29 April 1942 Australia Received "Flying Badge" Decoration SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 29 April 1942 Australia Passed Intermediate Flying Course SMF Service Records
Monday, 4 May 1942 Australia Pt Cook Conduct Report - Absenting himself without leave for 5 hours SMF Service Records
Friday, 8 May 1942 Australia Pt Cook Punishment awarded for Conduct report - forfeit 3 days pay SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 24 June 1942 Australia Discharged from RAAF on being granted a commission SMF Service Records
Thursday, 25 June 1942 Australia Passed no 20 (P) Flying Couse. Graduated as Pilot Officer SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 8 July 1942 Australia Adelaide Detatched from 1S.F.T.S and Posted to 4 E.D. Duties: Flying SMF Service Records
Saturday, 11 July 1942 Australia On Leave SMF Service Records
Friday, 17 July 1942 Australia On Leave SMF Service Records
Monday, 20 July 1942 Australia P.O.R. SMF Service Records
Monday, 10 August 1942 Australia Melbourne Posted to 1 E.D.Ascot Vale SMF Service Records
Saturday, 22 August 1942 Australia Embarked UK. 1 E.D. SMF Service Records
Sunday, 23 August 1942 Australia Attached to RAF UK Duties: Flying SMF Service Records
Monday, 24 August 1942 At Sea Embarked at Sydney SS Westernland SMF Service Records
Sunday, 4 October 1942 South Africa (Cape Town ?) R.A.F. Imperial Forces Transit Camp SMF Service Records
Monday, 19 October 1942 South Africa (Cape Town ?) Ceased Transit Camp SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 18 November 1942 UK Disembarked UK posted to RAAF PRC SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 24 November 1942 UK Attached to R.A.F. 1 E.D. SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 25 November 1942 UK Commenced 11 days leave (Pilot Reception Centre PRC POR 6) SMF Service Records
Saturday, 5 December 1942 UK Last day of 11 days leave (PRC) SMF Service Records
Friday, 25 December 1942 UK Graduated as Flying Officer SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 13 January 1943 UK Attendance at Court Martial (no details) SMF Service Records
Sunday, 17 January 1943 UK Mrs W J Richard 28 Hillybank Gdns Glasgow W2 Diary Entry
Friday, 5 February 1943 UK Berkshire Attached to ATA White Waltham SMF Service Records
Sunday, 28 February 1943 UK Berkshire Ceased White Waltham SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 2 March 1943 UK Leconfield Posted to 11 PRC 15 P AFU SMF Service Records
Thursday, 4 March 1943 UK Leconfield Commenced Adv Flying Training No 29 course with 15 P AFU SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 30 March 1943 UK Attached to 50 Group (pool) SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 30 March 1943 UK Berkshire Attached to R.A.F. Watchfield SMF Service Records

Tuesday, 6 April 1943

Wednesday, 21st April

UK

UK

Ceased 50 Group

Wrote Mother 10

Wrote 1 Margaret

SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 27 April 1943 UK Lichfield,Staffordshire Posted to 27 -OTU SMF Service Records
Tuesday, 27 April 1943 UK Completed Adv Flying Training No 29 course SMF Service Records
Wednesday, 28 April 1943 UK Wrote Nan 4, wrote Mother 11 Diary Entry
Thursday, 29 April 1943 UK Wrote Kay Maggs Diary Entry
Friday, 30 April 1943 UK Wrote Betty McCallum Diary Entry
Monday, 3 May 1943 UK

Wrote Dot McDonald

Wrote Phil Hart

Diary Entry
Thursday, 6 May 1943 UK Wrote Nan 15 Diary Entry
Friday, 7 May 1943 UK Received 1 Alan Roach, 1 Iris Powell Diary Entry
Saturday, 8 May 1943 UK Received 1 Dot McDonald 1 Betty McCallum Diary Entry
Sunday, 9 May 1943 UK Received 1 Kay Maggs Diary Entry
Saturday, 15 May 1943 UK Arrived at Church Broughton. Letters today Nan 15 Mother 11 Diary Entry
Sunday, 16 May 1943 UK Wrote Nan Diary Entry
Friday, 21 May 1943 UK

Received 2 Nan, 1 Phil

1 Biddy

Diary Entry
Sunday, 23 May 1943 UK Received 1 Margaret and Shiela Richards Diary Entry
Monday, 24 May 1943 UK Wrote Mother 12 Diary Entry
Tuesday, 25 May 1943 UK Wrote Biddy, received 1 mother, received 1 Card Coral Sanger, 2 birthday Parcels mother Diary Entry
Wednesday, 26 May 1943 UK Received 3 Nan, 2 Mother, 1 Margaret, 1 Bob Downing, 1 Betts Wheeler Diary Entry
Thursday, 27 May 1943 UK Received 1 Mother, wrote 1 Phil, 1 Iris Powell Diary Entry
Monday, 31 May 1943 UK Wrote 1 Nan Diary Entry
Thursday, 3 June 1943 UK Received Statement Bank Diary Entry
Friday, 4 June 1943 UK Received 1 Iris Powell, send cables 1 Nan, 1 Mother, wrote 1 Alan Roach, wrote 1 Kay Maggs, wrote 1 Daph Willett Diary Entry
Saturday, 5 June 1943 UK Wrote 1 Betty McCallum Diary Entry
Sunday, 6 June 1943 UK Wrote 1 Margaret F Diary Entry
Monday, 7 June 1943 UK Wrote Bob 1 Diary Entry
Wednesday, 16 June 1943 UK Received 1 Mother, 1 Kay, wrote 1 Pat Ellis + 1 book Diary Entry
Tuesday, 22 June 1943 UK Wrote 1 Airgraph Nan, wrote 1 Airgraph Mother, received 1 letter Pat Ellis Diary Entry
Friday, 25 June 1943 UK Received 2 Mother, 1 Nan Diary Entry
Sunday, 27 June 1943 UK 6:30 Diary Entry
Monday, 28 June 1943 UK 1435 3.25 38.30     36.35 Diary Entry
Thursday, 1 July 1943 UK

Received 1 Brian Wicks,

Wrote 1 Nan

Diary Entry
Friday, 2 July 1943 UK Received 1 Nan, 1 Betty McCallum Diary Entry
Saturday, 3 July 1943 UK Commenced 7 days leave (27OTU) SMF Service Records
Friday, 9 July 1943 UK Last day of 7 days leave (27OTU) SMF Service Records
Saturday, 10 July 1943 UK Blyton, Lincolshire Posted to 1662 Conversion Unit Duties: Aircrew/Pilot SMF Service Records
Sunday, 11 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 Mother Diary Entry
Monday, 12 July 1943 UK Received 1 Telegram Mother, 1 letter Daphne Willett, 1 Bank Statement Diary Entry
Tuesday, 13 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 Nan Diary Entry
Monday, 19 July 1943 UK Received 5 Mother, 4 Nan, 1 SA Ag General Diary Entry
Wednesday, 21 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 SA Ag General Diary Entry
Friday, 23 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 Gwenn Diary Entry
Saturday, 24 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 Betty McCallum 1 Dorothy Fairhead Diary Entry
Sunday, 25 July 1943 UK Wrote 1 Nan Diary Entry
Monday, 2 August 1943 UK Wrote 1 Airgraph Nan, Mother, Nigger, Jeff Forrester Diary Entry
Monday, 9 August 1943 UK Wrote 1 Airgraph Nan, 1 Airgraph Mother, F/Lt Tuckwell Self Crew 1. 1420 .40 and 2. Test and Dual 1500  .40 Diary Entry
Thursday, 12 August 1943 UK Received 1 letter Gwenn, 1 Airgraph Ian Diary Entry
Friday, 13 August 1943 UK Received 1 Airgraph Nan, 1 Airgraph Mother Diary Entry
Saturday, 14 August 1943 UK F/Lt Cole Self Crew 1. 1500 1.00  Self Crew 2. 1600 2.00 Diary Entry
Monday, 16 August 1943 UK Wrote 1 letter Nan Diary Entry
Tuesday, 17 August 1943 UK S W4264 Self Crew X Country and bombing 11:55 5.55 Diary Entry
Wednesday, 18 August 1943 UK J P/O Ralph Self Crew 21:50 - 22:55 0145-0205 120 Ex1       J Self Crew 0205-0425  2.20 Diary Entry
Thursday, 19 August 1943 UK Received  Airgraph Nan Diary Entry
Friday, 20 August 1943 UK Wrote 1 letter Mother, 1 letter Dot Fairhead Diary Entry
Saturday, 21 August 1943 UK Received 1 Airgraph Mother.  SW4264 Self Crew Gunnery 1715 1.25 Diary Entry
Sunday, 22 August 1943 UK Wrote 1 letter Nan, wrote 1 Letter Agent General.  T W4882 F/S Dangic Self Officers MK IX 22:50 .45    Self F/S Dongics and crew 23:35 MK IX .45 Diary Entry
Monday, 23 August 1943 UK N ED727 Self Crew Bombing X/C 21:15 04:00 6.45 Diary Entry
Tuesday, 24 August 1943 UK T W4882 F/O Major Self Sy 1.05 1510    Self  Sy F/O Major 1.05 16:15    Q W4241 Self Crew X Country 2145 5.00 Diary Entry
Monday, 30 August 1943 UK Binbrook, Lincolnshire Posted to 460 Squadron Duties: Flying SMF Service Records
Friday, 3 September 1943 Denmark, Stadil Missing Presumed Dead SMF Service Records
Saturday, 4 September 1943 Denmark, Stadil Casualy Report no: 117 Presumed dead by Air Ministry SMF Service Records

Scroll sent to the Forrester family by command of the King:

 

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