Flight Sergeant Gordon Edward MARLAND
454 RAAF Squadron
Service Number: 415544
Place of Birth: Freemantle, WA
Date of Enlistment: 9 Nov 1941
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Killed in Action: 29 Nov 1943
Buried: Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Posting at Death: 454 Squadron
Crew - FA602:
Pilot: Ken Adamson - Flying Officer
Nav: Art Milligan - Flying Officer
WOP/AG: Gordon Marland - Flight Sergeant
WOP/AG: Fred Pritchard - Flight Sergeant
The following information has been used with permission from Mark Lax the author of the book "Alamein to the Alps".
"The final loss for the month was Flying Officer Ken Adamson and crew of FA 602 on their operational sortie. Briefed to carry out a photo recce of shipping routes along the Eastern coast of Greece and the islands of the western Aegean, the crew made a sighting report after which nothing further was heard. While Squadron members could only speculate on cause and wait for notification from the Red Cross, the aircraft was in fact shot down by a Me-109F west of the island of Cos.
November was to be put down as a 'hard month', with the loss of four valuable crews, all killed in action. The allies too had suffered a reverse of fortune with the German recapture of Cos, Leros and Samos and with their loss went Chrchill's grand plan to force a push into Greece and the Balkans. The month was spent almost entirely on Aegean reconnaissance, while December would see the year out with further recces and anti-submarine work and unfortunately, four more losses. The first two went within a week and would greatly shock the squadron."