Service Details
Name:
LANCE
Given Name:
EVERITT MURRAY
Initials:
E M
Service No:
O316996
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
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Regiment:
Royal Australian Air Force
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Unit:
9 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1971-06-07
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Date of Birth:
1928-04-29
Age:
43
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, helicopter crashed and burned. They were providing gunship, ammunition resupply and casualty evacuation support for Bravo Company of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and Centurion tanks of the 1st Armoured Regiment, who were involved in an attack on an enemy bunker system in Long Khanh province as part of Operation Overlord. During an ammunition resupply, Lance's helicopter was hit by enemy fire and crashed into trees killing him, the gunner and injuring two others.
Decorations:
D F C (USA), Air Medal (USA) with Oak Leaf Cluster
Citations:
Awarded while serving with the South African Air Force in the Korean War
Additional
Information:
Husband of Margaret Lance. Father of Murray, Graham and Meredath. Trained as a pilot in the South African Air Force and subsequently served with No 2 Squadron SAAF (flying Cheetahs) in the Korean conflict. Received the USA's Distinguished Flying Cross. Unconfirmed reports have it that he was also awarded a further USA decoration, The Air Medal. After leaving the SAAF he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was serving with the Royal Australian Air Force flying helicopters, when he was shot down and killed during operations in Vietnam. "Lofty" features prominently in the book "South African Flying Cheetahs in Korea" by Dermott Moore and Peter Bagshaw, published by Ashanti Publishing.
Commemoration
Country:
Australia
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Locality:
Australia Capital Territory
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Cemetery:
CANBERRA (WODEN) PUBLIC CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
ANZ/R/8 CHS L/C 11/2/72 Lawn RSL

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