Stories of Remembrance

Air Force, Second World War (1939-45)Warrant Officer George Ferguson CGM,Royal Australian Air Force

He would not distract his captain. Making light of his condition, Flight Sergeant Ferguson assured him that he did not require assistance. Another member of the crew went to investigate but this brave gunner kept his oxygen mask [on] to prevent his comrade from seeing the extent of his injuries… Ferguson set a magnificent example of courage, self-sacrifice and devotion to duty...
Citation, 1 May 1945

George Ferguson (1925 - 2013) joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in July 1943 and thereafter posted to No. 466 Squadron, RAAF as a rear-gunner on Halifax bombers.

On 23 February 1945, during his sixteenth mission, Ferguson’s plane was hit and a large piece of shrapnel lodged in his jaw. Bleeding profusely and missing several teeth, George remained at his post and insisted the bombing run continue.

Only twelve Australian servicemen have ever been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM). Ten went to airmen during the Second World War (1939 - 45). Six to men serving with Royal Air Force Bomber Command.

This Story of Remembrance was compiled through the research of the Exhibitions and Collections team at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Name George Baillie Ferguson
  • Service Number 431444
  • Date of Birth 10 May 1925
  • Place of Birth Warrnambool
  • Date of Enlistment 1943
  • Date of Death 2013

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