This badge was issued to Mrs M Deacon (mother) of 67 Cramer St, Preston to commemorate her son Flying Officer Stanley Alfred DEACON (255057) who was lost in a Consolidated Catalina A-24-22 of No. 20 Squadron RAAF, on the night of 08/09March 1943.
The aircraft flown by the Commanding Officer of No. 20 Squadron W.Cdr Francis Bloomfield Chapman (271349) with Flying Officer S.A.Deacon as R.D.F. Operator (ie. radio officer) and 7 other crew members departed Cairns, and later reported being on fire, probably force landing 30 miles south east of Gasmata. A 3-4 day air search failed to find any sign of the aircraft or survivors.
Stanley Alfred Deacon is commemorated at the Australian War Memorial and the Rabaul Memorial.
Circular metal (silver-coloured) badge with raised image of woman with floral bouquet.
Raised lettering (see below)
Suspended from badge, a rectangular metal strip (suspended by two rings) with small star held by split pin.
Hinged metal pin clasp
Engraving (see below)
Inscriptions & markings
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