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Biographical entry Douglas, Gilbert Eric (Eric) (1902 - 1970)

Born
6 December 1902
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Died
4 August 1970
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Antarctic explorer and Aeronaut

Summary

Eric Douglas was involved in the British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) 1929-1930. He also worked in and educated others on the field of aeronautics.

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Events

1920
Education - Mechanical Engineering studies completes
1920 - March 1921
Career position - Air Mechanic in the Australian (Army) Flying Corps
March 1921 - 1927
Career position - Aero Fitter in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1927 - June 1928
Career position - Sergeant Pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
June 1928 - July 1929
Career position - Flying Instructor in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1929 - 1930
Career position - Pilot of a Gipsy Moth seaplane in the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), under the leadership of Sir Douglas Mawson
1930 - 1931
Career position - Pilot of a Gipsy Moth seaplane in the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), under the leadership of Sir Douglas Mawson
1934 - 1938
Career position - Lecturer on aero engines to flying cadet courses in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1935 - 1936
Career position - Officer-in-charge of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) search for Lincoln Ellsworth and Herbert Hollick-Kenyon in the region of the Bay of Whales in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
1935 - 1940
Career position - Officer-in-charge of Point Cooke workshops and Test Pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1937
Career position - Transferred to the Technical Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1937
Career position - Officer-in-charge of the Aircraft Repair Squadron at No.1 Aircraft Depot in Laverton, Victoria and Test Pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1940 - 1942
Career position - Commanding Officer of the No.1 Aircraft Depot, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Laverton, Victoria
1942 - 1948
Career position - Commanding Officer of the No.3 Aircraft Depot, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Amberley, Queensland
1946 - 1948
Career position - Station Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Amberley, Queensland
1 July 1948
career position - Retired from the Royal Australian Air Force with the rank of Group Captain (rank granted 1943)

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Eric Douglas - Records, 1929 - 1930, MS 9017; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Eric Douglas - Records, 1935 - 1936, MS 9013; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Eric Douglas - Records, 1929, MS 9014; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.