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Warrant Officer John Gow SHIERLAW (416107) of the Royal Australian Air Force
Death of Death 1945-04-19 .
Burial/Commemoration Details : 6. B. 22. at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany
More Details: SON OF HOWARD A. SHIERLAW AND MARGARET B. SHIERLAW, OF MEDINDIE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
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