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Adam, John Phillip

John was born the 30th April 1913 in Turramurra, NSW ...
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Adams, Dudley

Pilot Officer 457 Squadron Number 418043 Born July 21st, 1922 ...
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Aiken, John

Sir John died on May 31st, 2005 aged 82 years ...
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Alderson, Larry

Alderson, Larry Larry Alderson Defence Officer 457 Squadron Darwin insert ...
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Alford, Wally

Wally was born in Sydney on the 25th March 1911 ...
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Allen, Thomas Walter

Tom was born the 1st October 1925 in Camperdown, NSW ...
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Anderson, Andrew ‘Andy’

Anderson, Andrew ‘Andy’ Andrew ‘Andy’ ANDERSON RAAF, 79 Squadron 414634 ...
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Anderson, George Alexander

Flight Lieutenant George Anderson was a Lockheed Ventura pilot with ...
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Anderson, Robert “Andy” Edmund

Robert was born in New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland on the ...
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Andrews, Don

Don Andrews Donald (Don) George Andrews, DFC 453 Squadron, RAAF ...
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Andrews, Donald George DFC

Don once commented that he had a charmed life, and ...
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Andrews, Dormer

Dormer was born of Queensland. He was posted from No ...
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Andrews, George “Bill” William

George, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Arnell, Alexander ‘Alec’

Arnell, Alexander ‘Alec’ ‘Alexander ‘Alec’ Arnell 401095 Born April 2nd ...
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Ashby, Robert G

Robert, or Bob as he was known to his friends, ...
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Austin, Arthur John

Austin, Arthur Arthur John AUSTIN Leading Aircraftman, 457 Squadron RAAF.  ...
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Austin, John Sanger, DFC and MID

John was a pilot flying Hudsons with 2 and 13 ...
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Ayre, Roy Eric

Roy was a Boomerang Fighter pilot with 83 Squadron Roy ...
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Bader, Douglas

Bader, Douglas Sir Douglas R. S.Bader 21/2/1910 to 5/9/1982 Group ...
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Badger, Langdon

Langdon is a friend of the Spitfire Association. In the ...
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Bailey, Lester Maxwell

Lester was a Liberator (refer photo) pilot with 12 Squadron ...
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Baker, Allenby Leslie

Allenby Leslie BAKER Pilot Officer R.A.A.F. 452 Squadron Service No ...
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BAKER, Allenby Leslie

Allenby Leslie BAKER Pilot Officer R.A.A.F. 452 Squadron Service No ...
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Bannock, Russ DSO, DFC

Russ was a Mosquito pilot with 112 Squadron Russ joined ...
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Barber, “The Square Peg”

The following was recounted by his mate, Flight Lieutenant James ...
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Barclay, Frank

Barclay, Frank Francis G. (Frank) Barclay 428948 Enlisted 22/10/1942 Discharged ...
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Barclay, Kelvin M.

Kelvin M. Barclay DFC Service number 407622 , RAAF Squadron ...
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Barker, Herbert ‘Ken’

Barker, Herbert ‘Ken’ Herbert K. (Ken) Barker F/O RAAF 457 ...
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Barlow, Keith

Keith was born on the 19th December 1926. He enlisted ...
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Barnes, John Loughnan

John was born on the 23rd April 1911 in Quirindi, ...
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Barrien, John

John was born in Adelaide on the 5th April 1919 ...
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Barrington, Joseph

Joe wrote the following account on the 17 th February, ...
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Barrow, George

George, known by his friends as Wheeler, was born on ...
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Barton, Leonard Arthur

Leonard was born on the 13th November 1910 in Rainbow, ...
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Basey, Willoughby “Bill”

Bill was born on the 19th April 1916 at Brighton ...
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Bassan, Trevor William

Trevor flew Lockheed Hudsons with 2 Squadron. Trevor was born ...
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Bassett, Edwin

Edwin was born in Victoria. He was a graduate from ...
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Bassett, Kenneth “Kenny” Dudley

Kenneth was born on the 16th of July 1916 in ...
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Batchelor, Arthur Evan

Arthur was born on the 19th September 1917 in Sydney, ...
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Bavinton, Raymond “Bavo” E.

Ray, from Granville, NSW, enlisted in the RAAF on the ...
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Bawden , Bob

Bob was born on the 18th October 1919 in Sydney, ...
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Beale, Francis “Frank” Bruce

Frank was born on the 23rd June 1915 in Melbourne, ...
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Beath, Robert George

Bob Beath was born the 16th May 1924 in New ...
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Beaton, Malcolm John “Junior”

Malcolm was born on the 5th March 1924 at Naracoorte, ...
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Beattie, Douglas

Doug was born in NSW. He was a flight instructor ...
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Beckett, John “Joe” G. S.

John, who was known as Joe, served in Malta ...
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Beckwith, Allen C.

Allen was born on the 25th April 1923 at Clunes ...
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Beech, Colin

Colin was born on the 25th December 1923 in Brisbane, ...
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Beggs, Nathaniel Ross

Nat was a Leading Aircraftman on Beaufighters in 31 squadron ...
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Bell , Charles Henry

Charles was born on the 27th April 1907 in Kalgoorlie, ...
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Bell, James

Jim enlisted in the RAAF and after training found himself ...
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Bell, John “Dinger” Thompson, DFC

John was born on the 11th January 1921 in South ...
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Bell, William Samuel

Bill was a Flying Officer on Liberators with 12 Squadron ...
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Betterman, Len

Len was a Leading Aircraftman with 54 Squadron RAF in ...
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Black, Roderick H

Rod was born in NSW. He was posted from No ...
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Black, Russell Lindsay

Russ was a Pilot Officer on Hudsons in 2 Squadron ...
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Blackburn, Allen M

Allen was born in Victoria and was posted to 457 ...
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Blacklock, Alfred H

Alfred was born in Queensland and was with 457 Squadron ...
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Blake, Alfred Henry “Harry”

Alfred, or Harry as he was known to his friends, ...
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Bloomfield, David Ianson

David was born on the 4th January 1917 in Summer ...
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Blumer, Alexander Gordon Barrett, DFC

Alex was born on the 5th May 1922 in Gosford, ...
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Boardman, Lloyd “Danny,” DFM

Lloyd, known as Danny to his friends, was born in ...
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Bolton, Ronald H

Unfortunately, the Spitfire Association has no information on Ronald except ...
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Bott, Max Stanley

Max was born on the 16th April 1914 in Brisbane, ...
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Bowes, Raymond Charles

Ray was born on the 17th May 1925 in Lewisham, ...
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Boyd, Alfred

Alf was born on the 15th April 1917 in Kalgoolie, ...
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Boyd, Leslie Cyril

Les was born on the 21st August 1920 in Brighton, ...
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Boyd, Robert K

Robert was posted from No 53 OTU. Very little is ...
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Bradley, Roy Gordon

Roy was a Leading Aircraftman with 13 Squadron. He was ...
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Branson, Peter

Peter was born in July 1926 in the UK. He ...
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Brennan, Virgil Paul, DFC, DFM

Virgil, known as Paul to his friends, was born on ...
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Brewin, Raymond T

Ray was born in Victoria and was a fresh graduate ...
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Briggs, Clive Roy

Roy, as he was known to his mates, was born ...
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Broadbent, Francis Robinson

Francis was born on the 24th November 1918 in Levin, ...
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Brook, Anthony Kingsmill

Anthony was born on the 12 th December 1922. He ...
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Broom, Sir Ivor, KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC and AFC

Sir Ivor was born in Cardiff on the 2nd June ...
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Broom, Thomas J, DFC

In the early months of World War Two, Thomas, or ...
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Broomhead, Jeffrey “Bob” Earnest

Jeffrey, or Bob as he was known to his friends, ...
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Brown, Arthur “Art”

Arthur, or Art as he was known to his friends, ...
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Browning, Thomas “Bill” Wilfrid

Thomas was a Wireless Telegraphist and enlisted in the RAF ...
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Buffier, John Stewart

John was a leading Aircraftman with 34 Squadron (Transport Unit) ...
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Bullivant, Roland “Roly”

Roland was born on the 21st August 1923 at Glebe ...
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Bullock, Peter William

Peter was born on the 7th September 1924 in Mt ...
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Bungey, Robert Wilton DFC

Bob was born the 4th October 1914 in Somerton, Victoria, ...
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Burgess, Kerry “Burge”

Kerry was a Leading Aircraftman with the 110 Mobile Fighter ...
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Burtonshaw, Paul “Bill” William

Paul, who was known to hios mates as Bill, was ...
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Bushell, Les

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Byrne, John Robert

John was born on the 1st October 1922 in Young, ...
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Cable, William “Bill” Oswald, DFC

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Caldwell, Clive Robertson, DSO, DFC and Bar

Clive was born in Sydney on the 28th July 1910 ...
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Cale, Frank W

The date will go largely unnoticed among the Battle of ...
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Callister, Ian Hope

Ian was born on the 18th March 1922 in Brighton, ...
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Campbell, John Murdoch

John was born on the 5th February 1922 in Roma, ...
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Cansdale, Gordon

Gordon is an Associate member of the Spitfire Association. He ...
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Carmichael, John Damien “Hogy”

John, or Hogy as he was known to his friends, ...
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Carpenter, Eric

Eric joined the RAAF in 1942 and served with 43 ...
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Carter, Nicholas (Nick)

Somewhere in the Northern territory, most probably at Sattler airfield ...
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Caulton, John Jeremy

John is a friend of The Spitfire Association. John was ...
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Chaffey, Robert “Bob” Hugh

Bob was born on the 16th February 1902 in Mildura, ...
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Chandler, Ian

Ian was born in South Australia. He was posted from ...
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Chapman, Christopher Geoffrey Blomfield

Christopher was born on the 27th January 1913 at Uralla, ...
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Chisholm, Keith Bruce, MC and DFM

Keith was born on the 22nd December 1918 in Sydney, ...
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Chojnacki, Wlodzimierz “Don”

Don was a member of 303 Squdron, which was one ...
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Chrystal, William J.H.

William was born on the 13th October 1920 in Wellington ...
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Clarke, Thomas Findlay

Thomas, or Tommy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Cleary, Thomas

Thomas, or Tom as he was known to his mates, ...
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Clemesha, Robert Gerald

Robert, who was also known as “Clem” or “Bob” to ...
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Clifford, Kenneth McRae

Ken was a Wirraway pilot with 457 Squadron He was ...
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Clifton, Basil James

Basil was awarded the King’s Commendation for Valuable Service in ...
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Clinch, Arthur H

Arthur was born in New South Wales. He was posted ...
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Clissold, George Arthur

George was a Typhoon pilot with 245 Squadron RAF. He ...
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Cock, John DFC

John was born in Renmark, South Australia in 1918. He ...
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Cogan, Peter Denis

Peter was born in New South Wales. He was posted ...
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Collett, Doug

Doug was born on the 25th June 1920 in South ...
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Colyer, Keith “Blue”

Keith was born in 1922 and educated at Knox College, ...
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Combes, John Bertrand

James Bertrand Combes   Flying Officer Service Number 410873 457 ...
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Compton, Lyndon Spencer AO OBE

Lyndon was born on the 20th August 1922 in Hawthorn, ...
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Conant, William “Bill” Hungerford

Bill was born in 1911, the only male of six ...
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Connett, Frederick

Fred, as he known by his mates, was born on ...
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Conway, Andrew “Connie” Leonard

Connie was born in Victoria. He was part of the ...
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Cowan, Raife J

Raife was born in Queensland. He enlisted with the RAAF ...
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Cowell, Gerald Joseph

Gerald was born on the 12th December 1918 at Willaura, ...
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Cowpe, Frederick “Fred” Foster, DFC, Legion of Honour

Fred was born on the 18th September 1919 in Parramatta, ...
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Cowper, Robert “Bob” Barson. DFC

After training, Bob joined 153 Squadron RAF and was at ...
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Cran-Crombie, James

Web Master: James is shown in RAAF records as James ...
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Creagh, Southwood “South” C.

Southwood, or South as he was known to his mates, ...
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Creswell, Alexander N.

Alexander was born in Victoria. He was posted from No.53 ...
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Creswell, Richard “Dick” DFC, MBE, DFC and AM (USA)

Richard, or Dick as he was known to his friends, ...
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Crompton, Charles Frederick

Charles, or Charlie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Crosley, Robert Michael “Mike” DSC and Bar

Commander Mike Crosley was a Fleet Air Arm ace and ...
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Cross, Keith Sydney

Keith Cross was born on the 25th August 1920 in ...
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Cullen, Norman James

Norm was born on the 23rd July 1916 in Capel, ...
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Cundy, William Ronald, DFC and DFM

Ron, as he was known by his friends, first felt ...
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Cunningham, “Cats Eyes” John, DSO and DFC

Group Captain John “Cats Eyes” Cunningham was a n RAF ...
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Cunningham, Robert “Bob” Leopold

Bob was born at Manly, New South Wales on the ...
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Currie, Ross

Ross, who was born at Inverell in New South Wales, ...
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Cuthbert, Ian

Ian was born on the 4th November 1918 in Fullarton, ...
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Dadge, Fred

Fred Dadge was in the Ground Staff with 54 Squadron ...
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Dale, John Francis

John was born on the 22nd March 1919 at Strathfield, ...
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Dawe, John Keynes

John was born in Fullarton, South Australia on the 30th ...
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Dean, Hector William Godfrey

Hector was born in Wollongong on the 19th March 1911 ...
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Dehlsen, Paul “Chocka” John

Paul was born on the 28th April 1920 in Concord, ...
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Devine, Henry Clarence “Harry”

Harry, as he was known to his mates, started as ...
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Dickenson, Ivan Beresford

Ivan was born on the 23rd March 1922 at Granton ...
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Downes, David Frederick Kirk

David was born on the 5th June 1919 in Camden ...
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Doyle, John “Jack” Carlisle, DSO, DFC and Bar

Jack was born on the 21st May 1918 at Kamilaroi ...
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Doyle, John Allan

John was born on the 29th September 1922 in Helensburgh, ...
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Draycott, Walter “Chiefy”

Walter, or Chiefy as he was known to his friends, ...
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Due, Richard “Dick” Lief

Richard, or Dick as he known by his mates, was ...
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Duncan, Colin “Col” Ronald

Colin was born on the 4th August 1919 in St ...
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Duncan, James “Jim” Anderson

James Duncan (Service No. 44358) was a Flight Sergeant with ...
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Dunford, Richard “Rick” Guy

Richard Dunford was a 3rd Radio Officer with the Merchant ...
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Dunn, Dudley Clyde, DFC

Dudley was born in Wagga Wagga on the 9th January ...
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Dunning, Colin William

Colin was born on the 28th December 1924 in Unley ...
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Dunstan, Bruce Paul

Bruce was an Aussie from Victoria who enlisted in the ...
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Dutton, Roy Gilbert, DSO, DFC and Bar

Roy was born on the 2nd March 1917. He enlisted ...
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Dyall, Walter “Wal” Frederick

Walter, or Wal as he was known to his mates, ...
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Ede, Alfred Vincent

Alf was born on the 17th September 1917 at Innisfail ...
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Edstein, John “Abe” Barry

During the War, John Edstein was a Leading Aircraftman with ...
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Edwards, Douglas Ralph

Doug was born on the 24th October 1916 in Jericho, ...
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Edwards, James G

James was born on the 29th September 1915 in Woolahra, ...
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Edy, Allen “Jake” Laird, DFC

Allan, or Jake as he was known to his friends, ...
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Egan, Patrick “Pat”

Pat was a Dental Officer with 457 Squadron when it ...
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Elphick, John Rodney Henry, MID

John, who may have been known as Jack, was born ...
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Emery, John Marsh

John was born on the 8th March 1914 at North ...
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Esplin, Ian George, CB, DSO, DFC

Air Vice Marshal Ian Esplin (86713) flew Beaufighters in 29 ...
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Etherington, Evelyn Graeme Ivor

Graeme was born on the 6th February 1918 in Swansea, ...
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Evans, Davidson “Dave” Freeman

Dave, as he was known to his friends, was born ...
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Ewins, Russell Herbert Sydney

Russell, or Russ as he was known to his friends, ...
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Fairbairn, David Eric, KBE, DFC

Sir David Fairbairn was born on the 3rd March 1917 ...
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Fairfax, James William Campbell

James was born in Cessnock, New South Wales on the ...
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Felmingham, Roy “Foxy”

Roy was born on the 18th June 1920 in Maryborough, ...
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Ferguson, Ronald Irvine

Ron was born in North Sydney, New South Wales on ...
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Feuerheerdt, Frederick “Freddy” Matheson

Freddy was born on the 7th February 1923 in Unley, ...
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Filshie, Earle “Count” John

Earle, or Count as he was known to his mates, ...
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Finlay, David “Dave” William

David was born in Bowral, New South Wales on the ...
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Finlay, Frederick “Fred” John

Fred was born on the 25th May 1918 in Alberton, ...
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Finucane, Brendon “Paddy” Eamon Fitzpatrick DSO, DFC and Two Bars

Wing Commander Brendan Eamon Fitzpatrick “Paddy” Finucane was a Spitfire ...
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Fiveash, Ronald Ashton

Ronald was known to most of us as Ron and ...
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Ford, Ronald Clyde

Ronald was born on the 7th May 1919 in Ballina, ...
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Ford, William “Bill” Hendrie

We do not want Bill to be forgotten. He was ...
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Foster, Robert William DFC AE

RAF Wing Commander Robert William Foster DFC AE was an ...
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Fox, Kenneth James

Kenneth was born on the 12th September 1919 in Ashfield, ...
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Friend, William

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Fuller, Colin “Col” Francis

Col was born on the 2nd September 1917 in Tumut, ...
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Fumerton, Robert “Moose” Carl, DFC and Bar, AFC

Wing Commander Robert Fumerton of the RCAF was Canada’s highest ...
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Gamble, Keith Munro

Keith, who died on the 19th October 1998, aged 92, ...
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Gardner, Ronald Charlie, DFC

Ronald was born on the 25th December 1918 in Merewether, ...
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Gaze, Frederick Anthony “Tony” Owen, OAM, DFC and Two Bars

Tony was born on the 3rd February 1920 in Melbourne ...
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Gazzard, Richard “Dick” George

Richard was born on the 17th August 1920 at Croydon ...
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Geissmann, Bernard Malcolm

Bernard was born on the 14th December 1921 in Brisbane ...
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George, Marshall “Bob”

Bob was born on the 12th February 1921, enlisted on ...
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Gibbs, James Basil

Unfortunately, we do not know much about James except that ...
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Gibson, John Albert Axel, DFC and DSO

John was born in Brighton, England on the 24th August ...
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Gifford, George Lindsay Charles “Joe”

Joe was born on the 15th June 1918 in the ...
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Gilbert, George Raymond

George was born on the 19th January 1922 in Hobart, ...
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Gillies, Robert W

Robert was born on the 18th August 1925 in Chatswood, ...
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Glendinning, Alfred, DFC

Alfred, or Alf as he was known to his friends, ...
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Goldin, Philip “Phil” Ernest

Unfortunately, nothing much is known about Phil except that he ...
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Goodhew, Reginald “Reg” Alan

Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his friends, ...
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Goold, Wilfred “Wilf” Arthur, DFC

Wilfred, or Wilf as he was known to his friends, ...
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Goold, Wilfred “Wilf” Arthur, DSC

Wilfred, or Wilf as he was known to his friends, ...
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Gordon, Donald Carlos, DFC

Donald was born on the 13th April 1924 at Warrnambool ...
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Gore, Stanley “Granddaddy” George

Stan was born on the 24th May 1905 in Annandale, ...
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Gorton, Sir John

Sir John was born on the 9th September 1911 in ...
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Gould, Arthur John “Nat”

Arthur, or Nat (or Natski after he served for a ...
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Gould, John G

John was born on the 18th June 1916 in Maryborough, ...
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Graham, Thomas Leslie

Thomas, or Les as he was known to his friends, ...
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Grant, James

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, ...
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Greaves, James Henry

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, ...
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Green, David

Group Captain David Green, OBE, was an RAF pilot who ...
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Gregory, Rupert Henry William “Bill”

Rupert, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Grinlington, Dudley “Dud” Albert

Dudley, or Dud as he was known to his friends, ...
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Gumbley , Clifford “Cliff”

Clifford, or Cliff as he was known to his mates, ...
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Gurney, Brian Frederick

Brian was born on the 17th May 1924 in Cremorne, ...
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Hack, Charles Walter Bewick

Charles was known to many of his friends as Bewick ...
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Hall, Edward “Ted” Smith

Ted as born in Sydney on the 10th March 1918 ...
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Halliday, Richard Arthur George “Rags”

Richard, or Rags as he was later nicknamed, was born ...
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Halse, Brian Joseph

Brian was born on the 10th March 1913 in Wellington, ...
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Halse, William Jack

William, who was probably known as Jack, was born in ...
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Hamilton, David M. A. H. “Shorty”

David Hamilton was a Commander in the Royal Navy. He ...
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Hamilton, Frank Drury “Bush”

Frank, or Bush as he was known to his friends, ...
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Hammond, Raymond George Francis

Ray was born on the 12th November 1921 in Sydney, ...
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Handsaker, Sidney “Sid” Alwyn

Sidney, or Sid as he was known to his friends, ...
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Hanigan, James Neate

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, ...
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Harding, Ross “Junior” Norman

Ross, or Junior as he was known to his mates, ...
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Hardman, John Joseph “Jim”

John, or Jim as he was known as his mates, ...
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Hardwick, William “Bill” Stanley

William, or Bill as he was known to his mates, ...
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Hardy, George

The only problem with trying to identify some of the ...
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Harrison, John Joseph

John was born on the 15th January 1922 at Brighton ...
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Hart, Leslie John

Leslie, or Les as he was known to his friends, ...
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Hart, Raymond Jack

Raymond, or Ray or Boss as he was known to ...
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Hast, Reginald Alfred

Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his friends, ...
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Haynes, Angus “Gus” Arthur

Angus, or Gus as he was known to his mates, ...
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Hearne, Maurice Henry

Maurice was born on the 15th November 1925 in Kilkenny, ...
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Heaton, Joseph H.

Joseph, or Little Joe as he was known to his ...
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Hegarty, Brian Francis

Brian was born in Marrickville in New South Wales on ...
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Hemley, Lindsay “Lin” Edward

Lindsay, or Lin as he was known to his friends, ...
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Henning, John Cedric Lester

John was born on the 25th November 1918 at Dungog ...
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Henshaw, Alexander Adolphus Dumfries

Alexander Henshaw was born on the 7th November 1912 and ...
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Hey, Eric Charles, DFC

Eric was born on the 20th March 1916 at Bega ...
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Hill, Alan Rothwell

Alan was born on the 6th April 1920. Unfortunately, we ...
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Hinde, George Frederick

George was born on the 9th February 1909 in Southport, ...
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Hinds, William “Bill” Torrens

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Hobbs, Norman Victor

Norm was born at Melbourne, Victoria on the 7th April ...
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Holland, Kenneth “Dutchy” Christopher

Kenneth, or Dutchy to his mates, was born in 1920 ...
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Holt, Richard “Dick” Tweedy, MID

Richard, or Dick as he was known to his friends, ...
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Hopton, David Henry

David, an amateur historian, has always been interested in carefully ...
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Hughes, Patterson “Pat” Clarence, DFC

Patterson, or Pat as he was known by his mates, ...
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Hulls, Charles Allen

Charles, who was known as Allen, was born on the ...
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Humorous incident

The following story is of a humerous incident that occurred ...
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Hutchinson, Eric Ebsworth

Eric was born on the 26th September 1916 in Armidale, ...
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Hutton, Roy William

Roy was born on the 16th July 1920 in Toowoomba, ...
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Inger, Frederick John

Frederick, or Fred as he was known to his friends, ...
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Irons, Randall “Scotty” Scott

Scotty, as he was known to all, was born on ...
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Jackson, Edgar Purton

Edgar, or Ed as he was known by his friends, ...
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Jackson, Maxwell Piers

Maxwell, or Max as he was known by his friends, ...
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James, Kenneth “Skeeter” Elwin

James was born in Ballan, Victoria, on the 27th March ...
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Jenkins, John “Rod” Rodney

Rodney, or Rod as he was known to his mates, ...
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Johnson, John Walker

John was born on the 16th September 1924 in Killara, ...
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Johnstone, Harold “Hank” Wilmot

Harold, or Hank as he was known to his friends, ...
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Jones ,Charles “Clem” Clement

Charles, or Clem as he was known to his friends, ...
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Jones, Edward “Buck” Arthur

Known to his mates in 457 Squadron as Buck or ...
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Jones, Thomas “Tim” William

Thomas, or Tim as he was known to his mates, ...
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Jones, X

Edward Arthur JONES ...
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Jude, George “Mac” McCallum

George, or Mac as he was known to his friends, ...
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Kearns, Terry, DSO, DFC and DFM

Terry Kearns was a Squadron Leader with the Royal new ...
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Keay, Peter John

This story was contributed by Peter’s mate, Lindsay Hemley, a ...
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Keeling, Warwick “Keelo” Alexander

Warwick, or Keelo as he was known to his mates, ...
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Kenyon, Robert James

Robert was born on the 29th November 1921 at Toowoomba ...
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Kingston, James Wallace Bruce

Bruce, as he is known to his mates, was born ...
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Kirk, Edward “Ted Gladstone Gilchrist

Edward, or Ted as he was known to his friends, ...
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Kirkby, Eric Walker

Eric was born on the 5th April 1918 in Granville, ...
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Lambert, Frederick Ronald

Frederick, or Ron as he was known to his friends, ...
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Lambert, Percy Colin George

Percy, who was known as Colin, was born on the ...
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Lamerton, William John

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Latham, Graham William

Graham was born on the 9th July 1910 in Black ...
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Layzell, Frederick William Samuel

Frederick, known as Fred to his mates, was born on ...
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le Poer Trench, Frederick Albert

Frederick, or Fred as he was known to his friends, ...
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Leeming, Leslie Allen

Leslie, or Les as he was known to his mates, ...
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Leith, Colin “Rusty” Russell, AM, DFC

Colin, or Rusty as he was known as by his ...
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Lester, Howard Charles “Chuck”

Howard, or Chuck as he was known to his mates, ...
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Lewis, Donald Edwin

Don, as he was known to his friends, was born ...
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Ligertwood, Neil Coutts

Neil was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on the 4th ...
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Litchfield, Geoff

Geoff Litchfield is a memeber of the Spitfire Association. He ...
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Little, Bruce

Bruce was born on the 24th January 1921 in North ...
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Lloyd, Robert Bruce

Robert, who was known as Bob, was born on the ...
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Lloyd, William “Bill” Glen

William, or Bill as he was known, was born on ...
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Lucre , Charles William Harold, OAM

Charles was born in Campsie, Sydney on the 16th March ...
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Lumley, Albert “Smokey” Laurence

Albert, or “Smokey” as he was known to his mates, ...
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Lynch James “Jim” Holburn

James, known as Jim, was born on the 25th May ...
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Lyons, Ian “Joe” Alfred

Ian, or Joe as he was known to his mates, ...
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MacDonald, Ronald Sommerville, MID

Ron, as he was known, was the third son of ...
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MacKenzie, Ian Seaforth

Ian was born on the 9th February 1917 in Ipswitch, ...
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Mackenzie, Kenneth “Ollie” James

Kenneth, or Ollie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Mackenzie, Neil Dellit

Neil was born on the 23rd October 1922 in Ascot ...
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Maclean, Donald “Don” Howell

Donald, who was known as Don, was was born in ...
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MacNeil, Hugh Sutherland

Hugh was born on the 4th November 1924 in Sydney, ...
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Macpherson, Alexander Clarence

Alex was born in Sydney, New South Wales, on the ...
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Madigan, Christopher “Vin” Vincent

Vincent, or Vin as he was known to his friends, ...
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Magee, John Gillespie, Jr

John Jr. was a Pilot Officer for the Royal Canadian ...
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Makin, John

John was born in Radcliffe, England, on the 17th April ...
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Makin, Paul “Scruffy” St John

Paul, or Scruffy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Malan, Adolph “Sailor” Gysbert, DSO and Bar, DFC

Adolph “Sailor” Malan was born in Wellington, South Africa, in ...
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Manning, Charles Frederick Richard

Charles was born on the 22nd October 1920 at Bacchus ...
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Marks, Gilbert “Harpo” Geoffrey

Geoff, or Harpo as he was known to his mates, ...
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Markwell, Ian Allison

Ian was born on the 19th October 1920 in Nundah, ...
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Marsh, “Corporal”

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Marsh, Geoffrey “Swampy” Treve

Geoffrey, or Swampy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Marsh, Norman “Swampy” John

Norman, or Swampy or Swamp to his mates, was born ...
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Mawer, Granville Allen

Granville, who was known as Allen, was born on the ...
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May, Kenneth Bayley

Ken, as he was known, was born on the 17th ...
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McAuliffe, James “Jim” Stanley

James, who was known as Jim, was born on the ...
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McCarthy, Peter Frederick

We have hardly any information on Peter, except that we ...
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McDade, Patrick “Pat” Vincent, DFC

Patrick, or Pat as he was known to his friends, ...
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McDade, X

Patrick X ...
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McDonell, Russell “Russ”

Russ, as he was known to his friends, was born ...
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McDowell, Frederick Richard John “Darky”

Fred, or Darky as he was known to his mates, ...
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McFadden, Desmond “Des” Ronald, DFC

Flying Officer Desmond McFadden, Service No. 432538 (0211684) was a ...
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McGlinchy, Robert “Snowy” Hunter

Robert, who was sometimes known as Snowy or Bob to ...
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McGregor-Crowe, Thomas “Mac” James

Thomas, or Mac as he was known to his friends, ...
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McIntosh, Lawrence “Laurie”, DFC

If one refers to the World War II Nominal Roll ...
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McKellar, Ian Fraser

Ian was born on the 8th October 1918 in Glasgow, ...
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McLaughlin, Bernard “Barry” Thomas

Unfortunately, we know little about Barry, except that he was ...
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McLeod, Claude Noel

Claude was born on the 30th October 1922 in Camperdown, ...
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McLeod, Kenneth Duncan, DFC

Kenneth, or Ken, as his mates called him, was born ...
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McNab , Alexander Charles

Alexander, or Alex or Sandy, as he was known by ...
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McNaughton, Alexander Graham

Alex was born on the 11th August 1920 in Adelaide, ...
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McNeill, Malcolm “McGinty” James

Malcolm, or McGinty or Jim, as he was known to ...
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McSwan, Colin Neil

Colin was born on the 5th December 1907 in Mullumbimby, ...
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Menzies, James Stuart

Jim, as he was known to his friends, was born ...
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Merkel, Reginald John

Reginald, or Reg, as he was known to his mates, ...
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Middleton, X

Lyn Middleton, South African by birth, was a member of ...
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Miels, Bruce

Bruce was born on the 18th January 1921 in Keswick, ...
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Miller, Arthur Leonard

Arthur was born on the 11th August 1919 in Coburg, ...
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Miller, Rowley Charles

Rowley was born on the 18th May 1924 in Hawthorn, ...
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Milne, Ian Arthur Lane

Ian was born on the 4th August 1915 at Wirrabara, ...
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Milne, James “Jim” Edwin Hugh

James, or Jim, as he was known to his mates, ...
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Milne, Kenneth “Lance” Lancelot, CBE

Kenneth, or Lance, as he was known to his friends, ...
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Mitchell, Reginald Joseph CBE, FRAeS

Many of the older members of the Spitfire Association did ...
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Mooney, Cosmo Louis

Cosmo, or Cos, as he was known to his friends, ...
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Moore, Arthur Warren “Archie”

Arthur, or Archie, as his mates knew him, was born ...
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Moore, Eric Mervyn

Eric was born on the 14th March 1920 in Sydney, ...
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Morgan, John

On the 3rd December 1943, storm clouds closed in quickly ...
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Morrison, John “Morrie” McAuley

John, or Jack or Morrie, as his mates knew him, ...
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Morse, Alden George

Alden, or George, as he was known to his mates, ...
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Morse, Ian Sutherland

Ian was born on the 5th March 1922 in Woy ...
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Morton, Alexander Henry

Alexander, or Tex, as his mates knew him, was born ...
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Munro, Lockwood Graham

Lockwood, or Lock as he was known to his mates, ...
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Murdoch, Keith Alexander

Keith was born on the 21st February 1914 in Kalgoorlie, ...
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Nathan, Reginald Vivian Edward

Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his mates, ...
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Nation, Huon Tasman

Huon was born on the 20th February 1916 at Scottsdale ...
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Needham, Wilfred Stafford

Wilfred, or Wilf as he was known to his friends, ...
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Newberry, Edward Raymond

Edward, or Ted as he was known to his friends, ...
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Newton, John “Snapper” Sefton

John, or Snapper as his fellow pilots called him, or ...
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Nicholls, Peter James

Peter was born on the 16th January 1925 in Adelaide ...
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Nichterlein, Willie Everard

Willie was born on the 14th February 1920 in Hamilton, ...
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Nipperess, Henry “Harry” Michael

Henry, or Harry as he was known to his mates, ...
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North, Harold Leslie, DFC

Harold was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on the 31st ...
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Nugent, Peter “Nugget” Brian

Nugget was born on the 15th April 1928 in Moonee ...
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O’Brien, Alfred Harold

Alfred, or Alf as he was known to his mates, ...
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O’Brien, Kevin “Obie” Mathew

Editor: Have you ever realized how many loving mothers named ...
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O’Brien, Patrick

Doctor Patrick O’Brien was born in 1922 in Glasgow, Scotland ...
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O’Byrne, Justin Hilary

Justin was born on the 1st June 1912 in Launceston, ...
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O’Loughlin, Colin Henry

Colin was born on the 25th April 1918 in Port ...
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O’Connor, Barry Oakley

Barry was born on the 27th May 1922 in Nyah ...
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Oliver, Kenneth Maxwell

Ken was born on the 29th June 1925 at Milton ...
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Orchard, Harold

Harold was a Spitfire pilot with the RAF. He was ...
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Ormrod, Oliver “Sonny” Ogle, DFC

Oliver, or Sonny as he was known to his friends ...
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Page, Desmond

Apart from the following recollections, we do not know much ...
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Parberry, Marshall Edmund

Marshall, or Ed as he was known to his friends, ...
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Park, Joseph “Joe” Ostle

Joseph, or Joe as he was known to his friends, ...
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Parker, Donald Le Hunte

Don was born on the 20th April 1909 in Port ...
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Parker, Noel “Lofty” Randle

Noel, or Lofty as he was known to his friends, ...
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Parton, Roy “Gus”

Roy, or Gus as he was known to his friends, ...
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Partridge , Brian, QC

Brian was born on the 9th October 1922 and enlisted ...
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Pascoe, Robert

Robert, or Bob as he was known to his friends, ...
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Patterson, Charles Elliot Sinclair, DSO and DFC

Charles was a Squadron leader with the RAF during the ...
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Patterson, Ronald Ormond

Ronald, or Ron as he was known by his friends, ...
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Pauley, John “Jack” Barbary

John, or Jack as he was known by his mates, ...
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Payne, Thomas Francis Roland

Thomas, or Frank as he was known to his friends, ...
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Peacock, Kenneth Lawrence

Kenneth, or Ken as he was known to his friends, ...
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Peate, Desmond Lees

Desmond, or Des as he was known to his friends, ...
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Perry, Thomas Edgar

Thomas, or Tom as he was known to his friends, ...
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Petersen, Christian

Christian was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on the 27th December ...
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Petty, Walter Lloyd George

Walter, or Lloyd as he was known by his friends, ...
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Pevy, Abraham “Snowy”

Abraham, or Snowy as he ws known to his mates, ...
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Platen, Alexander Joseph

Alex was born on the 12th August 1917 in Brisbane, ...
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Powell, Gordon George AM

Gordon was born in Warnambool, Victoria on the 22nd January ...
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Price, Benjamin Leslie

Ben, as he was known to his friends, was born ...
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Proctor, Alan James

Alan was born on the 2nd September 1921 in Melbourne, ...
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Prune, Percy

Many of you may remember Pilot Officer Percy Prune. Percy ...
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Rankin, Norman Frederick

Norm was born on the 4th September 1921 in Bangalow, ...
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Read, Bruce Norman

Bruce was born in Gunnedah, New South Wales, on the ...
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Reilly, Stuart “Bill” Walter

Stuart, or Bill as he was known to his friends, ...
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Rice, Robert “Bob” George Melville

Robert, or Bob as he was known to his friends, ...
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Richards, Gordon “Hap” Lindsay

Gordon, or Hap as he was known by his mates, ...
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Richardson, Arthur Ross

Arthur was born on the 10th January, 1920 in Hamilton, ...
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Riddel, Roy Gordon

Roy was born on the 9th June 1919 in Brisbane, ...
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Rigg, Ronald John

Ron was born on the 29th January 1923 in Perth, ...
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Ritchie , Malcolm Jack

Malcolm, or Jack as he was known to his friends, ...
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Roberts, Alexander Cyffin MID

Alexander, or Alex as he was known to his mates, ...
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Roberts, Joseph Lysle

Joseph, or Lysle as his mated called him, was born ...
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Robertson, George

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Robertson, Neil “Robbie” Birdwood

Web Master: The following anecdotes are about a “Robbie” Robertson, ...
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Robinson, Norman “Robbo” Frederick

Norman, or Robbo as he was known to his mates, ...
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Ross, John Robertson

John was born on the 17th August 1916 in Goondiwndi, ...
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Ruskin-Rowe, Anthony Thomas “Rowie”

Anthony, or Tony or Rowie as he was sometimes known, ...
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Russell, George Gray

George was born on the 2nd January 1916 in Cremorne, ...
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Russell, Trevor Reginald

Trevor was born on the 9th March 1923 in Murrurundi, ...
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Schrader, Eric Henry

Eric was born on the 9th October 1920 in Melbourne, ...
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Scott, Douglas “Scottie”

Douglas, or Scottie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Scrimgeour, Stanley George

Stanley, or George as he was known to his mates, ...
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Seelenmeyer, John Lorne

John was born on the 8th May 1917in Harcourt, Victoria, ...
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Sharman, Arthur Ernest “Blue”

Arthur, or Blue as he was known to his mates, ...
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Shearn, Hartley Vivian

Hartley was born on the 19th October 1921 in Perth, ...
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Sheldon, Mark Ernest

Mark was born in Granville, New South Wales, on the ...
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Sheridan, John “Jack” Francis

This is the World War II biography of John Francis ...
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Shiels, Noel Lindsey MiD

Noel was born in Preston, Victoria, on the 31st March ...
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Simmons, Reginald Lindsay

Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his friends, ...
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Sismore, Edward Barnes. DSO, DFC, AFC

Edward, or Ted as he was known to his friends, ...
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Skinner, Leslie James

Leslie, or Les as he was known to his friends, ...
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Skinner, Lindsay Maxwell

Lindsay was born on the 8th April 1911 in Huonville, ...
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Skinner, Murray Lyne

Murray, or Lyne as he was known to his friends, ...
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Sloman, Geoffrey Hartnell

Geoffrey was born on th 4th July 1917 at Pembroke ...
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Sly, Raymond Harold Charles

Raymond, or Ray as he was known to his friends, ...
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Small, Gordon Wesley, DFC and Bar

Gordon was born on the 23rd June 1915 in Kempsey, ...
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Smith-Stag, Ross

Ross was born on the 15th December 1919 in Thebarton, ...
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Smith, Donald “Tassie”

Unfortunately, we do not know much about Don, except that ...
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Smith, Henry Lacy

Henry, or Lacy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Smith, Thomas Claude

Thomas, or Tom as he was known to his friends, ...
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Smith, William James

In October 2011, a group of amateur aviation historians unearthed ...
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Smithells, Norman Albert (aka Norman Albert Turnbull)

Norm was known under two surnames; Smithell and Turnbull. During ...
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Smithson, John “Jack” Harold. DFC

Most of this biography is with thanks to Pacific Victory ...
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Snowdon, Roland Milne

Roland was born on the 10th April 1920 in Maffra, ...
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Sobey, William “Bill”

Bill Sobey is a Friend of the Spitfire Asociation. He ...
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Stagg, Ross Smith

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Startin, William Glen “Snow”

William, or Snow as he was known to his mates, ...
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Steinborn, Brunon

Brunon Steinborn was born on the 30th June 1915 in ...
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Stevens, Frederick Stanley. DFC

Fred is a friend of the Spitfire Association and flew ...
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Stevens, Reginald Noel Basil. DFC and Bar

Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his mates, ...
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Stevenson, Edmond Macleod

Edmond was born on the 7th November 1924 in Dubbo, ...
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Stewardson, John “Jack” Francis

John, or Jack as he was known to his mates, ...
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Stuart, Archibald Roger

Archibald, or Archie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Sturm, John Ridgeway

John, or Johnie as he was known to his friends, ...
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Sullivan, Noel William John

Unforrtunately, we know very little about Noel, except that was ...
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Summerton, James Edward

Jiames, or Jimmy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Susans, Ronald Thomas DFC, DSO, CBE

Ronald, or Ron as he was known to his friends, ...
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Swift, Clive Leslie

Clive was born on the 1st November 1924 in Elsternwick, ...
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Swift, Thomas Alexander

Thomas, or Tom as he was known to his mates, ...
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Tapp, Colin Slader

Colin was born on the 27th November 1922 at Clovelly, ...
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Tapper, Lesley Charles

Lesley, or Les as he was known to his mates, ...
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Taylor, Alfred Joseph Herbert. DFC

Alfred, or Alf as he was known to his mates, ...
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Taylor, Clifford “Cam” Alan Murray

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Photo: Some of the boys on station in England. “Little ...
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Tevlin, James Joseph

James, or Jim as his mates knew him, was born ...
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Thomas, Neil

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Thomas was Officer Commanding the South African ...
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Thomas, Neil Osborne

Neil was born on the 12th February 1920 at Northcote, ...
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Thomas, Owen Francis Youl

Not much is known about Frank, as he was known ...
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Thompson, Robert

Robert, or Bob or Jim as he was known to ...
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Thorogood, Walter “Wimpy”

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Walter, or Wimpy as ...
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Thorpe, William “Fog” Lawrence

William, or Fog as he was known to his mates ...
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Tie, Andrew “Bow” Christian

(Web Master: We know Bow as Andrew, however, he is ...
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Tims, Lester Clifford

Lester was born at 25 Margate Street, Ramsgate in New ...
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Tindal, Archibald Robert “Archie”

Archibald, or Archie as he was known to his friends, ...
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Tindale, John “Jack” Wilson

John, or Jack as he was known to his mates, ...
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Tingwell, Charles “Bud” William

Charles, or Bud as his mates called him, was born ...
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Townsend, Peter Woolridge CVO, DSO, DFC and Bar

Townsed was born on the 22nd November 1914 in Rangoon, ...
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Trimble, Thomas Hamilton, MiD

Thomas, or Tom as he was known to his mates, ...
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Truscott, Keith “Bluey” William DFC and Bar

Keith, or Bluey as he was known to his mates, ...
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Try, Augustine Kenneth

Augustine, who in all probability was called Ken by his ...
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Tuff, Robert Bruce, MID

Robert, called Bruce, was born on the 11th July 1922 ...
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Turbill, Jack Ashby

Jack was born in Adelaide on the 7th October 1915 ...
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Turner, Philip Edwin

Phil, as he was known to his mates, was born ...
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Turner, Warwick “Wak” James

Warwick, or Wak as he was known to his mates, ...
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Twyford, Jack “Corky”

Jack, or Corky as he was known to his mates, ...
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Ulm, John “Johnny” Anthony

John, or Johnny as he was known to his mates, ...
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Underwood, Guy W “Glop”

Guy, who was known as Glop to his mates, is ...
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Utber, Leonard Harvey

Leonard, who was known as Harvey by his mates, was ...
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Vanderfield, Richard “Doug” Douglas, DFC

Richard, or Doug as he was known to his mates, ...
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Vickers-Williams, James John

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, ...
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Voges, George Wilson

George was born on the 12th September 1922 in Carlton, ...
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Wakefield, Kevin Arthur

Kevin was born at Sealake in Victoria on the 26th ...
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Walker, Brian “Blackjack” Reginald, DSO

Brian, or Blackjack as he was known to his friends, ...
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Walker, Peter Graeme

Peterwas born in Mansfield, Victoria, on the 10th May 1926 ...
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Walsh, Desmond “Des” William Anthony

“Des” as he was known to his mates was born ...
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Walters, Allan “Wally” Leslie, CB, CBE, AFC

Allan, or Wally as he was known to his friends, ...
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Ward, William H. P.

William was born on the 6th August 1923 in Denman, ...
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Warrell, David

David, or Dave as he was known to his mates, ...
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Waters, Ralph Ernest

Ralph was born on the 26th April 1916 at Armadale, ...
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Watson, Bruce Duddridge, DFC

Bruce was 26 when he enlisted in the RAAF having ...
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Watson, Jeff

Jeff Watson is an honary member of the Spitfire Association ...
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Watson, Philip “Doc” Herbert, DFC

Philip, who was also known as Doc (or Peter post ...
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Watson, Rex Wyndham

Rex was born in the UK at Woolacombe, North Devon, ...
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Wawn, Clive “Bardie” Newton, DFC

Clive, or Bardie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Weger, Joseph Arthur

Joseph, or Joe as we assume he was known as ...
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Wellsman, James “Jimmy” Charles

James, or Jimmy as he was known to his mates ...
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Whalley, John Hoyle

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about John’s early days. We ...
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Wharton, Kenneth Roy

Kenneth, or Roy as he was known to his mates, ...
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Whillans, Robert “Hal” Harold

Robert, or Hal as he was known to his mates, ...
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White, Frederick “Freddie” Cheslyn

Frederick, or Freddie as he was known to his mates, ...
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Whiting, Henry “Harry” Oliver

Henry, or Harry as he was known as by his ...
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Williams, Frank

Frank was born on the 6th October 1913 in Townsville ...
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Williams, Jack

Regrettably, we cannot determine the details of Jack. Whether he ...
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Williams, Kenneth Victor

Kenneth was born on the 16 September 1915 in Fairfield, ...
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Williams, Reginald Ross

Reginald, or Ross as he known by his mates, was ...
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Wilson, Norman George

Norm was born on the 4th October 1923 at Magill, ...
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Winchester, Anthony “Tony” Henry

Anthony, or Tony as he was known to his mates, ...
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Winn, Richard “Dick” William

Richard, or Dick as he was known to his mates, ...
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Wolfe, Albert T

Albert, or Bert as he was known to his mates, ...
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Woodgate, Frederick

Fred, as he was known to his mates, was born ...
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Wright, Kenneth “Lofty” Lindsay

Editor: As Ken was a Photo Reconnaisance Unit (PRU) pilot, ...
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Wright, William Henry

William, or Bill as he was known to his mates, ...
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Wyllie, Kevin James

Kevin was born on the 27th September 1918 at Sydney, ...
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Yates, David Edwin

David, or Snow as he was known to his mates, ...
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Younger, Charles “Chuck” Irving, DFC

Charles, or Chuck as he was known to his mates, ...
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