Robert was born in New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland on the 22 October 1920.
He enlisted in the RAAF at Sydney on the 9th April 1940. After initial training in NSW, he was shipped out to Vancouver on the 28th November 1940 where he was attached to the RCAF. He left Nova Scotia on the 17th March 1941 and after arriving in England eventually trained on Spitfires with 57 OTU where he was a founding member, and then spent time with 58 OTU. On the 14th July 1941, he joined 457 Squadron at Bagington, then 452 Squadron and then 32 Squadron where he flew Hurricanes. He embarked with 32 Squadron to Gibralter arriving on the 8th November 1942. He flew with various squadrons there and in North Africa. He returned to England on the 24th July 1943 and flew Mustangs, Tempests and Typhoons, as well as Spitfires while flying with 84 and 41 RAF Squadrons.
The photo is of 41 Squadron Spitfire X11s in April 1944.
On the 18th December 1944, Andy was hit by anti aircraft fire over Germany and was seriously injured while landing back in Diest in Belgium. He was eventually shipped home to Australia and disembarked in Sydney on the 7th July 1945 and was demobilised on the 28th September 1945. Andy died on the 10th December 1984.
Updated Vince Conant
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