Bob was born on the 18th October 1919 in Sydney, NSW. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 6th January 1941 at Randwick, and attended the No 10 Course in 1941.
He trained in Australia and sailed to the UK in 1941. After OTU training in the UK, he was posted to No 87 RAF Squadron (Night Fighters) stationed at Bath, England. He stayed with them and when the Squadron was posted to Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily, he tagged along.
Bob returned to Australia in 1944 and was posted to Darwin to fight a different enemy, the Japanese. There, he became a member of the famous 457 Squadron, Spitfires. After his term finished, he was sent to Parkes, NSW, until the war finished. Bob was discharged on the 27th September 1945.
The photo includes Bob while he was with 457 Squadron. All are left to right. Top Row: Ian C. “Geoff” Chandler, Gilbert G. “Harpo” Marks, Christopher V. Madigan, Ronald H. Bolton, Wilfred G. “Wally” Dial, Allen C. Beckwith, J. Lysle Roberts, Frederick M. Fuernhardt
Middle Row: Frederick J. Inger, Kenneth D. McLeod, James H. Greaves, Percy C. Lambert, Bob Bawden, James E. Summerton, Richard L. “Dick” Due, Trevor R. Russell, Angus A “Gus” Haynes, Alexander H. “Tex” Morton, Thomas F. “Frank” Payne, Albert L. “Smoky” Lumley
Seated: James E. Milne, Bob Addision, Arthur J. “Nat” Gould, Lloyd L. “Danny” Boardman, Thomas H. “Tommy” Trimble, Alfred Glendinning, Southwood C. “South” Creagh, Unknown, Adjutant, Alfred V. “Noel” Ede, L. Allen Leeming.
Steve McGregor and Bob Bawden
Updated by Vince Conant
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