Reginald, or Reg as he was known to his friends, was born on the 9th November 1918 at Leeton in new South Wales. He enlisted on the 6th January 1941 in Sydney.
At the end of March 1942, he joined 452 Squadron, which was then stationed at RAF Andreas on the Isle of Man. On the 8th May 1942, just after he had arrived, Reg was killed in an accident while flying in a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb over the Isle of Man. According to reports, he was practicing camera quarter attacks with Pilot Officer William Ford being the target. Unfortunately, by an error of judgment, he made a head-on attack and failed to break away. He collided and crashed on Farrant Ford Farm. Pilot Officer Ford was able to bale out and survived.
Reg is buried in Andreas (St Andrews) Churchyard at Ayre, Isle of Man. He is also remembered in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial, Panel 105.
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