Known to his mates in 457 Squadron as Buck or Ted, Edward was born in Glebe, in Sydney, New South Wales on the 14th November 1920. He joined the RAAF in Sydney Air Force on the 17th September 1940 and ended up with the Blue Draft.
Unfortunately, we do not know much about Buck, except that he was with the Blue Draft, which we think meant that he was shipped off to England via Canada soon after he enlisted. Then, when he returned to Australia, he was with 457 Squadron in the Northern Territory as a Fitter. There he was known as the quintessential larrikin, making and selling cigarette lighters and, of course, running the still in his spare time. The photo is of the Blue Draft, or part of it at least, on board a ship headed for Canada.
Buck was discharged from No.7 Operational training Unit (OTU) on the 1st June 1948.
After the War, Buck continued as a fitter and turner at Borg Warner where he moved up the ladder to become a purchasing officer. He then moved to Pioneer Concrete and finished his career with Thiess Bros as the Supply Manager. During his time at Thiess, he and a fellow employee invented a new form of rock ripper, which saved the building industry millions of dollars.
He also became an avid model railway enthusiast, a hobby he shared with his grandson.
Buck and his wife Joan took a tour of England with his daughter and son-in-law. They toured all the airfields at which Buck had been stationed during the War.
Unfortunately Buck lost his eyesight in 1992. In no way did this stop the unstoppable Buck; he taught himself to use the computer. He won a Community Service award in 2002 for his assistance in obtaining DVA pensions for fellow veterans.
Edward Arthur Jones died in Sylvania, NSW, on the 29th November 2005, aged 85. He will be missed by his family and friends. He was a great character.
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