Austin, John Sanger, DFC and MID

John was a pilot flying Hudsons with 2 and 13 Squadrons of the RAAF He was born on the 15th May 1918 in Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School, and at the time of enlisting in the RAAF on the 18th August 1940 he was in the stock department of Dennys, Lascelles Ltd, Geelong. John was Mentioned in … Read More

Andrews, George “Bill” William

George, or Bill as he was known to his friends, was born the 25th May 1918. In 1941, with the war in Europe worsening, Bill joined the RAAF on the 11th November 1940. He then trained as a fighter pilot in Canada and when training was completed, he sailed to England and was posted to RAF 130 Squadron – Spitfires! … Read More

Alford, Wally

Wally was born in Sydney on the 25th March 1911. He enlisted on the 8th January 1940 and served in Darwin with the 457 Squadron as Adjutant with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He was discharged on the 24th November 1944.  

Basey, Willoughby “Bill”

Bill was born on the 19th April 1916 at Brighton in South Australia. He enlisted in Adelaide and became known as Bill to some and as “Count” Basey to others. Bill trained at Mt. Bracken and Point Cook and went to Parafield EFTS and then to Western Junction. He then went to England and was on the “Mariposa,” which departed Sydney on … Read More

Anderson, George Alexander

Flight Lieutenant George Anderson was a Lockheed Ventura pilot with 13 Squadron. The photo, courtesy of Robert Boyd, is of Lockheed Ventura A59-89 “V.”  George was born on the 23rd April 1918  at Macleay River, Tasmania.  He enlisted on the 20th May 1940. George was part of the crew of Lockheed Ventura A59-84 of 13 Squadron RAAF which crashed about 800 … Read More

Bassett, Kenneth “Kenny” Dudley

Kenneth was born on the 16th of July 1916 in Roma, Queensland. In September 1940, he joined the RAAF and commenced training as a pilot at Narrandra, NSW. In 1941, he left for further training in Ottawa, Canada, and was then posted to England in the same year. After Kenny arrived in England, he was posted to Heston, South London, … Read More

Bawden , Bob

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 … Read More

Barrien, John

John was born in Adelaide on the 5th April 1919. He completed his Secondary education with a science scholarship in 1935, and was immediately employed by the Adelaide Electric Supply Co as a cadet and commenced an electrical engineering degree at Adelaide University. A year away from completing his degree, he enlisted on the 4th January 1941. Three months initial … Read More

Downes, David Frederick Kirk

David was born on the 5th June 1919 in Camden in New South Wales and he died in October 2009. This is David’s story as told by Wing Commander Ron Elliott (Retd), a members of the Spitfire Association: I had arrived in Henry Kendall “Bellbird” country near Gosford to meet with David Downes, a former Spitfire pilot with 452 and … Read More

Chisholm, Keith Bruce, MC and DFM

Keith was born on the 22nd December 1918 in Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the the 24th June 1940. In May, 1941, Keith was one of the original pilots to form 452 Squadron with Truscott, Thorold-Smith and “Paddy” Finucane. He flew as Paddy’s No. 2. As recorded in the London Gazette on the … Read More