Cock, John DFC

John was born in Renmark, South Australia in 1918. He went to England in 1938 to take up a Sort Service Commission with the RAF. After receiving his wings he was posted to No. 87 Squadron, which was sent to France as a part of the Advanced Air Strike Force. After the start of hostillities, he scored five confimed victories. Back … Read More

Cundy, William Ronald, DFC and DFM

Ron, as he was known by his friends, first felt a spark of determination to become a pilot after viewing the landing of an aircraft with two pilots at Moonan Flat, sixty kilometers North East of Scone, when he was just six years old. At eighteen years of age, he attempted to persuade his parents to join the RAAF. It … Read More

Cunningham, Robert “Bob” Leopold

Bob was born at Manly, New South Wales on the 12th May 1920. He enrolled in the RAAF Reserve in May 1940 when he was still residing with his parents at Chatswood. He received his call-up to enlist with the permanent RAAF on the 16th September 1940 when he was working as a salesman in the city. Prior to joining … Read More

Collett, Doug

Doug was born on the 25th June 1920 in South Perth in Western Australia. On the 23rd July 1940, at 20 years of age, he enlisted in the RAAF, initially training as a pay clerk, and was sent to Mt Gambier as Paymaster Sergeant in January 1941. Keen for flight duty, he applied to transfer to air crew, which he … Read More

Colyer, Keith “Blue”

Keith was born in 1922 and educated at Knox College, Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 4th March 1941. Following Initial Training at Bradfield Park, NSW, he was posted to No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School at Narrandera. That was followed by Service Flying Training on Harvards at Camp Borden in Ontario, Canada, which he … Read More

Cuthbert, Ian

Ian was born on the 4th November 1918 in Fullarton, South Australia.  After initial training, he was posted from No.1 OTU. He became a flight instructor and was posted to No 4 PD. Ian was discharged in October 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant at No.5 Service Flying Training School, Uranquinty.  The Spitfire Association

Dale, John Francis

John was born on the 22nd March 1919 at Strathfield, New South Wales. He enlisted on the 15th July 1941. After training, he found himself in 457 Squadron and was eventually discharged on the 24th October 1945 from Air Defence HQ. The photo is of 457 Squadron with all from left to right.On left wing:  John T. “Dinga” Bell, Bob Bawden, … Read More

Caulton, John Jeremy

John is a friend of The Spitfire Association. John was born in Hastings, New Zealand on the 24th September 1920. He was shot down while over Holland in Aopril 1944. The following story, “Conflict, Hardship and Friendship” was published in the RNZAF News after the war. (Web Master: The text appears to be a transcript of an interview, so the interviewer’s questions have … Read More

Chaffey, Robert “Bob” Hugh

Bob was born on the 16th February 1902 in Mildura, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 13th July 1942 and served with the famous Number 79 Squadron, RAAF Spitfires. He was discharged on the 26th September 1944. After training, he eventually found himself stationed at Goodenough Island. He flew on a number of missions flew over Kiriwina Island … Read More

Clemesha, Robert Gerald

Robert, who was also known as “Clem” or “Bob” to his friends was born the 15th January 1921 in Waverley, New South Wales. He served with 453 Squadron in the UK and France, and was the Flight Commander of “A” Flight, where he received the DFC for service. Clem lived in Vaucluse after the war and he died suddenly on … Read More