Gamble, Keith Munro

Keith, who died on the 19th October 1998, aged 92, was born in Sydney on the 16th March 1916. He was one of three children of Clarence, an untrained worker, and his wife Margaret Currie. Keith had a sister, Aileen, and a brother, Clarrie, who was killed in World War II. Margaret’s poor health meant that the family moved to … Read More

Cowell, Gerald Joseph

Gerald was born on the 12th December 1918 at Willaura, Victoria. He enlisted on the 7th December 1940 and started with 123 Squadron RAF in the UK in January 1942 flying Supermarine Spitfires. When the Squadron was shipped to Egypt in April 1942, he was posted instead to 54 Squadron RAF, and then left with them for Australia in mid … Read More

Cullen, Norman James

Norm was born on the 23rd July 1916 in Capel, Western Australia and he enlisted in the RAAF on the 18th July 1940 in Perth, Western Australia. Norm completed a tour with 127 Squadron in North Africa and the Mediterranean between February 1942 and September 1943 before being repatriated back to Australia in January 1944. He joined 452 squadron for another tour … Read More

Voges, George Wilson

George was born on the 12th September 1922 in Carlton, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 31st January 1942 and eventually served with the famous 79 Squadron RAAF Spitfires.  At some stage after he completed his training, he was posted to 79 Squadron. Apart from that, we do not know much about George, however his fellow Pilot … Read More

Due, Richard “Dick” Lief

Richard, or Dick as he known by his mates, was born on the 13th March 1922 at Elsternwick, Victoria. He enlisted on the 21st June 1941 and flew Spitfires with 457 Squadron. Dick was discharged on the 24th January 1946 from No.1 Aircraft Depot. The photo is of 457 Squadron in 1944. From left to right:Top row: Ian C. “Geoff” Chandler, … Read More

Ede, Alfred Vincent

Alf was born on the 17th September 1917 at Innisfail in Queensland. He enlisted on the 2nd March 1941 and flew Spitfires with various RAF Squadrons, as well as with 457 Squadron RAAF. While with the RAF, Alf spent some time in Scotland. From the 9th April 1943 until 17th April 1943, he was attached to RNAS (Royal Navy Air … Read More

Edwards, Douglas Ralph

Doug was born on the 24th October 1916 in Jericho, near Longreach in Queensland. He enlisted on the 11th October 1940 in Brisbane and after training, flew with 457 Squadron.  Doug’s second tour of operations was with 79 Squadron from February 1945 until the end of the war. The photo is of some of the pilots with 79 Squadron. Doug … Read More

Evans, Davidson “Dave” Freeman

Dave, as he was known to his friends, was born in Brisbane on the 16th January 1918. He joined the RAAF in 1940 and began pilot training on No.3 course of the Empire Aviation Training Scheme. Dave received his “Wings” in Canada and finished training with an Operation Training Unit in England. A Group Captain, Victor Beamish, then allocated incoming … Read More

Fairbairn, David Eric, KBE, DFC

 Sir David Fairbairn was born on the 3rd March 1917 and he enlisted in the RAAF on the 3rd February 1941. He served in Britain with 4 Squadron RAF. During his time with the Squadron, he located the first V-1 flying bomb launching site and was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944 for operations over France. He then served with 79 … Read More

Ford, Ronald Clyde

Ronald was born on the 7th May 1919 in Ballina, New South Wales and he enlisted in the RAAF on the 9th December 1940 in Sydney. After training, he was posted from No.58 OTU to 457 Squadron, probably about the time the Squadron was formed at Baginton in England on the 16th June 1941. At that time, 457 Squadron was equipped with … Read More