Gillies, Robert W

Robert was born on the 18th August 1925 in Chatswood, New South Wales, and enlisted just before his 18th birthday on the 14th August 1943 in Sydney. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Robert, except that he was posted from No.3 RPP for a second tour of operations and was discharged from No.5 Service Flying Training School on the 11th February … Read More

Hemley, Lindsay “Lin” Edward

Lindsay, or Lin as he was known to his friends, was born on the 13th April 1920 in Stawell, Victoria and he enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 2nd June 1940. In Lindsays own words:On completing my Fitter 2E course at Ascot Vale, Victoria, and I was posted to No.6 EFTS at Tamworth, NSW, where I met Peter … Read More

Harding, Ross “Junior” Norman

Ross, or Junior as he was known to his mates, was born on the 18th October 1923 in Sydney and he enlisted in the RAAF on the the 20th June 1942, also in Sydney. Ross died in a flying accident on the 21st November 1944, while he was with 145 Squadron when it was based in Fano. John “Johnny” Anthony Ulm, … Read More

Marsh, Geoffrey “Swampy” Treve

Geoffrey, or Swampy as he was known to his mates, was born on the 30th June 1925 in Tallangatta, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF at Melbourne on the 16th July 1943.  When he finished his training, he was initially posted to No.1 PD at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and after various other postings, he joined 457 Sqaudron (Spitfires) in September … Read More

McGlinchy, Robert “Snowy” Hunter

Robert, who was sometimes known as Snowy or Bob to his mates, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 24th July 1921. Bob was nineteen years old and residing in Leichhardt, Sydney when he enlisted at No. 2 Recruiting Centre on the 2nd June 1940. After basic training, Bob was selected to undertake a trade course in armament fitting. Around the time he qualified … Read More

McAuliffe, James “Jim” Stanley

James, who was known as Jim, was born on the 10th February 1919 in Hurstville, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 28th March 1942. Unfortuntely, we don’t know much about Jim. To add to the problem, there were two James McAuliffes in the RAAF during World War II, however we think we have the … Read More

McCarthy, Peter Frederick

We have hardly any information on Peter, except that we know that he was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) and ended up in 54 Squadron RAF flying Spitfires. He probabbly was posted directly to 54 squadron when he had completed his traing in the RAFVR. The RAFVR was formed in 1936 to provide individuals to supplement the … Read More

Moore, Eric Mervyn

Eric was born on the 14th March 1920 in Sydney, New South Wales, and he enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 6th January 1941. Joining so early in the War, Eric went though the Empire Air Training Scheme. He completed his initial training in Australia, and then embarked for Canada for further training before arriving in England where … Read More

Parberry, Marshall Edmund

Marshall, or Ed as he was known to his friends, was born on the 11th March 1919 in Bega, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 14th October 1940 and after training as a pilot, qualified for fighters.  Ed was posted to 457 Squadron in September 1941. At that stage of the War, 457 Squadron had … Read More

Morrison, John “Morrie” McAuley

John, or Jack or Morrie, as his mates knew him, was born on the 1st February 1918 in Lismore, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 16th September 1940. Like many others, jack was a product of the Empire Air Training Scheme. After completing his basic training in Australia, he embarked for Canada for more … Read More