Skinner, Leslie James

Leslie, or Les as he was known to his friends, was born on the18th May 1924 at Maffra, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 3rd December 1943 and after finishing his pilot training, he served in 457 Squadron, Spitfires from May to November 1945. At that stage of the War, 457 Squadron had just moved to Morotai … Read More

Sheridan, John “Jack” Francis

This is the World War II biography of John Francis Sheridan, known to many as Jack Sheridan. It was written by his daughter, Margaret Kehl. Jack Sheridan was my father. I am aware that my memories are of my “best Dad” who could seem to be many things – among them – humorous / serious, self-sufficient / gregarious, self-effacing / … Read More

Tie, Andrew “Bow” Christian

(Web Master: We know Bow as Andrew, however, he is listed as Anthony in the World War Two Nominal Roll. He is also shown as being born in Bendigo.) Andrew or Anthony, or Bow as he was known to his mates in the RAAF, was born on the 24th September 1909 in Sebastopal, near Ballarat, Victoria. Bow, a fitter11E, was … Read More

Stevenson, Edmond Macleod

Edmond was born on the 7th November 1924 in Dubbo, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 2nd January 1943 in Sydney. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Edmond except that he started in 36 Course at No.5 SFTS (Service Flying Training School) Uranquinty in New South Wales. In February 1944, he was posted to 452 Squadron … Read More

Stewardson, John “Jack” Francis

John, or Jack as he was known to his mates, was born on the 7th April 1922 at Wamberal, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 13th May 1940 and volunteered for RAF infiltration Scheme in March 1941 from CFS (Central Flying School) Camden. After completing his training, he was shipped out to England and became … Read More

Thorpe, William “Fog” Lawrence

William, or Fog as he was known to his mates in the RAF, was born on the 4th April 1921 in Sydney. He was also called “Bull” by his family as, apparently, one of the children had trouble pronouncing Bill. He was actually born in 1923, but Bull put his age up two years so he could enlist. Consequently, when he … Read More

Burtonshaw, Paul “Bill” William

Paul, who was known to hios mates as Bill, was born on the 10th May 1902 in Shropshire, England. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 8th August 1940. A story that he was always pleased to recount was a failed attempt to have some rest and relaxation. At the time, Bill was the Sergeant-in-Charge of the Instrument Section of … Read More

Blacklock, Alfred H

Alfred was born in Queensland and was with 457 Squadron from September 1944 to July 1945. Phil ListemannThe Spitfire association

Bloomfield, David Ianson

David was born on the 4th January 1917 in Summer Hill, NSW. He enlisted on the 14th October 1940. After training, he was flying Spitfires with the 457 Squadron. Dave was shot down and killed by enemy fighters over the English Channel near Calais on the 28th March 1942. The photo is of 457 Squadron aircraft over the English Channel in … Read More

Bolton, Ronald H

Unfortunately, the Spitfire Association has no information on Ronald except that he was posted out at the end of his tour. Phil Listermanthe Spitfire Association