Adams, Dudley

Pilot Officer 457 Squadron Number 418043 Born July 21st, 1922 in Sydney New South Wales. One of the pilots to be on duty when Squadron wound up. Posted from No 85 Squadron RAAF in which he was serving since June 1944, as an NCO. Native of New South Wales. In 457 Squadron from April 1945 to November 1945. Discharged March … Read More

Bassan, Trevor William

Trevor flew Lockheed Hudsons with 2 Squadron. Trevor was born on the 1st September 1918 at Casino in NSW. He enlisted on the 21st June 1941 and was killed in an accident on the 20th April 1943. The following is an edited version of the Accident report: Accident 1920 Zulu (0610 hrs) 20th April 1943. (Web Master: One of the times must … Read More

Beckwith, Allen C.

Allen was born on the 25th April 1923 at Clunes in Victoria. He was posted from No 1 OTU. He was posted to No 1 PD in July 1944 at the end of his tour. The 457 Squadron photo was taken in 1944. From left to right:Top row: Ian C. “Geoff” Chandler, Gilbert G. “Harpo” Marks, Christopher V. “Vince” Madigan, … Read More

Chrystal, William J.H.

William was born on the 13th October 1920 in Wellington in New South Wales. William’s first tour of operations was in the UK with 79 Squadron in January 1942. He was then posted to 245 Squadron between February 1942 and December 1943. Later on, he was posted from No. 2 Officers Training Unit (OTU) for a second tour of operations … Read More

Cowan, Raife J

Raife was born in Queensland. He enlisted with the RAAF and was posted at various times to 452, 457 and 57 Squadrons, as well as serving time in Home Defence. Finally, he was posted to 87 Squadron in August 1945 for another tour. While he was with 452 Squadron in Europe in 1942, he had one confirmed victory. The Spitfire Association

Finlay, David “Dave” William

David was born in Bowral, New South Wales on the 14th March 1924. He enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 15th May 1942, just after his 18th birthday. Nothing is known about Dave’s early years in the RAAF, however he was posted from No.8 OTU and joined 457 Squadron in Morotai in northern Indonesia in April 1945. After … Read More

Gould, John G

John was born on the 18th June 1916 in Maryborough, Queensland. He enlisted in Brisbane on the 11th October 1940. After initial training, he was posted from No.61 Operational Training Unit to 275 Squadron RAF in October 1941. John was a founding member of 275 Squadron, which was formed at RAF Valley at that time to carry out ASR (Air … Read More

Layzell, Frederick William Samuel

Frederick, known as Fred to his mates, was born on the 14th June 1923 in Boolaroo in New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 5th December 1942, and immediately began his flying training at No.2 ITS. You can follow Fred’s progress in the RAAF by referring to the document to the right, however he was at … Read More

Kirk, Edward “Ted Gladstone Gilchrist

Edward, or Ted as he was known to his friends, was born on the 6th February 1924 in Gayndah, Queensland. He was accepted into the ranks of the RAAF on the 31st July 1942 when he enlisted in Brisbane. He embarked for England, and served with the RAF and 451 Squadron RAAF in the UK and the Middle East, flying … Read More

McDowell, Frederick Richard John “Darky”

Fred, or Darky as he was known to his mates, was born on the 4th February 1917 in Waverley, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 9th December 1940. Darky completed his initial training in Australia and then embarked for England via Canada. After further training at No.61 Operational Training Unit (OTU) he was posted … Read More