Andrews, Dormer

Dormer was born of Queensland. He was posted from No 61 OTU to the Middle East in January 1942 and served in No 127 Squadron from May 1942. He was severely wounded in action and made PoW by the Italians on the 3rd November 1942. He was liberated and returned to Egypt in April 1943, and sent home to Australia in June … Read More

Batchelor, Arthur Evan

Arthur was born on the 19th September 1917 in Sydney, New South Wales. After training, he was posted from No 5 reserve Pool and served with No 242 Squadron in July and August 1942, flying Spitfires in the North African campaign. He was then repatriated to Australia. Arthur was posted out at the end of his tour for a second tour … Read More

Chapman, Christopher Geoffrey Blomfield

Christopher was born on the 27th January 1913 at Uralla, New South Wales. He enlisted on the 21st June 1940 in Brisbane, Quensland and left Syney on the 31st October 1940 for England via Canada. He arrived there on the 5th March 1941, and was eventually flying Spitfire P7590 for 452 Squadron. Christopher failed to return from an operation on … Read More

Cogan, Peter Denis

Peter was born in New South Wales.  He was posted from No 8 OTU and became a member of 457 Squadron from May 1945 to September 1945. He was then posted to 77 Squadron and remained there in the RAAF until 1947. Phil ListemannThe Spitfire Association

Creswell, Alexander N.

Alexander was born in Victoria. He was posted from No.53 OTU to No.2 CFS in December 1941. Then he was a flight instructor for a while, and later had a second tour of operations on the Martin 187 Baltimore, a twin engined light attack bomber, with 500 Squadron RAF in 1944. The photo is of a Martin Baltimore.  He was then posted … Read More

Clinch, Arthur H

Arthur was born in New South Wales. He was posted from No. 58 OTU to No. 5 PDC to serve overseas. He was with 450 Squadron from August to September 1942, and then with 33 Squadron from December 1942 to May 1944. Arthur became a POW on the 29th May 1944 until the end of the war. Phil ListemannThe Spitfire Association

Emery, John Marsh

John was born on the 8th March 1914 at North Adelaide, South Australia. He enlisted on the 22nd June 1940 also at Adelaide. Before his enlistment he was employed by the BHP at Whyalla. In November 1939, he took up flying with the Spencer Gulf Aero Club  at Whyalla and in December of the same year gained his A licence. … Read More

Gazzard, Richard “Dick” George

Richard was born on the 17th August 1920 at Croydon in New South Wales and he enlisted on the 27th May 1940 at Sydney. He was a fresh graduate out of training when he joined 452 Squadron at RAF Station Kirton-in-Lindsey in April, 1941. At the time, he was amongst the first pilots to join the Squadron, which was the first … Read More

Geissmann, Bernard Malcolm

Bernard was born on the 14th December 1921 in Brisbane Queenland, and he enlisted on the 16th August 1940, also in Brisbane. He served with 457 Squadron RAF at Jurby on the Isle of Man between June and September 1941. 457 Squadron had just been formed at Baginton, near Coventry, in England on the 16th June 1941 so Bernard was probaly … Read More