Bannock, Russ DSO, DFC

Russ was a Mosquito pilot with 112 Squadron Russ joined the RCAF in 1939 and was posted to 112 Squadron. He transferred to 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron RCAF in May 1944, equipped with the excellent Mosquito MkVI fighter-bomber and carried out many intruder missions, mostly against enemy airfields, especially in the period prior to D-Day. With the squadron, he helped … Read More

Andrews, Donald George DFC

Don once commented that he had a charmed life, and was always in the right place to get promoted or the best jobs. It was a modest statement in light of the times he had while combating the Luftwaffe in the skies over England and Europe. Don, a Queenslander, enlisted on the 8th November 1940 and soon found himself at … Read More

Compton, Lyndon Spencer AO OBE

Lyndon was born on the 20th August 1922 in Hawthorn, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 21st June 1941. Following initial training, he was posted overseas to 124 Squadron, before returning home to serve in 452 Squadron and then as Flight Commander of “A” Flight in 457 Squadron.  The following story is from Lyndon:  “Noting the interest the item … Read More

Creswell, Richard “Dick” DFC, MBE, DFC and AM (USA)

Richard, or Dick as he was known to his friends, was born on the 27th July 1920 in Launceston, Tasmania. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the RAAF on the 19th July 1938 in Potts Point in Sydney. An interesting insight into some of Dick’s life in the RAAF can be gleaned from the following … Read More

Gibbes, Robert Henry “Bobby” Maxwell, DSO, DFC and Bar

Bobby Gibbes was born on the 6th May 1916 in Young, New South Wales. He worked as a jackaroo and salesman before he enlisted in the RAAF as an Air Cadet on the 5th December 1940 in Mascot, again in New South Wales. It is well known that he exaggerated his height, which was below the minimum requirement, to gain … Read More

Inger, Frederick John

Frederick, or Fred as he was known to his friends, was born on the 3rd December 1918 in Bondi, NSW. When he was 21, he enlisted in the RAAF on the 31st January 1940 at Beecroft in NSW and was posted to Laverton in Victoria.  On the 19th June 1945, Fred was with 457 Squadron when it was redeployed to … Read More

Partridge , Brian, QC

Brian was born on the 9th October 1922 and enlisted in the RAF in 1941. Little did he realise that his flying career would be so long, finishing in 1975, over 30 years from when he began. During the course of his flying days, he was fortunate enough to receive his QC, which is the Queens Commendation for valuable services in the … Read More

Tindal, Archibald Robert “Archie”

Archibald, or Archie as he was known to his friends, was born the 18th January 1916 in Eversly, England. Archie followed in the family tradition and wanted to be in the Defence Services. (His father, Archibald Arthur, had responded to newspaper advertisements for English Army Reservists living in New South Wales to join the Expeditionary Force to Europe and the family … Read More

Bungey, Robert Wilton DFC

Bob was born the 4th October 1914 in Somerton, Victoria, to Ernest and Ada Blanch Bungey of Fullarton. He was educated at Glenelg Primary School and Adelaide High School. After he left school, he went to work at the Ajax Insurance Company, as an insurance clerk. In 1936, he enlisted in the RAAF and went to Point Cook to train as … Read More