Bassett, Kenneth “Kenny” Dudley

Kenneth was born on the 16th of July 1916 in Roma, Queensland. In September 1940, he joined the RAAF and commenced training as a pilot at Narrandra, NSW. In 1941, he left for further training in Ottawa, Canada, and was then posted to England in the same year. After Kenny arrived in England, he was posted to Heston, South London, … 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

Downes, David Frederick Kirk

David was born on the 5th June 1919 in Camden in New South Wales and he died in October 2009. This is David’s story as told by Wing Commander Ron Elliott (Retd), a members of the Spitfire Association: I had arrived in Henry Kendall “Bellbird” country near Gosford to meet with David Downes, a former Spitfire pilot with 452 and … Read More

Beaton, Malcolm John “Junior”

Malcolm was born on the 5th March 1924 at Naracoorte, South Australia. He enlisted on the 18th July 1942  While in Darwin with 452 Squadron, Junior was Mentioned in Dispatches. Junior was discharged on the 25th July 1945, and died on the 22nd September 1995.   Bruce Read and Paul CarterThe Spitfire Association  

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

Chisholm, Keith Bruce, MC and DFM

Keith was born on the 22nd December 1918 in Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the the 24th June 1940. In May, 1941, Keith was one of the original pilots to form 452 Squadron with Truscott, Thorold-Smith and “Paddy” Finucane. He flew as Paddy’s No. 2. As recorded in the London Gazette on the … Read More

Colyer, Keith “Blue”

Keith was born in 1922 and educated at Knox College, Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 4th March 1941. Following Initial Training at Bradfield Park, NSW, he was posted to No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School at Narrandera. That was followed by Service Flying Training on Harvards at Camp Borden in Ontario, Canada, which he … 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

Cran-Crombie, James

Web Master: James is shown in RAAF records as James Cran Crombie, which was his birth name. However, he changed his surname to Cran-Crombie after visiting his relatives in Scotland during the War. His paternal grandmother was a Cran. It was after meeting members of his family in Scotland that he decided to combine his middle name and surname, thus becoming known … 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