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

Barrien, John

John was born in Adelaide on the 5th April 1919. He completed his Secondary education with a science scholarship in 1935, and was immediately employed by the Adelaide Electric Supply Co as a cadet and commenced an electrical engineering degree at Adelaide University. A year away from completing his degree, he enlisted on the 4th January 1941. Three months initial … Read More

Cowpe, Frederick “Fred” Foster, DFC, Legion of Honour

Fred was born on the 18th September 1919 in Parramatta, New South Wales. Fred, a long term RSL member, is a modest man, but history will record that as a fighter pilot for the RAAF in World War 11, he received two medals for conspicuous bravery, The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Honour.  He enlisted on the 19th … Read More

Carmichael, John Damien “Hogy”

John, or Hogy as he was known to his friends, was born on the 11th July 1923 in Brisbane, Queensland. He enlisted on the 7th December 1941 and was discharged on the 13th November 1945. Hogy passed away in 2010. On the 21st February 1944, Hogy’s plane was shot down over Holland and he was hidden by members of the … Read More

Currie, Ross

Ross, who was born at Inverell in New South Wales, enlisted in the RAAF on the 16th August 1941. He received all of his pilot training in New South Wales, and on completion, he was posted to the UK where he encountered Spitfires for the first time at No.57 OTU Hawarden. Next came a short posting to Gibraltar, before joining … Read More

Clemesha, Robert Gerald

Robert, who was also known as “Clem” or “Bob” to his friends was born the 15th January 1921 in Waverley, New South Wales. He served with 453 Squadron in the UK and France, and was the Flight Commander of “A” Flight, where he received the DFC for service. Clem lived in Vaucluse after the war and he died suddenly on … Read More

Ewins, Russell Herbert Sydney

Russell, or Russ as he was known to his friends, was born on the 18th March 1917 in Ballarat, Victoria. Before the War, he trained as a mining engineer at the Ballarat School of Mines and was working at Mt Isa when he enlisted in the RAAF in 1941. He trained as a pilot in Canada under the Empire Air Training … Read More

Ford, Ronald Clyde

Ronald was born on the 7th May 1919 in Ballina, New South Wales and he enlisted in the RAAF on the 9th December 1940 in Sydney. After training, he was posted from No.58 OTU to 457 Squadron, probably about the time the Squadron was formed at Baginton in England on the 16th June 1941. At that time, 457 Squadron was equipped with … Read More

Greaves, James Henry

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, was born on the 13th August 1919 in New Lambton, New South Wales, and he enlisted on the 11th November 1940. His first tour was in England with 247 Squadron RAF, which he joined on the 21st October 1941. Shortly afterwards, in December, the Squadron was supplied with Hurricanes and Jim … Read More

Kenyon, Robert James

Robert was born on the 29th November 1921 at Toowoomba in Queensland, and he enlisted in the RAAF in Brisbane on the 6th December 1940. As can be seen by the following, Robert was extremely busy during the War and even for a while after it ended. After his initial training in Australia, he embarked for England and was eventually … Read More