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

Ede, Alfred Vincent

Alf was born on the 17th September 1917 at Innisfail in Queensland. He enlisted on the 2nd March 1941 and flew Spitfires with various RAF Squadrons, as well as with 457 Squadron RAAF. While with the RAF, Alf spent some time in Scotland. From the 9th April 1943 until 17th April 1943, he was attached to RNAS (Royal Navy Air … Read More

Edy, Allen “Jake” Laird, DFC

Allan, or Jake as he was known to his friends, was born in 1916 in Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. He left Winnipeg for England in June 1936 to join the RAF, and on the 14th January 1939, he received a Short Service Commission.  In the Spring of 1940, he became a pilot of 613 Squadron (City of Manchester) Auxiliary Airforce during the … Read More

Felmingham, Roy “Foxy”

Roy was born on the 18th June 1920 in Maryborough, Queensland. He enlisted on the 4th July 1940 with a group of men who had all volunteered in answer to a call from RAAF headquarters to go to the UK. They were all destined to be part of two squadrons, 452 and 457, and Roy was to be in the latter. … Read More

Ferguson, Ronald Irvine

Ron was born in North Sydney, New South Wales on the 29th September 1917 and enlisted in the RAAF on the 16th September 1940. After training, he was posted to 275 Air Sea Rescue Squadron RAF until March 1942. Looking at his flying reports, he flew the Lysander Mk. 111 and the Supermarine Walrus with the Squadron on air-sea rescue duties … Read More

Friend, William

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, was born on the 6th April 1918 in Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 6th January 1941. Following initial training, he was posted in January 1942 from 53 Operational Training Unit (OTU) at RAF Heston in the UK, where he learnt to fly Spitfires. After two … 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

Gould, Arthur John “Nat”

Arthur, or Nat (or Natski after he served for a time in Russia) as some of his mates called him, was born on the 5th May 1920 in Roma, Queensland, and he enlisted on the 29th April 1940 in Brisbane. Nat has had a most extraordinary career and has flown 34 types of aircraft; single engine, twin engine, helicopters, propeller … Read More

Halse, William Jack

William, who was probably known as Jack, was born in Ballarat, Victoria on the 1st June 1919, and enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 2nd February 1942. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Jack, except that he was posted from 152 Squadron (Spitfires) and joined 457 Squadron (Spitfires) RAAF. The photo is of some of the aircrew in … Read More

Harrison, John Joseph

John was born on the 15th January 1922 at Brighton in Victoria, and he enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 21st July 1940. Referring to a photograph of his “Extracts from Flying Log Book” we can see that John did some of his training in Australia and was at No.2 ED (Embarkation Depot) at Bradfield Park (now Lindfield) … Read More