Andrews, George “Bill” William

George, or Bill as he was known to his friends, was born the 25th May 1918. In 1941, with the war in Europe worsening, Bill joined the RAAF on the 11th November 1940. He then trained as a fighter pilot in Canada and when training was completed, he sailed to England and was posted to RAF 130 Squadron – Spitfires! … Read More

Fairbairn, David Eric, KBE, DFC

 Sir David Fairbairn was born on the 3rd March 1917 and he enlisted in the RAAF on the 3rd February 1941. He served in Britain with 4 Squadron RAF. During his time with the Squadron, he located the first V-1 flying bomb launching site and was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944 for operations over France. He then served with 79 … Read More

Grinlington, Dudley “Dud” Albert

Dudley, or Dud as he was known to his friends, was born in Armadale in Melbourne on the 10th April 1921. The early years of his childhood were spent around Hawthorn and Kew Victoria, where he attended the Peel Street School and was by all accounts an excellent scholar. After Peel Street, Dud gained early entry to Melbourne High School … Read More

Smithells, Norman Albert (aka Norman Albert Turnbull)

Norm was known under two surnames; Smithell and Turnbull. During the war, he changed his name to Turnbull, his step-father’s name, as the casualty rates had been climbing and he wanted to have that name in the records just in case anything happened to him.   He was born on the 15th September 1922 in Collingwood, Victoria and enlisted in … Read More