Edmond was born on the 7th November 1924 in Dubbo, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 2nd January 1943 in Sydney.
Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Edmond except that he started in 36 Course at No.5 SFTS (Service Flying Training School) Uranquinty in New South Wales. In February 1944, he was posted to 452 Squadron where he flew Spitfires.
At that stage of the War, 452 Squadron was based at Strauss in the Northern Territory, protecting Darwin. On the 1st of July 1944, the Squadron moved to Sattler Airfield. By then, the protection of Darwin had been handed over to two Royal Air Force squadrons, allowing 452 Squadron to be employed in a ground attack role for the rest of the war. Initially, the Squadron operated against targets in the Dutch East Indies from Sattler Airfield, but on the 11th of December 1944 it joined the 1st Tactical Air Force and was relocated to Morotai in the Dutch East Indies, to support the Australian operations in Borneo (Kalimantan).
Edmond was posted missing on the 13th January 1945. An operational report states that … Led by Flying Officer Proctor, four aircraft took off at 15:35 hrs for an intruder patrol. A barge was seen and attacked, and Edmond, flying as No.2 to Warrent Officer Byrne, disappeared suddenly over Ternate Island while they were flying at 5,000 feet. Edmond’s radio transmitter was unserviceable at the time, so no one could learn what had happened. His Spitfire was soon found by Warrent Officer Byrne off-shore in the shallow water with the tail visible, but there was no sign of Edmond.
Edmond was later listed as a POW and was reported to have died on the 14th April 1945 in the Netherlands East Indies. Sadly, he was close to finishing his tour.
Edmond may have died without trace, but his spirit and the spirit of all those young men who gave their lives in similar circumstances, lives on. He is remembered at the Ambon War Cemetery in Indonesia.
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