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1939-1945

 

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Abraham,
Walter Victor
"Wally"
B. Abraham
Son of Maj. Bennie Abraham, Australian Army, and Ilse Therese Johanna Marie ...
Married Felicity ...; one son, one daughter.

service record

03.11.1923
Kobe, Japan
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20.08.2006
Cairns, Queensland
P/O ? [Aus.74141]
F/O ? (reld 21.08.1946)
Education: Dulwich College (1937-1939).
16.11.1942     enlisted, RAAF (Sydney, NSW)
10.05.1945     repatriated from Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, CD (USA)
? - 21.08.1946 Air Force Headquarters
Architect and town planner. BArch, DipTCP, ARAIA, FAPI.
       

 
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Browne,
Colin Linton
C.L. Browne (Photo courtesy of Mrs Mandy Marginson)
Brother of Lt.Cdr. Stewart Linton Browne, RANVR.
Married (1959, Sydney, NSW) Esther Shirley Hart.
29.07.1911
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1980s ?
F/Lt. ? [Aus.296971] (reld 01.07.1947)
? - ? ?
Buckham,
Bruce Alexander
B.A. Buckham B.A. Buckham

26.10.1918
Goulburn, NSW
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06.08.2011
Indooroopilly
P/O (prob) 19.11.1942 [Aus.420437]
F/O 19.05.1943
F/Lt. 19.11.1944 (reld 27.07.1945)
Distinguished Service Order DSO 23.03.1945
12.04.1945
photographic sorties including three on the battleship Tirpitz [investiture by the Governor-General at Government House Sydney 09.08.46]
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 14.11.1944
23.11.1944
determined and courageous pilot on sorties against major targets [investiture by the Governor-General at Government House Sydney 09.08.46] *
* Throughout his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Buckham has shown himself a most determined and courageous pilot and captain of aircraft. He has completed sorties on many major targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory and despite technical and weather difficulties has never failed to reach his objective. On one occasion during a mission to Berlin he was 35 minutes late in reaching the target owing to delay for which he was not responsible. Crossing the enemy defences alone he completed a determined and successful attack. This officer's fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.
08.11.1941     enlisted
... - ... ...
18.03.1944 - 18.02.1945 463 RAAF Squadron (from 12.09.1944 for special duty)
19.02.1945 - 22.05.1945 11 Personnel Reception and Despatch Centre
23.05.1945 - 27.07.1945 2 Packing Depot
       

 
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Delacour,
Herbert Samuel
H.S. Delacour (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Clayton)
Son of John Herbert Delacour (1891-1948), and Mary Elizabeth Wherry (1901-1993), of Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia.

27.07.1923
Charters Towers, Queensland
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13.06.1944
(KIA) [age 20]
[Bathmen General Cemetery, Overijssel, the Netherlands, collective grave 173-176]
P/O ? [Aus.425136]
?     commissioned, RAAF
? - 13.06.1944 pilot, 514 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster LL678 (J1-L2) was airborne 23:12 hrs 12.06.1944 from Waterbeach for an operation against Gelsenkirchen. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt, 11. Staffel/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1). Crashed 0124 13Jun44 at Zuid Loo (Overjssel), a small hamlet 3 km SE of Bathmen. Three of the crew evaded, the other five were killed.]
       

 
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Goold,
Wilfred Arthur
"Wilf"
W.A. Goold W.A. Goold

service record

02.02.1919
Hamilton, NSW
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P/O
27.11.1942 [Aus.403135]
F/O
27.05.1943
F/Lt.
27.11.1944 (reld 14.09.1945)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
15.09.1944
21.09.1944
?

17.12.1941
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?
607 Squadron RAF
       

 
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Lenthall,
Frederick Arundel
F.A. Lenthall
Son of Richard Henry Lenthall (1847-1895), and Sarah Anne Riddle.
Married (1918, Newtown, NSW) Kathleen E. Sadler; ... children (son Lt. Edmund Terry Lenthall, RANR)
02.12.1891
Leichardt, NSW
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1972
St Leonards, NSW
P/O ? [Aus.6306]
? - 03.09.1945 29 Squadron RAF
       

 
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McPhie,
Keith Cumming
K.C. McPhie
Son of John Gentle McPhie and Mary Jessie McPhie, of Roma, Queensland, Australia.
Married (05.01.1944) Helen McPhie (remarried Ballinger).
personnel file
casualty file
26.11.1916
Roma, Qld.
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29.01.1944

(KIA) [age 27]
[Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany, collective grave 2.H.16-19]
AC2
17.08.1941 [Aus.414267]
LAC
08.11.1941
(T) Sgt.
28.05.1942
(T) F/Sgt.
26.11.1942
P/O
04.08.1943
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
01.06.1945
14.06.1945
attacks Germany * [award posthumously presented by HM the King at Edinburgh to next-of-kin on 26.09.45]
1939-1943 Star [later: 1939-1945 Star] 39|43 St
1943
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* Pilot Officer McPhie has taken part in many successful attacks against strongly defended targets in Germany. On one occasion during an operation over Berlin his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter, and in the ensuing engagement this officers' skilful airmanship was responsible for bringing his own aircraft through unscathed. At all times he has set a fine example of efficiency, courage and determination.
Station hand on father's farm at Kingull, nr Roma, Qld.
06.1941
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08.1941
served as Trooper with the 11th Light Horse
17.08.1941
 
 
enlisted at No. 3 Recruiting Centre RAAF (Brisbane, Qld.)
17.08.1941
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12.11.1941
No. 3 Initial Training School RAAF (Sandgate) (No. 19 Pilots' Course from 15.09.1941-10.11.1941) [rated as aircrew from 08.10.1941 onwards]
13.11.1941
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07.02.1941
No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School RAAF (Archerfield)
08.02.1941
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05.04.1942
No. 3 Service Flying Training School RAAF (Amberley)
06.04.1942
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10.06.1942
No. 6 Service Flying Training School RAAF (Mallala) [rated as (acting) pilot from 28.05.1942 onwards [flying badge 30.04.1942]]
11.06.1942
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14.06.1942
No. 3 Embarkation Depot RAAF (Sandgate)
15.06.1942
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17.11.1942
No. 2 Embarkation Depot RAAF (Bradfield Park, NSW) [embarked Sydney for service overseas 24.08.1942, arriving in London, UK 18.11.1942]
18.11.1942
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18.01.1943
RAF Station Bournemouth
19.01.1943
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19.04.1943
No. 3 (Pilots') Advanced Flying Unit RAF (South Cerney)
20.04.1943
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13.07.1943
No. 14 Operational Training Unit RAF (Cottesmore)
14.07.1943
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11.09.1943
No. 1654 Conversion Unit RAF
04.08.1943
 
 
commissioned, RAAF (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.09.1943
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29.01.1944
57 Squadron RAF (East Kirkby)
[taken off at East Kirkby at 23.42 hrs 28.01.1944 in Lancaster III [JB311 DX-B] for an operation against Berlin, where the aircraft was lost]
Mellor,
Lyndon Stanley
"Lyn"
L.S. Mellor(Photo courtesy of Mr Kimberly J. Lindsay) L.S. Mellor
L.S. Mellor(Photo courtesy of Mr Kimberly J. Lindsay) L.S. Mellor(Photo courtesy of Mr Kimberly J. Lindsay)
Married Vera Carter; three sons, one daughter.

09.01.1917
Westmere, Victoria
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06.1984
Victoria
Acm. 2 03.01.1941 [Aus. 401134]
Ldg.Acm. 01.03.1941
P/O (prob) 15.10.1941
(WS) F/O 15.04.1942
(T) F/Lt. 15.10.1943
(T) Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1945 (reld 06.06.1945; own request)
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 02.01.1945
11.01.1945
photographic reconnaissance * [decoration posted]
* Flight Lieutenant Mellor has completed his tour of photographic reconnaissance duties. He has always managed to complete his missions successfully, frequently in the face of enemy opposition and adverse weather and has obtained much valuable information and fine photographs. For a period this officer commanded a detachment fulfilling duties as flight commander in a most capable manner.
03.01.1941     enlisted RAAF (at No. 1 Recruiting Centre RAAF, Melbourne, Victoria)
03.01.1941     No. 1 Initial Training School RAAF (Somers)
05.04.1941     Station HQ (Pearce)
17.04.1941 - 05.05.1941 embarked Fremantle, disembarked East Africa
10.05.1941     Kumalo Air Station (Bulawayo, East Africa)
21.05.1941     No. 26 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Rhodesia)
22.08.1941     No. 22 Service Flying Training School RAF (Gwelo, Rhodesia)
21.10.1941     No. 25 Elementary Flying Training School (Rhodesia)
13.11.1941     No. 28 Elementary Flying Training School (Rhodesia)
16.07.1943     No. 1 Flying Training School (Middle East)
21.07.1943     HQ RAF, Middle East
27.01.1943     1 C&C Unit (Middle East)
22.08.1943     No. 1 Aircrew Reception Centre (Middle East)
25.08.1943     74 Operational Training Unit (Middle East)
10.1943     No. 22 Personnel Transit Camp (Middle East)
09.10.1943 - 10.1944 680 Squadron RAF (Middle East) (DFC)
10.10.1944     No. 21 Personnel Transit Camp (Middle East, embarked for UK 10.10.1944, disembarked 14.11.1944)
15.11.1944     No. 1 Personnel Dispatch and Reception Centre (UK)
24.01.1945     No. 11 Personnel Dispatch and Reception Centre (UK, embarked for Sydney 09.02.1945, disembarked 26.03.1945)
26.04.1945     No. 2 Personnel Depot
03.05.1945     No. 1 Personnel Depot
       

 
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Peake,
Leonard George
L.G. Peake
Son (with four brothers) of Archibald Thomas Lyle Peake (1887-1981), and Margaret Townsend (1885-1981).
Married (21.10.1944, Albury, Surrey) Sister Joan Hannah Ellen Botting, Princess Mary's RAF Nursing Service (1911-), daughter of Charles Arthur Botting (1881-1962), and Caroline Winifred Oliver (1882-1954); one son, one daughter.

30.12.1914
Penola, South Australia
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14.08.1990
Adelaide, South Australia
Aircraftman (Air Crew) V 23.06.1941 [Aus.416453]
Leading Aircraftman 16.08.1941
(T) Sgt. 02.04.1942
F/Sgt. (T) 02.10.1941
P/O 31.05.1943
F/O 30.11.1943
F/Lt. 31.05.1945 (reld 11.10.1945)
23.06.1941     enlisted RAAF
30.09.1942 - 08.1943 air gunner, 464 Squadron RAAF (Feltwell, Norfolk)
23.08.1943 - 03.1944 air gunner, 98 Squadron RAF (West Raynham, Norfolk)
05.1944 - 05.1944 training duties, Air Gunners School RAF (Castle Kennedy, Scotland)
05.1944 - 11.10.1945 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit RAF (Penrhos in North Wales) & 7 Operational Training Unit RAF
      completed an operational tour of 33 operations over occupied Europe
Peake,
William Shannon
W.S. Peake
Son (with one sister and one brother) of Edward John Peake (1890-1968), and Alison Vera Bartlett Shannon (1891-1974).
14.09.1917
Mount Gambier, South Australia
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17.05.1942
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
(believed to have fallen from a train) [age 24]
[Mitcham Cemetery, South Australia, section E, path 25, grave 528A]
P/O 21.07.1941 [Aus.416604]
Education: Prince Alfred College in Kent Town, South Australia.
21.07.1941     enlisted RAAF
1941 - 1942 2nd Aircraft Depot RAAF
       

 
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Scherf,
Charles Curnow
C.C. Scherf (Photo courtesy of Mr Howard Eastcott) C.C. Scherf
C.C. Scherf C.C. Scherf

17.05.1917
Emmaville, NSW
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13.07.1949
Emmaville, NSW
Sq.Ldr. ?
Distinguished Service Order DSO ? ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC ? ?

13.07.1943 - 03.1944 418 Squadron RCAF
Simes,
Keith Owen
K.O. Simes K.O. Simes (Photo courtesy of Mr Graeme Horne)
Son of John Johson Simes (Jr.) (1889-1949), and Edith Amelia Waller (1888-1929).
Married 1st Elsie Bezanson, daughter of Henry Bezanson, and Ethel Hiltz.
Married 2nd Betty Rock, daughter of William Francis Rock, and Sarah Hoggett; one son.

service record

11.05.1922
Tenterfield, NSW
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18.04.1962
Near River Yarra, Kew, Vict.
[Springvale Crematorium, Vict.]
P/O
? [Aus.420285]
F/O
?
F/Lt.
?
Distinguished Flying Cross DFC
14.09.1945
27.09.1945
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(12.1943)

23.06.1944 
36 Operational Training Unit RAF (Greenwood)
24.06.1944
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31.07.1944
13 Operational Training Unit RAF (Bicester)
01.08.1944
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13.08.1944
2 Geographically Separated Unit RAF (Swanton Morley)
14.08.1944
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1945
pilot, 464 (RAAF) Squadron (Thorney Island, from 15.02.1945 Rosieres-en-Santerres, France) (flying Mosquitos)
[for details see his observer F/Lt. Sidney Horne, RAFVR]
Salesman.

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