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Crew 15, Pilot Peter Hamilton Finley – 462 Squadron RAAF

Crew 15 of 462 Squadron, Pilot Peter Hamilton Finley, previously 466 Squadron.
From the 466-462 Squadrons Association, Sydney

W/OP Robert Thomas CRAIG may also be seen in one photo of the Jackson Crew, as he also flew with that crew at 466 Squadron.
There were substitutions for some members of the Finley crew on several Ops at 462 Squadron.

 

Crew 15, 462 Squadron, Driffield, Yorkshire, outside the Respirator Workshop, the usual location for Crew photos.

This crew had been posted TO 462 Squadron Driffield, FROM 466 Squadron, Driffield in August 1944. This photo was also published in "Brave and True" page 136, with the following caption (as Crew 128 of 466 Squadron) ......

Back, left to right: W/O R T Craig, W/O R H Gee, F/Sgt M J Coleman, F/Sgt R J Constable;
Front, left to right: P/O R J Evans, F/Lt P H Finley (captain), F/O K J Brown.

On posting to 462 Squadron, the crew was made up as follows .....
Pilot: Peter Hamilton FINLEY
Bomb Aimer: Roger John EVANS
Navigator: Kenneth John BROWN
Wireless Operator: Robert Thomson CRAIG
Mid-Upper Gunner: Mervyn John COLEMAN
Rear Gunner: Richard Henry GEE
Flight Engineer: R J CONSTABLE

 

To be added - additional Crew information; Ops at 466 squadron; Crew Ops at 462 Squadron; details of DFC for Finley, and Evans.
Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (462 Squadron Operational Record Book); Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Books "Brave and True" and "To See The Dawn Again".

 

Peter Hamilton Finley 412294 RAAF, later Pilot of Crew 15 at 462 Squadron.Peter Hamilton Finley 412294 RAAF, later Pilot of Crew 15 at 462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham.
Photos from the National Archives of Australia: A9300, 412294

 

Pilot

Name: Peter Hamilton FINLEY
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 412294
Date of Birth: 06 December 1919
Place of Birth: Temora, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 22 June 1941
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Cecil FINLEY
Date of Discharge: 18 September 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: 1 Air Support Unit
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

Left: two photos of Peter Hamilton Finley 412294 RAAF, on 30 June 1941, soon after enlistment, at rank of Aircraftman 2 (AC2).
Finley may also be seen in an Officers photo, December 1944 at Driffield.
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Bomb Aimer

Name: Roger John EVANS
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 410202
Date of Birth: 13 October 1910
Place of Birth: Northcote, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 05 December 1941
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Robert EVANS
Date of Discharge: 21 February 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: 1 Personnel Depot (Staff)
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

Roger John Evans may also be seen in an Officers' photo, December 1944 at Driffield.
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Navigator

Name: Kenneth John BROWN
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 410302
Date of Birth: 15 October 1916
Place of Birth: Rochester, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 06 December 1941
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Katherine BROWN
Date of Discharge: 13 May 1948
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: RAAF Station, Laverton
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No

Brown may also be seen in the Navigators' Group photo at Foulsham, February/March 1945; front row, 5th from left.
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Wireless Operator

Name: Robert Thomson CRAIG
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 410632
Date of Birth: 18 August 1912
Place of Birth: Chiltern, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 31 January 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: J CRAIG
Date of Discharge: 18 October 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 1668 Communications Unit
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No
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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: Mervyn John COLEMAN
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436070
Date of Birth: 04 June 1924
Place of Birth: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Date of Enlistment: 07 November 1942
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: John COLEMAN
Date of Discharge: 11 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 74 Base
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No
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Rear Gunner

Name: Richard Henry GEE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 408220
Date of Birth: 10 November 1921
Place of Birth: Launceston, Tasmania
Date of Enlistment: 22 May 1941
Place of Enlistment: Hobart, Tasmania
Next of Kin: Richard GEE
Date of Discharge: 11 August 1945
Rank at Discharge: Pilot Officer
Posting at Discharge: School of Administration
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No
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Flight Engineer

Name: R J CONSTABLE
Service: Royal Air Force (VR ?)
Service Number: 1279880
Date and Place of Birth: ......
Date and Place of Enlistment: .....
(Sce No 1279880 in the series 1250001 to 1299800 allocated from May 1940
at Uxbridge, Gloucester and Penarth,
Refer website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf)

Next of Kin: .....
Date of, Rank and Posting at Discharge: .....
Honours and Gallantry: .....
Prisoner of War: No

Flight Sergeant Constable may be seen in the Flight Engineers' Group photo November 1944 at Driffield, front row, 3rd from left; and
Warrant Officer Constable in Flight Engineers' Group photo about June 1945 at Foulsham, front row, 2nd from right.
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