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Special Duties – WINDOW – 462 Squadron RAAF

The table below lists the first group of 12 RAAF Wireless Operators, all Flight Sergeants, who were Posted TO 462 Squadron, Foulsham in January 1945, to dispense WINDOW. They were not permanently assigned to any one crew.
However some flew regularly with a particular crew (e.g. Stewart Edmund Taylor 433176 RAAF, 18 Ops with the Sharp crew).
Others mostly flew with different crews on each Op (e.g. Fink, Irminger and Kimber).
Stew Taylor also carried out the highest number of WINDOW Ops at 25, with Kimber and Tisdell both with 21 Ops.
All of this group (excluding Tisdell KIA, and Hutton, PoW) were Warrant Officers when Posted FROM the Squadron in September 1945.

The Ops recorded below were extracted from the 462 Squadron Operational Record Book, January to May 1945.
"19/20 Ops" means 20 Ops recorded in ORB, less one early return not counted in final tally.
"18 or 19 Ops" means that person is on record for the lower number of Ops, but may have had the higher number of Ops. However due to variations and errors in names and/or initials, the number of Ops cannot be accurately determined (e.g. six aircrew with surname Taylor in 462 Squadron in early 1945, some of whom carried out Window Ops in addition to their usual role).
Aircraft that for various reasons failed to take off, were sometimes (but not always) listed by aircraft serial number and Pilot's name, but not with crew names. Therefore the names of Special Duties men scheduled for those flights are not known.
Extra Op information may be found on the various crew pages, listed by Pilot and Crew number.

Names with asterisk ( * ) are in the following photos of a group of Special Duties (WINDOW) Airmen and other personnel on VE morning.
These two photos are also shown on the 462 Squadron page, with additional information there about the "non-WINDOW" airmen.

Name (Special Duties, WINDOW)
Posted In January 1945
Service Number Force Ops
Victor William CHAFFER * 433195 RAAF 19/20 Ops
Gregory Patrick FARRELL * 432776 RAAF 18 or 19 Ops
Garth FINK 435339
(later A11415)
RAAF 17/18 Ops
Peter William Clayton HUTTON (PoW) 434743 RAAF 11 Ops
Ronald George IRMINGER * 437308 RAAF 17 Ops
James Wallis KIMBER 436523 RAAF 21 Ops
Maurice Kevin MOORE 432059 RAAF 15 Ops
Stewart Edmund TAYLOR 433176 RAAF 25 or 26 Ops
Stanley Ernest TILLS * 17596 RAAF 18/19 Ops
Errol Dallas TISDELL (KIA 17 April 1945) 432388 RAAF 21/22 Ops
Michael Patrick TOOHEY * 429056 RAAF 20 or 21 Ops
John Francis WALL * 432918 RAAF 16 Ops

The following table lists the second group of 12 RAAF Wireless Operators, who were also SD WINDOW Dispensers from 17 April to 2 May 1945. They were Posted TO 462 Squadron Foulsham in early April 1945.(e.g. Danson, MacNish and Willis-Jones on 10 April 1945, so probably all on the same date). Danson was Posted FROM 462 Squadron in August 1945, and the other eleven in September 1945 (e.g. MacNish and Willis-Jones on 18 September 1945, so probably all on the same date). All were Flight Sergeants except for Warrant Officer MacNish. They were not assigned to a permanent crew.

Name (Special Duties, WINDOW)
April & May 1945
Service Number Force Ops
Lionel Owen BILLIN 433888 RAAF 3 Ops
Robert Ernest BURNS 430838 RAAF 2 Ops
Kenneth John DANSON 431279 RAAF 2 Ops
Percy Herbert Bryce EDWARDS 431769 RAAF 1 Op
John Campbell EMSLIE 429541 RAAF 3 Ops
William Henry GELL 433869 RAAF 2 Ops
John Crosby HANTKEN 442423 RAAF 1 Op
George Sandford KING 436814 RAAF 2 Ops
Keith Jefferey MACNISH 436925 RAAF 3 Ops
David John McRAE 436439 RAAF 2 Ops
William THOMSON 437601 RAAF 2 Ops
Henry Richard WILLIS-JONES 431650 RAAF 2 Ops

Other Airmen also carried out multiple Ops as Special Duties, WINDOW, e.g. Alexander Gordon TAYLOR, 423491 RAAF, who was initially a WOP/AG, later WOP, with several crews; but carried out 16 of his 25 Ops as WINDOW Dispenser with various crews. There is no record of his POSTING TO 462 Squadron in the ORB, but his Ops were recorded from 4 November 1944 to 2 May 1945.
Individual members of various crews also occasionally carried out WINDOW duties to "catch-up" on Ops.

Included below are enlistment and/or later photos from relevant RAAF Service Files from the National Archives of Australia (NAA), if they had been digitised by 31 July 2017. More will be added if they become available.

Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (A9301 Service Files, 462 Squadron Operational Record Book);
Footprints on the Sands of Time – RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45. Oliver Clutton-Brock 2003;
or from sources as noted in the text.

 

 

462 Squadron, RAAF, 100 Group, VE Day at Foulsham, May 1945, with group of Special Duties (WINDOW) Airmen and members of other crews.
Photo from the Neville Owen Reed Collection.

Above and above right: Air crew from 462 Squadron, Foulsham on
VE Day 1945. Names for Special Duties (WINDOW) in bold font.

Neville Owen Reed 435209 RAAF, is sitting in the front row, wearing pyjamas and gumboots, and his family kindly supplied this photo (also available from Aviation Heritage Museum of WA, Cat. No. P009357). The same photo is in the book "Phoenix – Book 2: The Reincarnation" by A.G. Batten. The caption there is as follows:

Standing: Greg Farrell, Ron Gibson.
Middle Row: Bill Caddy, Jack Wall, Mick Toohey, Ron Irminger, Vic Chaffer, Frank Andrew, Grant Boys, Lionel Dittmann, Ernie Stanton.
Front: Stan Tills, Nev Reed.

 

 

 

462 Squadron, RAAF, 100 Group, VE Day at Foulsham, May 1945, Special Duties (WINDOW) airmen, possibly Stanley Ernest Tills and Victor William Chaffer.
Photo from the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

This photo was received from the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, Catalog No. P009358, with the caption ....
"462 Squadron, RAAF, Foulsham, May, 1945. 2 Airmen against background of The Union Jack, VE morning".

The 2 Airmen were not identified, however, comparing them with the photo at left, and assuming that the identification for that photo as published by Batten is correct, the two are most likely .....

Left, in uniform: Stan Tills (previous photo, front row, left).
Right, in pyjamas: Vic Chaffer, over-vest removed (in the group photo at left, he is 5th from left in centre row, wearing dark vest over pyjama shirt, i.e. behind Reed wearing boots in front row).

 

 

Ten Special Duties (WINDOW) Airmen of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, 1945.
Photo from the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia.

 

 

The photo at left was received from the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, Catalog No. P009358, with the caption:
462 Squadron, RAAF, Foulsham, c.1945 – 10 Airmen "Special Operators".

The airmen are not identified by name, however some faces are very similar to some of those in the VE Day photos above. The donor was Stan Tills, so it is likely that he is in the group photo.

Compared also with enlistment photos, possible identifications are:

Back, left to right: 1. Stew Taylor (or Stan Tills ?); 2. not identified;
3. Tills (or Taylor ?) 4. not identified.
Centre, left to right: 1. Greg Farrell (?); 2. not identified;
3. Mick Toohey (?); 4. Moore (?).
Front, left to right: 1. Unknown; 2. Vic Chaffer (?).

They are the remaining ten from the first group of 12 WINDOW dispensers – Hutton was PoW on/after 08 March 1945, and Tisdell was KIA on 17 April 1945.

If you can assist with identification, please make contact.
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Group 1 – Posted TO 462 Squadron in January 1945.
(From RAAF Service Files, five were posted on 15 January, possibly all were posted on the same date.)

 

 

 

Vic Chaffer is included in the VE Day photos above.

19/20 Ops (1 early return) from 01 February to 23 April 1945.
9 Ops with Hancock Crew 31 (1 early return);
3 Ops with Hines Crew 65;
2 ops with Ferguson Crew 66,
1 Op with each of Frazer Crew 56, Fleming Crew 60, Smith Crew 51, Sullivan Crew 61, Britt Crew 47, Paull Crew 53.

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Victor William CHAFFER (Vic)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 433195
Date of Birth: 05 January 1925
Place of Birth: Summer Hill, New South Wales (NSW)
Date of Enlistment: 27 February 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Margaret CHAFFER
Date of Discharge: 10 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No
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Gregory Patrick Farrell, 432776, RAAF, of 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 432776

Gregory Patrick Farrell, 432776, RAAF; at enlistment, 2 Recruiting Centre, 29 January 1943; single, aged 18, ex ATC Cadets.

 

 

Name: Gregory Patrick FARRELL (Greg)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 432776
Date of Birth: 27 November 1924
Place of Birth: Haberfield, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 30 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney. NSW
Next of Kin: Patrick Henry FARRELL (father)
Date of Discharge: 01 February 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

15 January 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
17 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

18 (or 19) Ops, 106 hours 40 m Operational flying,
from 01 February to 16 April 1945;
8 Ops with Cookson Crew 23;
4 Ops with Sherren Crew 50;
2 Ops with each of Grant Crew 62 and Paltridge Crew 58;
1 Op each with Marchant Crew 32 and Ferguson Crew 66.
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Name: Garth FINK
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 435339 (later A11415)
Date of Birth: 08 October 1924
Place of Birth: Nambour, Queensland (Qld)
Date of Enlistment: 22 April 1943
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: Thelma FINK
Date of Discharge: 26 June 1966
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Posting at Discharge: FSTT
Prisoner of War: No

17/18 Ops (1 early return) from 07 February to 23 April 1945.
2 Ops with each of Ridgewell Crew 37 and Scott Crew 64;
1 Op with each of Swann Crew 55; Sherren Crew 50; Frazer Crew 56;
Marchant Crew 32; Paull Crew 53; Ball Crew 59 (early return);
Hancock Crew 31; Boyd Crew 40; Anderson Crew 45; Uther Crew 26;
Hines Crew 65; Fuller Crew 68; Gallop Crew 67; Grant Crew 62.
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Name: Peter William Clayton HUTTON
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 434743
Date of Birth: 12 April 1921
Place of Birth: Maidenhead, England
Date of Enlistment: 20 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: Christopher HUTTON
Date of Discharge: 08 April 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
Prisoner of War: Yes

The Australian Nominal Roll records PoW status as "No". However Hutton became a PoW in his role of SD (WINDOW) as a member of the James crew, who failed to return from an Op to Dortmund on the night of 08 March 1945. He is listed in Clutton-Brock's PoW book as RWC HUTTON, on page 325. All eight members of James' crew are listed as PoWs by Clutton-Brock.

11 Ops (Missing from Op 11) from 01 February to 08 March 1945.
5 Ops with Simms Crew 38;
3 Ops with Whatling Crew 42;
1 Op with each of Rate Crew 13, McGindle Crew 19,
and James Crew 24 (Missing on this Op).
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Name: Ronald George IRMINGER (Ron)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 437308
Date of Birth: 29 October 1922
Place of Birth: Gawler, South Australia (SA)
Date of Enlistment: 14 December 1942
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA
Next of Kin: Otto IRMINGER
Date of Discharge: 23 April 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

17 Ops from 01 February to 23 April 1945.
3 Ops with Scott Crew 64;
2 Ops with each of Frazer Crew 56 and Ferguson Crew 66;
1 Op with each of Uther Crew 26; James Crew 24; Smith Crew 51;
Ridgewell Crew 37; Hancock Crew 31; Paltridge Crew 58;
Anderson Crew 45; Fleming Crew 60; Gallop Crew 67;
Ball Crew 59 (attacked by FW190, damage claim by R/AG Hibberd).
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Name: James Wallis KIMBER
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436523
Date of Birth: 29 December 1924
Place of Birth: Mosman Park, Western Australia (WA)
Date of Enlistment: 30 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: Thelma KIMBER
Date of Discharge: 05 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

21 Ops from 02 February to 22 April 1945.
4 Ops with Britt Crew 47;
3 Ops with Langworthy Crew 34;
2 Ops with each of Simms Crew 38; Robinson Crew 63; Paltridge Crew 58;
1 Op with each of Lodder Crew 44; Whatling Crew 42;
McGindle Crew 19; Sharp Crew 41; Tootal Crew 57; Scharer Crew 54; Sullivan Crew 61, Taylor Crew 12.
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Maurice Kevin Moore, 432059, RAAF, of 462 Squadron, Foulsham. (Enlisted 26 November 1942)Maurice Kevin Moore, 432059, RAAF, of 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photos from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 432059

Maurice Kevin Moore, 432059, RAAF.

Above left: 26 November 1942, at enlistment, 2 Recruiting Centre,
single, aged 21; previous service with 31st Batt'y., 108th Anti Tank Reg't.

Above right: 14 March 1943, at 2 ITS, Bradfield Park.

 

 

 

Name: Maurice Kevin MOORE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 432059
Date of Birth: 25 June 1921
Place of Birth: Quorn, SA
Date of Enlistment: 26 November 1942
Place of Enlistment: Woolloomooloo, NSW
Next of Kin: Thomas Gerald MOORE (father)
Date of Discharge: 13 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

15 January 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
20 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

15 Ops, 86 hours 20 m Operational flying, from 01 February to 02 May 1945.
3 Ops with Whatling Crew 42 and Fuller Crew 68;
2 Ops with Drinkwater Crew 49;
1 Op with each of Robertson Crew 18; McGindle Crew 19;
O'Sullivan Crew 43; Simms Crew 38; Scharer Crew 54;
Britt Crew 47; Bailey Crew 46.
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Stewart Edmund Taylor, 433176, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Fousham.
Photo from the George Sinton Bland Collection.

Stewart Edmund Taylor, 433176, RAAF; cropped from the formal photo of Sharp Crew 41 photo, taken in Norwich; date determined as late May 1945, so Stew was not yet 21.

 

 

Name: Stewart Edmund TAYLOR (Stew)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 433176
Date of Birth: 24 July 1924
Place of Birth: Paddington, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 25 February 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Edward TAYLOR
Date of Discharge: 13 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

Stew carried out 25 (or 26) Ops as from 01 February to 23 April 1945.
18 Ops with the Sharp Crew 41 (more details with that crew);
2 Ops each with Bailey Crew 46, and Taylor Crew 12;
1 Op with each of Robinson Crew 63; Drinkwater Crew 49;
and Whatling Crew 42.

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Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 17596

Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF; undated, marked as 4RC, so probably at enlistment, 4 Recruiting Centre, 28 August 1940; single, aged 20.

He commenced training as Pilot, but was later re-mustered and trained as Wireless Operator / Ar Gunner.

Tills may be in the Smith Crew 51 photo beside Halifax MZ341 Z5-P.

 

Name: Stanley Ernest TILLS (Stan)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 17596
Date of Birth: 30 June 1920
Place of Birth: Subiaco, WA
Date of Enlistment: 28 August 1940
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA (living at Tambellup, WA)
Next of Kin: William Stanley TILLS (father)
Date of Discharge: 05 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 5 Personnel Depot Reserve Pool
Prisoner of War: No

15 January 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
20 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

Stan carried out 18/19 Ops (1 early return), 110 hours 25 m Operational flying, from 01 February to 14 April 1945.
5/6 Ops with Smith Crew 51 (1 was an early return);
2 Ops with Gallop Crew 67; and
1 Op with each of Jackson Crew 14, Uther Crew 26, Marchant Crew 32,
Ely Crew 39, Boyd Crew 40, Anderson Crew 45, Britt Crew 47, Swann Crew 55, Ball Crew 59, Fleming Crew 60, Hines Crew 65.

Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 17596

Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF; undated, storage envelope marked as SD, so probably at 4 SD, West Perth, on/about 19 January 1942.

Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 17596

LAC Stanley Ernest Tills, 17596, RAAF; photo attached to Report on training at 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, Sale, Victoria; Course 38, between 18 October and 12 November 1943. Return to top

 

Errol Dallas Tisdell, 432388, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.Errol Dallas Tisdell, 432388, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photos from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 432388

Errol Dallas Tisdell, 432388, RAAF.

Above left – at enlistment, 2 Recruiting Centre, 09 December 1942; single, aged 18;
Above right – 14 March 1943, at 2 ITS, Bradfield Park, Sydney.

 

 

Name: Errol Dallas TISDELL
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 432388
Date of Birth: 28 October 1924
Place of Birth: Taree, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 09 December 1942
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Ethel May TISDELL (mother)
Date of Death: 17 April 1945
Rank at Death: Flight Sergeant
Posting at Death: 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Prisoner of War: No
Roll of Honour: Taree, NSW

15 January 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC.
17 April 1945 Killed in Action with Lodder Crew 44, who failed to return from an Op to Augsburg, on the night of 16/17 April. More details are on that crew's page, as well as a photo of the Headstone on his grave in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany.

21/22 Ops (1 early return), from 01 February to 17 April 1945.
6 ops with Bailey Crew 46 (1 early return);
5 Ops with Britt Crew 47;
2 Ops with McGindle Crew 19;
1 Op with each of Sharp Crew 41; Langworthy Crew 34; Scharer Crew 54; Sullivan Crew 61; Whatling Crew 42; Paltridge Crew 58;
3 Ops with Lodder Crew 44, KIA.
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Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 429056

Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, at enlistment, 2 Recruiting Centre, 22 October 1942; single, aged 19, and still in Army uniform. Previous Military Service from December 1941 to October 1942, at 103 Convalescent Depot, Army Home Defence Forces.

 

Name: Michael Patrick TOOHEY (Mick)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 429056
Date of Birth: 17 January 1923
Place of Birth: Newtown, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 22 October 1942
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Michael Patrick TOOHEY (father)
Date of Discharge: 21 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

15 January 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
17 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

20 (or 21) Ops, Operational flying 116 hours, from 02 February to 16 April 1945.
6 Ops with with Simms Crew 38;
2 Ops with each of Langworthy Crew 34; Scharer Crew 54;
Bailey Crew 46; Rate Crew 13; Sullivan Crew 61; Whatling Crew 42;
1 Op with each of Taylor Crew 12 and Lodder Crew 44.

 

Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 429056

Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, on 18 February 1943; during posting to RAAF HQ, at Bradfield Park.

Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 429056

Michael Patrick Toohey, 429056, RAAF, at 2 ITS, Bradfield Park, on 14 March 1943.
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John Wall (Jack) is included in the VE Day group photo above.

16 Ops from 14 February to 15 April 1945
3 Ops with Frazer Crew 56;
2 Ops with each of Sherren Crew 50; Ball Crew 59; Gallop Crew 67;
1 Op with each of Smith Crew 51; Boyd Crew 40; Whatling Crew 42; Grant Crew 62; Anderson Crew 45; Fuller Crew 68; Hines Crew 65.

 

Name: John Francis WALL (Jack)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 432918
Date of Birth: 18 December 1924
Place of Birth: St Peters, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 30 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Lucy WALL
Date of Discharge: 12 February 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No
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Group 2 – Posted TO 462 Squadron in April 1945
(From RAAF Service Files, three were posted on 10 April, possibly all were posted on the same date.)

 

Name: Lionel Owen BILLIN
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 433888
Date of Birth: 04 May 1925
Place of Birth: Inverell, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 05 June 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Walter BILLIN
Date of Discharge: 16 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

3 Ops from 18 April to 24 April 1945
2 Ops with Grant Crew 62; 1 Op with Sherren Crew 50.
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Name: Robert Ernest BURNS
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 430838
Date of Birth: 03 February 1916
Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 16 April 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Patrick BURNS
Date of Discharge: 30 November 1945
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Prisoner of War: No

2 Ops from 17 April to 24 April 1945
2 Ops with Scott Crew 64.
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Kenneth John Danson, 431279, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Fousham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 431279

Kenneth John Danson, 431279, RAAF; undated but probably at enlistment, 1 Recruiting Centre, 18 June 1943, single, aged 18;
ex ATC Cadets.

 

Name: Kenneth John DANSON
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 431279
Date of Birth: 26 April 1925
Place of Birth: Kangaroo Flat, Victoria (Vic)
Date of Enlistment: 18 June 1943
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: David P DANSON (father)
Date of Discharge: 20 November 1945
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Prisoner of War: No

10 April 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
23 August 1945 – Posted TO 11 PDRC for repatriation to Australia.

2 Ops, 12 hours Operational flying, from 17 April to23 April 1945.
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Name: Percy Herbert Bryce EDWARDS
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 431769
Date of Birth: 15 July 1925
Place of Birth: Carlton, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 13 August 1943
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Percy EDWARDS
Date of Discharge: 24 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

1 Op, on 02 May 1945, with Ferguson Crew 66.
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Name: John Campbell EMSLIE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 429541
Date of Birth: 21 January 1924
Place of Birth: Irvinebank, Qld
Date of Enlistment: 09 October 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: Archibald EMSLIE
Date of Discharge: 30 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

3 Ops, from 22 April to 02 May 1945.
1 Op with each of Gallop Crew 67, Hines Crew 65, Fleming Crew 60.
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Name: William Henry GELL
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 433869 (later O224579)
Date of Birth: 17 April 1925
Place of Birth: Morpeth, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 01 June 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW (living at Kingsford, NSW)
Next of Kin: Lloyd Tinsley GELL
Date of Discharge: 26 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

2 Ops, from 17 April to 22 April 1945.
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Name: John Crosby HANTKEN
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 442423
Date of Birth: 19 June 1925
Place of Birth: St Kilda, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 17 July 1943
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA
Next of Kin: Esmond HANTKEN
Date of Discharge: 17 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

1 Op, on 02 May 1945, with Smith Crew 51.
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Name: George Sandford KING
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436814
Date of Birth: 03 April 1925
Place of Birth: Guildford, WA
Date of Enlistment: 24 April 1943
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: Laura KING
Date of Discharge: 22 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

2 Ops, from 19 April to 24 April 1945.
1 Op with each of Scharer Crew 54 and Robinson Crew 63.
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Keith Jefferey MacNish, 436925, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 436925

Keith Jefferey MacNish, 436925, RAAF; undated but probably at enlistment, 4 Recruiting Centre, 22 May 1943, single, aged 18;
ex ATC Cadets.

 

Name: Keith Jefferey MACNISH
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436925
Date of Birth: 09 January 1925
Place of Birth: Perth, WA
Date of Enlistment: 22 May 1943
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: Jeffrey O MACNISH (father)
Date of Discharge: 05 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

10 April 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
18 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

3 Ops, 15 hours 10 m Operational flying, from 19 to 24 April 1945.
1 Op with each of Ferguson Crew 66, Hines Crew 65, Bailey Crew 46.
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Name: David John McRAE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436439
Date of Birth: 11 November 1924
Place of Birth: Northam, WA
Date of Enlistment: 08 January 1943
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: Davis McRAE
Date of Discharge: 23 January 1947
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: Pearce (TDR), WA
Prisoner of War: No

2 Ops, from 19 April to 23 April 1945.
1 Op with each of Cairns Crew 69 and Langworthy Crew 34.
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Name: William THOMSON
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 437601
Date of Birth: 23 January 1914
Place of Birth: Arbroath, Scotland
Date of Enlistment: 03 April 1943
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA
Next of Kin: William THOMSON
Date of Discharge: 24 July 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

2 Ops, from 19 April to 24 April 1945.
1 Op with each of Fuller Crew 68 and Sullivan Crew 61.
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Henry Richard Willis-Jones, 431650, RAAF, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9301, 431650

Henry Richard Willis-Jones, 431650, RAAF; undated but probably at enlistment, 1 Recruiting Centre, 16 July 1943, single, aged 24; previous service in 6th Batt'n, Royal Melbourne Regiment.

 

 

Name: Henry Richard WILLIS-JONES
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 431650
Date of Birth: 11 February 1919
Place of Birth: Kent, England
Date of Enlistment: 16 July 1943
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Ann J HOWARD (mother)
Date of Discharge: 13 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit (Gamston)
Prisoner of War: No

10 April 1945 – Posted TO 462 Squadron, from 11 PDRC
18 September 1945 – Posted TO 9 ACHU, Gamston.

2 Ops, 15 hours 05 m Operational flying, from 18 to 22 April 1945.
1 Op with each of Gallop Crew 67, and Sullivan Crew 61.

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