8 December 1922 - 1 April 2012
was one of a family of eight and grew up in the Carina area of Brisbane.
He attended several schools and completed scholarship at Manly State
School. He enjoyed Rugby League and Cricket, being captain of a Carina
team in Warehouse Cricket.
He was employed by KR Darling Downs initially as an office boy, but
enlisted in the RAAF in 1942.
He progressed through ITS at Kingaroy, Wireless Op. at Maryborough,
and Air Gunner at Evans Head. Posted to the UK, he did SFTS on Wellingtons,
then Halifax, then Lancasters at Waltham Lincs.
With 100 squadron he completed 12 operations, and was then transferred
to 156(PFF) squadron as a Warrant Officer, and stationed at Upwood in
Huntingdonshire. On his 29th Pathfinder operation over the Ruhr, his
aircraft was shot down by a "Schrage Musik" equipped Bf 110 nightfighter,
and he survived to become a POW for some three months, until freed by
advancing American troops.
Returned to the UK, he married Marjorie in Gloucester in 1945. He was
repatriated to Australia in 1945, but she was not able to join him until
1946. In 2008 he was able to travel to Germany and meet Walter Telsnig,
one of the crew who had shot his Lancaster down.
He rejoined KR Darling Downs, and rose through the company to retire
having held several management posts. He enjoyed boating and fishing,
and was a member of a number of ex-service organisations. He was the
vice-president of the Pathfinder Force Assoc. and joined QAM in 1988
as their delegate.
He was a competent cabinetmaker and built display cabinets located in
the Pathfinder area.
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