...::: 59 SQN - AUSTRALIAN AIRCREW :::...
Aust. & New Zealand
The RAAF trained aircrew through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan known in Australia as the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), commonly known as the "Scheme." Elementary training was offered in Australia to a limited number of the country's youth, who would be granted short-term commissions in the RAF upon completion of their training.
The "Scheme" effectively ended in October 1944, although it was not formally suspended until 31 March 1945. By this time, more than 37,500 Australian aircrew graduated under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Some finished their training in Canada and Southern Rhodesia, but the great majority of them, over 27,300, completed their training in Australia. They included navigators, air gunners and 10,800 pilots. Many of them became known as "The Odd Bods".
Updated 'New Zealand' page coming soon!
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Don Howard - Navigator

Don was a Navigator/Bomb-Aimer (Observer) on the Squadron between December 1943 and April 1945. He joined the RAAF in Melbourne and still resides there today. Many years after the war, Don managed to track down his Scottish second crew skipper, Ian Reekie, and when the two met again for the first time, Ian commented...

"I was surprised you managed to track me down... the amount of times you got me lost."

To which Don replied...

"I always got you home, didn't I?"

Thanks to Don for his input to the site and the memorable stories shared.

View Don's Tribute page and read more about his service history with 59 Squadron.

 

:::: RANK: Squadron Leader  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc/Image
KIA/DOD
S/Ldr M. Charlton DFC
402638
RAAF
NA
S/Ldr N. Barson DFC
400457
RAAF
12/08/1954
:::: RANK: Flight Lieutenant  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc/Image
KIA/DOD
F/L F.J. Bradley
403401
RAAF
NA
F/L M.N. Black
403629
RAAF
NA
F/L H.M. Collie
412806
RAAF
NA
F/L J.E. Collins
401204
RAAF
Sept. 1998
F/L A. Edgar
422466
RAAF
NA
F/L J.M. Francis
NA
RAAF
NA
F/L K.R.N. Emmett
411761
RAAF
21/05/1945
F/L G.M. Harvey
401572
RAAF
NA
F/L J.L. Heron
43825
RAAF
23/10/2000
F/L G.G. Hitchen
421807
RAAF
NA
F/L W.G. 'Wes' Loney DFC
400279
RAAF
NA
F/L H.R. Longmuir
403353
RAAF
08/07/1993
F/L G.B. Lynch
402373
RAAF
NA
F/L R.V.G. MacDonald
405274
RAAF
NA
F/L H.C. MacKay
400180
RAAF
NA
F/L W.S. "Dick" Massina
401576
RAAF
NA
F/L H.A.L "Tim" Moran
400479
RAAF
NA
F/L R.D. Stevenson
403626
RAAF
NA
F/L J.T. Warbrick
425792
RAAF
NA
:::: RANK - Flying Officer  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
F/O D.G. Arkell
422372
RAAF
NA
F/O D.H. Bain
404638
RAAF
02/03/1942
F/O S.S. Brundell
403402
RAAF
NA
F/O K.G. Carkeek
419083
RAAF
NA
F/O E.L.G. Cock
140614
RAAF
NA
F/O J. Gilbert
403510
RAAF
NA
F/O R.D. 'Roly' Hall
418013
RAAF
01/06/2012
F/O J.F. Hansen
428525
RAAF
NA
F/O W. Hird
403337
RAAF
NA
F/O D.G. 'Don' Howard
418119
RAAF
NA
F/O L.F. Hyam
415796
RAAF
NA
F/O R.G. Kemp
417492
RAAF
NA
F/O J.L.G. Lees
403762
RAAF
NA
F/O I.C. MacKay
400180
RAAF
NA
F/O M.W. McGovern
436649
RAAF
NA
F/O H.A. 'Herb' Metcalfe
425531
RAAF
NA
F/O J.D. Middleton
422225
RAAF
NA
F/O W.N. O'Dwyer
414221
RAAF
NA
F/O Jack Osborn
NA
RAAF
1977
F/O A.R. Playford
420627
RAAF
NA
F/O H. Pickering
410916
RAAF
NA
F/O D..J Richards
403624
RAAF
29/05/1942
F/O B.A. Scott
422305
RAAF
NA
F/O J.C. Star
4445
RAAF
NA
F/O L.C. Thompson
403399
RAAF
NA
W/O A.G. Twyman
413673
RAAF
NA
F/O H.J. Watts
410766
RAAF
1990
F/O A.R. "Roddy" Wecker
404676
RAAF
05/04/1943
F/O H. Wellington
422334
RAAF
NA
F/O J.P. Williams
425785
RAAF
NA
:::: RANK - Pilot Officer  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
P/O K.W. Bowden
419252
RAAF
NA
P/O T.C. Goode
417362
RAAF
NA
P/O J.G. Hurley
419860
RAAF
NA
P/O J.H. Kendall
421284
RAAF
NA
P/O B.A. 'Rocky' Livingstone
12336
RAAF
NA
P/O R.G. Marlow
417502
RAAF
NA
P/O R.N. McCartney
403068
RAAF
NA
P/O R.L. McCleary
422238
RAAF
NA
P/O D.C. McKenzie
420982
RAAF
NA
P/O A..J McLay
421025
RAAF
18/08/1944
P/O R.J. Nunan
417401
RAAF
NA
P/O R.A. Partridge
403420
RAAF
NA
P/O R.L. Roberts
415816
RAAF
NA
P/O H.G. Willows
421116
RAAF
NA
P/O K. Wordsworth
404474
RAAF
NA
P/O P. 'Ted' Wright
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RAAF
NA
:::: RANK - Warrant Officer  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
W/O K.G. Angus
422023
RAAF
NA
W/O R.J. Brown
420913
RAAF
NA
W/O R.H. Fletcher
415776
RAAF
NA
W/O L.I. Newton
427605
RAAF
NA
W/O R.S. Seeley
425064
RAAF
NA
W/O P. Slaven
412726
RAAF
NA
:::: RANK - Flight Sergeant  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
F/Sgt K.J.N. Apitz
422370
RAAF
19/06/1944
F/Sgt N.A. Cooper
421978
RAAF
19/06/1944
F/Sgt P.J. Donaghy
406501
RAAF
11/05/1942
F/Sgt F.B. George
421327
RAAF
NA
F/Sgt K.W. Heggaton
402924
RAAF
11/05/1942
F/Sgt H.B. Johns
497122
RAAF
NA
F/Sgt K.W. Kermode
402363
RAAF
11/05/1942
F/Sgt L.C. Marriott
404802
RAAF
NA
F/Sgt C. Scouller
402674
RAAF
11/05/1942
:::: RANK - Sergeant  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
Sgt E.B. Batt
435665
RAAF
NA
Sgt J.A. Henry
433842
RAAF
NA
Sgt J.R. Hoskins
403587
RAAF
28/04/1942
Sgt W.T. Jones
402999
RAAF
02/03/1942
Sgt K.J. Lauder
402510
RAAF
02/03/1942
Sgt R.K. Mathews
428998
RAAF
NA
Sgt A.C. McCann
468614
RAAF
NA
Sgt T.L. Roache
419139
RAAF
NA
Sgt D.R. Rutherford
404203
RAAF
02/03/1942
Sgt J. Straney
4308
RAAF
NA
Sgt W.D. Turner
442375
RAAF
NA
Sgt N. White
401355
RAAF
21/04/1942
:::: RANK - Aircraftsman  
Name
Service No.
Force
Misc.
KIA/DOD
AC J.R. Fox DFC
55614
RAAF
21.01.1959
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Know of someone that's been missed? This service honour roll has been compiled using airmen named in the book Endurance (Alwny Jay, 1996) and those noted as Australian in the Squadron Record Books. Please contact me if you know of someone I've missed. Thank you.
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This site was created by and information compiled by L.Del Mann - © 2008