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    Default Flying Officer Edward Francis COLLAERY (402944) RAAF

    Hi,

    One of the pilots of Botha L6535 of 8 AGS Evanton which ditched off Alness on 10 November 1942 was a P/O Collaery, not a common surname. Does anyone know if this is the same person as F/O Edward Francis COLLAERY (402944) of the RAAF, killed in Beaufighter TF.X LZ192 of 455 Squadron RAAF, on 29 June 1944, based Langham?
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    Keith Bryers

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    Default Re: Flying Officer Edward Francis COLLAERY (402944) RAAF

    Hi Keith,

    I donít know if he was involved in both crashes but his surname is the only male that served in all three services for Australia in WW2, there is one other, a Joan Collaery who served in the Australian Army in WW2.
    Unfortunately your Edward Francis Collaery files are not on line at our Archives and youíll be up for $40AUD each to have them put on line.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Default Re: Flying Officer Edward Francis COLLAERY (402944) RAAF

    Hello,

    Most likely the same airman.

    Ted Collaery was from Wollongong, New South Wales. After finishing school (Wollongong Christian Brothers' College), he had attended wool classing by correspondence. He was an accomplished horseman, studious, with a love of literature, and he often rode long distances from Wollongong to a small hut the family owned in Kangaroo Valley near Nowra, where he kept a supply of books. Ted had joined the Air Force late in 1940, when he was twenty-six years old. He began his flying on Tiger Moths at Narrandera (8 EFTS), in February 1941 and continued training in Alberta, Canada (7 SFTS, Fort Macleod). He spent nearly two years flying at an air gunnery school (8 AGS), at Evanton in Scotland before he began conversion to Beaufighters. In March 1944, at the Operational Training Unit (132 OTU), he had teamed up with his navigator, Vic Pearson (AUS425547). By the time Ted Collaery left the operational training unit, he had logged over eight hundred hours flying with over fifty-five hours on Beaufighters

    See:
    Strike And Strike Again 455 Squadron RAAF 1944-45.
    Gordon,Ian,
    Belconnen:Banner Books,1995.
    pp.57-8

    Col.
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    Default Re: Flying Officer Edward Francis COLLAERY (402944) RAAF

    Hi Col -

    Yes,that must be him.
    Many thanks.

    Keith

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