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    Default RAAF World War 2 Fatalities.

    Hello All,

    For all with an interest in RAAF Fatalities in WWII, the following might be of interest:

    Go to: http://www.awm.gov.au/search/collections/
    Enter (in Search box): RAAF World War 2 Fatalities
    Hit Search

    You will find the results (warts and all), of the labours of Alan Storr for the last eight years.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th July 2010 at 00:43.

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    Thanks for the link Col.
    That's a huge amount of reference material on RAAF members.
    Cheers.

    Wayne.

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    Good man that man!!

    Col, your in Australia, buy him a pint for us. ;-)
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thank you Col, much obliged for the link.
    It will keep me busy for hours.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Ye gods. Australian of the year!

    Edit: have just started going through some immediate areas of interest and am really impressed with the detail on each entry. What a phenomenal effort.
    Last edited by Andy in West Oz; 14th July 2010 at 11:58.

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    A quick browse of the 463 Sqn document shows this to be a most impressive and valuable resource.
    Perhaps a model for those of us who've gathered a lot of information but have yet to tie it all together (i.e. me).

    Mike

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    From Alan Storr's excellent published collection --

    "The project was inspired by a letter that was published in the RAAF Association
    magazine ‘Wings’ (Winter Edition 2002), written by a daughter appealing for
    information about her father missing in WW2 when she was two years of age."

    A letter from my father inspired my search & reason for my letter in "Wings" magazine asking if anyone remembered him.
    [I am the daughter] I later exchanged letters with Alan Storr .
    A school friend of my father also contacted me .

    My father's letter transcribed from the original postcard ---

    My dear Daughter,
    This is the first time I have written to you & although you are as yet too young to read it, perhaps mother will store it up until the time comes when you can read it for yourself.In two days time it will be your first birthday anniversary-a great event for your parents.My regret is that I personally cannot be there to help you blow out your single candle ,but believe me lassie I will be there in spirit.
    I am writing this from a place called Italy which is far away from our fair land-a place I would not be by choice so far separated from a wife & daughter so dear to me. But I am here ,precious one, because there is a war on caused by certain people who wished to rule the world harshly & despotically, imperilling an intangible thing called “democracy” which your mother & I thought all decent people should fight for.You will understand as you grow up what “democracy” means to us & how it is an ideal way of life which we aspire to put into practice.
    All I ask of you ,Anne dear , is that you in your life stay as sweet as your mother & cling tight to the subtle thing that we call christianity,which has been the core of her way of life and her mother’s & mine.I hope that you will love & respect me as I love & respect my father.
    That's all young lady .Have a happy birthday-may they all be happy birthdays .I hope to be home again one fine day. In the meanwhile lots of love to you & to mother.
    from
    DAD [BOB MILLAR]


    From Alan's list
    "422612 Flying Officer MILLAR, Thomas Roberts
    Source:
    NAA: A705, 166/27/603 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Liberator
    Serial number: KH 158
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 31 Sqn SAAF
    Summary:
    On the night of 12 October 1944, Liberator KH 158 of 31 Sqn SAAF was one of 16
    Squadron aircraft detailed to drop supplies to Italian partisans operating in the foothills of
    the Alps at the west end of the PO valley.
    KH 158 took off at 1613 hours from Celone landing ground, to drop supplies 12 miles
    east north east of Genoa. The night was dark with strata cumulous clouds building up
    northwards from the Appenines, with tops of 8-10000 feet.
    Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.
    Crew:
    SAAF Major Urry, S S (1st Pilot)
    RAF FO Hudspith, G E (2nd Pilot)
    SAAF Lt Collard, G A (Observer)
    SAAF Lt Lordan, P J (WTAG)
    RAAF 422612 FO Millar, T R (BombAimer)
    RAF Sgt Fitzgerald, R C (SAG)
    SAAF WO1 Bloch, L B (Air Gunner)
    SAAF Lt Armstrong, H W (Air Gunner)
    In 1949 it was recorded that the crew were missing with no known grave. Their names
    are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK."

    They are commemorated on the Malta Memorial, not Runnymede.

    There was a post about this subject & discussion with another member [RAAF Personnel losses] 30th Jan - 1st Feb. 2007

    Anne
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    Thank you, Anne.

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    Thanks Col for the link; that man Alan Storr deserves a statue !

    Henk.

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    Indeed. Amazing stuff.

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