Appendix 1 - 1 Fighter Wing Pilots involved in 1943 combats or casualties

Note: ranks given are those at which they appear in the story

KIA = killed in action KIFA= killed in flying accident

Name Sqn Combats Background & previous experience Incidents
F/O JP Adam RAAF 452 nil joined sqn May '42 ex 275 Sqn (Walrus ASR); 421 hrs in total at death KIFA 26/9
P/O WH Appleton RAF 54 3 (20/6, 28/6, 7/9) joined sqn Jun '43; made F/O by Sep '43  
Sgt WG Allden RAF 54 nil new graduate  
P/O RG Ashby RAF 54 3 (2/3, 20/6, 6/7) joined sqn Dec '42 at latest; attached to 457 June-July; made F/O Landing accident 24/5
F/Sgt G Ashurst RAF 54 1 (20/6) joined sqn Jun '43  
F/O HK Barker RAAF 457 4 (2 /5, 28/6, 30/6, 18/7) joined sqn Dec '42, ex 129 Sqn RAF; 32 sweeps & 6 combats in UK & 0.5 kills; 505 hrs in total by Oct '43 Landing accident 19/10
Sgt WJ Basey RAAF 457 2 (30/6, 6/11) joined sqn Dec '42, ex 132 Sqn RAF; nil ops in UK; 308 hrs in total by Apr '43 landing accident (undercarriage failure) 29/4
F/O KD Bassett RAAF 452 3 (28/6, 6/7, 7/9) joined sqn late '41, 2 combats in UK  
F/Sgt AE Batchelor RAAF 457 6 (15/3, 10/5, 20/6, 6/7, 11/8, 7/9) joined sqn Dec '42, ex 242 Sqn RAF; 2 sweeps & nil combats in UK, 123 Spitfire hours by May '43; only 258 hours in total by Mar '43; made P/O Aug '43 Damaged by enemy action 15/3
F/O FB Beale RAAF 457 1 (28/5) joined sqn May '42 ex 152 Sqn; nil ops in UK, 170 Spitfire hours by May '43, 333 hrs in total Landing accident 13/3, KIA 28/5
F/Sgt PL Beeston RAAF 452 nil joined sqn Aug '43, ex staff pilot at Richmond & Evans Head  
F/Sgt GS Benson RAAF 452 1 (7/9) joined sqn Aug '43, ex staff pilot Landing accident 9/8
F/Sgt KAH Biggs RAF 54 2 (15/3, 20/6) joined sqn early '42; 1 kill pre NWA Killed later in the war
F/O JH Bisley DFC RAAF 452 2 (20/6, 7/9) joined sqn Dec '42, ex-126 Sqn Malta, with 6 kills; 260 Spitfire hrs by Mar '43, 520 hours in total by Aug '43; made OC 'B' Flt Commander 28/7 Landing accident 24/3; crash landing (glycol) 5/8
F/O AH Blake RAAF 457 2 (2/5, 28/5) joined sqn Sep '41 ex 61 OTU; 39 sweeps & 6 combats in UK with 0.5 kills, 317 Spitfire hours by May '43, 489 hrs total landing accident 13/3, KIA 28/5
W/O CR Briggs RAAF 457 2 (2/5, 20/6) joined sqn Dec '42, ex 131 Sqn RAF; 22 sweeps & 3 combats in UK, claiming 1 damaged landing accident 18/3
F/O AK Brook RAF 54 1 (28/6) joined sqn as P/O new graduate in '42; attached to 457 Jun-Jul '43 KIFA 29/1/44
W/C CR Caldwell DFC & Bar RAAF Wing 7 (2/3, 2/5, 20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 17/8) ex 250 Sqn & CO 112 Sqn; 81 combats in North Africa with 20 kills; acting wing CO 24/6; awarded DSO; posted out 26/9
Sgt JFH Cavanagh RAF 54 1 (2/5) joined sqn early '42, new graduate crash-landed 2/5
F/O IC Chandler RAAF 457 nil joined sqn Aug '43, ex OTU instructor  
F/O TF Clark RAAF 457 2 (28/5, 28/6) ex sergeant pilot; joined sqn Dec '41 ex 58 OTU; 24 sweeps in UK, 200 Spitfire hours by May '43; 396 hrs in total by Jun '43 belly-landed 28/6, nervous collapse & withdrawn from ops
F/L JR Cock DFC RAF Wing nil An Australian in RAF; attached to wing to train pilots in gunnery  
F/O KL Colyer RAAF 452 2 (20/6, 28/6) joined sqn Apr '42, nil ops in UK  
Sgt WM Coombes RAAF 452 2 (10/8, 7/9) joined sqn ex 41 Sqn, claiming 1 damaged; 170 Spitfire hrs by Mar '43, 357 hrs in total; made P/O Aug '43 Landing accident 23/3
Sgt AE Cooper RAF 54 1 (15/3) joined sqn Dec '42, new graduate Landing accident 5/2, KIA 15/3
F/O GJ Cowell RAAF 54 2 (30/6, 7/9) joined sqn Apr '43, ex 123 & 54 Sqns RAF; 158 Spitfire hrs by Jun '43, 316 hrs in total Forced-landing 28/6
F/Sgt KS Cross RAAF 452 3 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6) joined sqn by Feb '43, ex OTU; 190 Spitfire hours by Jun '43, 400 hrs in total Crash-landing 30/6
F/Sgt RL Cunningham RAAF 457 1 (28/6) joined sqn Mar '43 ex 501 Sqn; 6 sweeps& nil combats in UK; 390 hrs in total by Sep '43; made P/O May '43 landing accident 7/9
F/O DF Downes RAAF 452 1 (20/6) ex sergeant pilot, joined 452 Oct '41 ex 57 OTU, 2 combats in UK; 265 Spitfire hrs by May '43, 482 hrs in total landing accident 23/5
F/Sgt CR Duncan RAAF 452 1 (30/6) appears in sqn flight lists in May '43; ex 61 OTU, 145 Spitfire hours by Jun '43, & 356 hrs in total by May taxying accident 29/5; bail out 30/6
F/O DR Edwards RAAF 457 4 (20/6, 28/6, 6/7, 18/7) joined sqn Nov '41 ex OTU; 30 sweeps & 5 combats in UK, 290 Spitfire hrs by May '43; made F/L by June 43
Sgt WH Eldred RAF 54 2 (2/3, 2/5) original member, new graduate; made F/Sgt by Jul '43  
F/O DF Evans RAAF 452 3 (2/5, 20/6, 28/6) joined sqn Nov '41, 8 sweeps & 2 combats in UK, with 1/12th kill; made F/L May '43, OC 'A' Flight 26.7.43; 230 Spitfire hours by Jul '43, 515 hrs total forced-landing (engine failure) 13/12/42, crash-landing (undercarriage failure) 23/7, taxying accident 8/9
P/O GC Farries RAF 54 2 (2/5, 7/9) original member, new graduate shot down 2/5
P/O FM Feuerheerdt RAAF 457 1 (6/11) joined sqn Sep '43 ex 1OTU (instructor)  
F/O WH Ford RAAF 452 nil joined sqn early 1942 ex 53 OTU; nil ops in UK; 186 Spitfire hrs at death, 386 hrs in total KIFA 5/3
F/L RW Foster RAF 54 7 (5/2, 15/3, 20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) OC 'B' Flight; ex 605 Sqn Battle of Britain, 3.5 kills; 550 Hurricane hours pre 54; awarded DFC
Sgt P Fox RAF 54 2 (2/5, 23/5) original member, ex 124 Sqn RAF Bailed out 2/5 (CSU)
P/O KJ Fox RAAF 452 4 (2/5, 20/6, 28/6, 7/9) 65 ops with 124 & 174 Sqns in UK; 320 Spitfire hrs by May '43, 490 in total; made F/O by Jun '43 shot down 2/5
P/O J Garden RAF 54 1 (20/6) joined sqn Jun '43, 3 kills in UK  
S/L EM Gibbs RAF 54 5 (2/3, 2/5, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7) CO 54 Sqn, awarded DFC  
F/O GLC Gifford RAAF 457 1 (2/5) ex sergeant pilot, joined sqn Sep '41 ex OTU, claimed 2 damaged; 455 hrs in total by May'43 KIA 2/5
F/O AP Goldsmith DFC DFM RAAF 452 3 (15/3, 2/5, 7/9) joined sqn Dec '42, ex sergeant pilot on Malta - 26 combats & 11 kills; made F/L, flight commander, & acting CO in Sep '43; 367 Spitfire hrs by May '43, 510 hrs total shot down & injured 2/5
F/O JG Gould RAAF 452 1 (15/3) joined sqn Mar '42 ex 275 (Lysanders); nil ops in UK; 342 hrs in total by Feb '43 night flying landing crash 17/2, landing accident 23/11
F/O AJ Gould RAAF 457 1 (6/11) joined sqn Oct '43 ex 2 OTU (instructor); 789 hrs in total by Nov '43 takeoff accident 23/11 (fatal)
F/O RHW Gregory RAAF 457 3 (2/5, 17/8, 7/9) ex sergeant pilot, joined sqn Mar '43 ex 610 Sqn; 2 sweeps & 1 combat in UK with 0.5 kills, 140 Spitfire hours by May '43
F/L ES Hall RAAF 452 6 (15/3, 2/5, 20/6, 30/6, 6/7) OC 'A' Flight; joined sqn Jan '43 ex 129 Sqn, 50 sweeps in UK, shot down twice, 2 kills; posted out 25/7
F/O WJ Halse RAAF 457 2 (20/6, 28/6) ex sergeant pilot, joined sqn May '42 ex 152 Sqn; nil ops in UK, 170 Spitfire hours by May '43, 363 hrs total by Jun; force-landed 28/6
F/O FD Hamilton RAAF 457 3 (15/3, 30/6, 6/7) joined sqn Jun '42 ex 131 Sqn; 3 sweeps & nil combats in UK, 250 Spitfire hours by May '43, 435 hrs in total by Jul '43 KIA 6/7
F/Sgt WS Hardwick RAAF 457 3 (2/5, 28/6, 30/6) joined sqn Dec '42 ex 452; 14 sweeps & nil combats in UK, 342 Spitfire hours by May '43 force-landed (glycol) 29/11/42; bailed out 2/5
F/O DR Hare RAAF 452 nil joined sqn Aug '43, ex 2 OTU  
F/Sgt C Harker RAF 54 3 (28/6, 30/6, 6/7) joined sqn Jun '53 shot down 30/6; night landing accident 3/9
F/O BF Hegarty RAAF 457 3 (28/6, 6/7, 18/7) joined sqn Apr '43 ex UK OTU; nil ops in UK, only 80 Spitfire hrs by May '43, 304 hrs in total by Jun '43 take off accident 14/6
F/O WT Hinds RAF 54 2 (6/7, 7/9) joined sqn Apr '43 ex 234 Sqn RAF, claimed 0.5 kills KIA 7/9
Sgt WE Holmes RAF 54 3 (20/6, 30/6, 7/9) joined sqn by May '43, new graduate shot down 30/6
F/Sgt G Horkin RAF 54 4 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7) original member, new graduate; made F/Sgt in NWA  
F/Sgt GC Huggard RAF 54 4 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7) joined sqn Apr '43  
F/O MC Hughes RAF 54 2 (20/6, 28/6) joined sqn Mar '43 as P/O; made F/O in NWA by June  
Sgt EE Hutchinson RAAF 452 nil joined sqn Dec '42 ex 234 Sqn (UK) KIFA 27/1
S/L KE James RAAF 457 4 (2/5, 6/7, 18/7, 17/8) CO 452 Sqn; joined sqn Sep '41; 40 sweeps & 6 combats in UK, with 0.5 kills; 400 Spitfire hours by May '43
F/Sgt JR Jenkins RAAF 457 2 (28/5, 17/8) joined 452 Apr '42 ex 61 OTU, nil ops in UK, 160 Spitfire hours by May '43 ; made P/O Sep '43
F/Sgt JF Kelman RAF 54 nil joined sqn Jun '43 landing accident 3/2 & 3/9; killed later in the war
F/Sgt JC King RAAF 452 2 (6/7, 7/9) joined sqn Mar '43 ex 41 Sqn RAF; 506 hrs by Dec '43, 322 on Spits landing accident 11/12
Sgt Lambert RAF 54 1 (20/6) joined sqn Jun '43, new graduate  
F/O WJ Lamerton RAAF 452 nil joined sqn early '42; 1 combat in UK (shot down & claiming 1 damaged); 264 Spitfire hrs by Jun '43, 464 hrs in total KIFA 30/6
Sgt SCJ Laundy RAF 54 3 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6) joined sqn May '43, ex OTU; 370 hrs total by Jun'43 shot down 30/6
F/O JD Lenagen RAF 54 3 (2/3, 2/5, 6/7) original member crash-landing 2/5
F/O HO Leonard RAF 54 2 (20/6, 7/9) original member, new graduate, joined sqn as P/O  
F/O NC Ligertwood RAAF 457 nil joined Aug '43, ex OTU instructor  
F/Sgt B Little RAAF 457 7 (2/5, 10/5, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 17/8, 7/9) joined sqn Mar '42 ex 52 OTU; 21 sweeps & 2 combats in UK (shot up by German fighters); 177 Spitfire hours by May '43, 385 hrs in total; made P/O May '43
F/O CP Lloyd RAAF 452 5 (15/3, 20/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) joined late late '41; 2 combats in UK, claiming 1/12th kill; 360 Spitfire hrs by Jul '43, 537 hrs total shot down 15/3 & 6/7; taxying accident 29/5
S/L RS MacDonald RAAF 452 6 (2/5, 20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) joined sqn 18.3.43 ex 25 Sqn, CO 452 Sqn 30.3.43; 142 Spitfire hrs by Jan '44, 1480 hrs in total (1097 on Wirraways) shot down 7/9
F/O IS Mackenzie RAAF 457 4 (28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) joined sqn May '42 ex OTU; 6 sweeps & 1 combat in UK, claiming 1 damaged, 350 Spitfire & Hurricane hours by May '43, 575 hrs in total by Aug '43 landing accident 31/8
F/L DH Maclean RAAF 457 6 (7/3, 20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 7/9, 6/11) OC 'B' Flight; joined sqn Sep '41 ex 57 OTU; 43 sweeps & 10 combats in UK, claiming 2 probable; 350 Spitfire hrs by May '43
Sgt AC MacPherson RAAF 457 2 (2/5, 28/6) joined sqn May '42; nil ops in UK, 130 Spitfire hours by May '43  
W/O CV Madigan RAAF 457 1 (6/11) joined sqn ex 131 Sqn Oct '43  
F/Sgt B Mahoney RAF 54 2 (5/2, 7/9) original member; made P/O Apr '43; F/O by Sep '43  
F/L PS Makin RAF 452 3 (2/5, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7) an Australian in RAF; ex Sergeant pilot; OC 'B' Flight, founder member of Sqn; 69 ops in UK & 488 Spitfire hours by Jul '43; posted out 28/7 forced-landing 2/5 & 6/7
F/O GA Mawer RAAF 452 3 (15/3, 2/5, 20/6) joined 54 ca Mar '43 ex 501 Sqn (UK); 80 operational hours in UK with 1 kill; joined 452 Apr '43; 536 hrs in total by Jun '43, 300 Spitfire hrs by Aug '43 belly-landing due enemy action 20/6; landing accident 2/8; KIFA 26/9
Sgt PF McCarthy RAF 54 nil joined sqn Apr '42 ex OTU Killed in landing collision 5/2
F/Sgt FRJ McDowell RAAF 457 5 (7/3, 15/3, 20/6, 28/6, 6/7) joined sqn Dec '41 ex 61 OTU; 3 sweeps & nil combats in UK, 240 Spitfire hours by May '43, 450 hrs total; made P/O by Jun '43 KIA 6/7
F/O AC McNab RAAF 452 1 (2/5) joined sqn ex 19 Sqn, nil combats in UK; 354 hrs in total at death KIFA 2/5
F/Sgt AG Millar RAF 54 nil original member; made P/O  
Sgt EM Moore RAAF 452 nil joined sqn Mar '42 ex 52 OTU, nil ops in UK; 159 Spitfire hrs at death, 378 hrs in total KIFA (glycol leak) 6/3
Sgt DA Monger RAF 54 2 (30/6, 7/9) original member, new graduate  
F/Sgt IS Morse RAAF 457 2 (2/5, 10/5) joined 457 Apr '42 ex 452; 28 sweeps & 7 combats in UK, 230 Spitfire hours by May '43, 484 hrs in total by Oct '43; made P/O May '43 forced down in combat10/5; landing accident (CSU) 31/10
F/O LG Munro RAAF 457 nil ex sergeant pilot, joined sqn Jan '42 ex 57 OTU; 25 sweeps & 5 combats in UK, 250 hrs on Spitfires by May '43
F/L JS Newton RAAF 457 4 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 17/8) joined sqn Oct '41, ex 53 OTU; 38 sweeps & 7 combats in UK, 290 Spitfire hours by May '43; made F/L Apr '43
Sgt WE Nichterlein RAAF 452 2 (2/5, 20/6) joined sqn Mar '43, ex 52 OTU (UK); 145 Spitfire hrs at death, 380 in total crash-landing 2/5, KIA 20/6
F/L R Norwood RAF 54 5 (15/3, 23/5, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) OC 'A' Flight ; 0.5 kills in UK  
F/Sgt PA Padula RAAF 452 1 (17/8) joined sqn by May '43  
Sgt Powell RAF 54 1 (7/9) new graduate, joined sqn Jul '43  
P/O SW Reilly RAAF 457 1 (28/6) ex sergeant pilot; joined sqn Sep '41 ex 57 OTU; 22 sweeps & several combats in UK (shot down); 420 Spitfire hours by May '43
Sgt AR Richardson RAAF 452 4 (20/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) joined sqn Apr '43, ex OTU; 165 Spitfire hrs by Jul '43, 370 in total bailed-out 6/7, take-off accident 2/10
P/O NF Robinson RAAF 457 3 (15/3, 30/6, 6/7) ex sergeant pilot; joined sqn Jan '42 ex 53 OTU; 27 sweeps & 6 combats in UK, 230 Spitfire hours by May '43, 440 hrs in total at death; made F/O by Jun '43 KIA 6/7
F/Sgt AT Ruskin-Rowe RAAF 452 1 (20/6) joined Apr '43 ex 131 Sqn; 'many ops' with Tangmere Wing; joined sqn as Sgt; 420 hrs in total at death KIA 20/6
F/O JH Smithson RAAF 457 3 (20/6, 7/9, 12/11) joined sqn Mar '43, ex 616 Sqn (Tangmere Wing); 39 sweeps & 12 combats in UK with 1 kill
Sgt GH Spencer RAF 54 3 (2/5, 6/7, 7/9) joined sqn Apr '43; made F/Sgt by Sep '43 crash-landing 2/5
F/Sgt RS Stagg RAAF 452 1 (2/5) nil combats in UK bailed-out 2/5
Sgt HW Stockley RAAF 452 nil   mid-air collision 27/1
F/Sgt CA Studley RAF 54 1 (6/7) original member '42  
F/O IS Taylor RAF 54 2 (15/3, 2/5) joined sqn Dec '42 at latest; 0.5 kills in UK  
F/O I Thompson RAF 54 3 (28/6, 30/6, 6/7) joined sqn May '43; made F/L  
S/L RE Thorold-Smith DFC RAAF 452 1 (15/3) CO 452 Sqn from 18.3.42; founder member of Sqn; 510 Spitfire hrs at death, 747 hrs in total KIA 15/3
F/O JA Tuckson RAF 54 2 (2/5, 20/6) original member '42; made F/L Jun '43  
P/O PD Tully RAAF 452 5 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6, 6/7, 7/9) ex sergeant pilot; joined sqn ex OTU; 348 total hours by Feb '43, 443 hrs by Sep; crash-landing (engine failure) 21/2; shot down 7/9
F/Sgt FW Turnbull RAAF 452 1 (30/6) joined sqn by Feb '43 at latest  
F/O WJ Turner RAAF 457 1 (28/5) joined sqn May '42 ex 53 OTU; only 254 hrs in total by Mar '43, 334 hours by Aug taxying accident 7/3; crash-landing (engine failure) 18/8; KIFA 1/4/45
Sgt LH Utber RAAF 452 1 (7/9) joined sqn Feb '43 ex 61 OTU  
F/Sgt FL Varney RAF 54 1 (15/3) original member KIA 15/3
F/O GD Wall RAF 54 1 (2/5) original member Ditched 2/5
G/C AL Walters AFC RAAF Wing 2 (2/3, 20/6) CO 1 Fighter Wing ex 2 OTU  
F/O AE Watkin RAAF 452 1 (28/6) joined sqn ex OTU, 213 Spitfire hrs by Aug '43, 400 hrs in total landing accident 5/8
F/L PH Watson DFC RAAF 457 8 (15/3, 10/5, 28/5, 20/6, 30/6, 6/7, 17/8, 7/9) OC 'A' Flight; joined sqn Jun '41 ex 57 OTU; 50 sweeps & 'many' combats in UK with 0.5 damaged; 450 Spitfire hours by May '43
F/Sgt RW Watson RAAF 457 5 (15/3, 10/5, 20/6, 6/7, 17/8) joined 452 early '42 ex 53 OTU; joined 457 May '42; few if any ops in UK; made P/O Aug '43
P/O JC Wellsman RAF 54 1 (30/6) ex sergeant pilot; joined sqn Apr '42 KIA 30/6
Sgt Whalley RAF 54 1 (7/9) new graduate, joined sqn Jul '43  
F/Sgt DM Wheeler RAF 54 2 (20/6, 28/6) new graduate, ex 55 OTU, joined sqn in UK as Sgt  
F/O RH Whillans RAAF 452 3 (20/6, 28/6, 30/6) joined sqn late 1941, 2 combats in UK  
F/Sgt FC White RAAF 457 3 (28/5, 20/6, 7/9) joined 452 Mar '42 ex 41 Sqn, nil ops in UK; joined 457 Mar 1943; 298 hrs in total by Mar '43 taxying accident 19/3
F/Sgt HO Whiting RAAF 457 1 (6/11) joined sqn Sep '43, 1st ops posting, ex RAAF HQ, with 695 hours; made P/O bailed out (glycol) 5/9
F/Sgt JM Wickman RAF 54 3 (28/6, 30/6, 6/7) joined sqn Dec '42 at latest shot down 6/7, bailed-out (out of fuel) 23/7
F/O HR Williams RAAF 452 2 (15/3, 20/6) joined 452 Oct '41 ex 57 OTU, 2 combats in UK bail-out (glycol) 23/6
F/O FJ Young RAAF 452 2 (28/6, 10/8) joined sqn Apr 42 ex 58 OTU, nil ops in UK  
         
    108 pilots saw action