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454 RAAF Squadron


Flight Sargeant Colin Ware EVANS


Service No. 421 797


Date of Birth: 23.7.17, Place of Birth: Bronte, NSW,

Date of Enlistment: 28.3.1942 - Sydney NSW,

Next of Kin at time of enlistment: Violet Evans,

Date of Death 12.4.45,

Rank - Flight Sergeant - Posting on Death 454 Sqn.


The following excerpt from Alamein to the alps by Mark Lax


"Friday the 13th of April would become known and recorded in the Unit Operational Record Book as Black Friday. It was not just because US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had died, but the Squadron lost two crews while attacking targets on the Po River and almost another. Warrant Officer Col Evans flying FW740:O with Warrant Officers John O’Keefe and Ed Murphy and Flying Officer Errol Johnston were tasked to bomb Portonuovo, approximately 10 miles due east of Bologna. Nothing further was heard of crew or aircraft. Later that night, Flying Officer Jim Duffy with navigator Flying Officer Phil Hemsley and wireless operator gunners Warrant Officers Gordon Adam and Ken Nunn-Patrick flying FW716:Q. took off to bomb Argenta and conduct armed reconnaissance of the roads in the northern Italian battle area. Later the wreckage was located near Medicina – the aircraft had crashed in flames and exploded - and three of the crew found and buried, but there was no sign of Duffy, and his body was never recovered. "



The following email has been received by Penny Griffiths and is also posted on our "News/Questions" page - can you help?


Colin W EVANS