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454 RAAF Squadron Desert Air Force in the Middle East


Warrant Officer Donald (Don) George HEATH


Service No. 417835


Date of Birth:   9 December 1923


Place of Birth:  Unley, South Australia


Place of Enlistment: Adelaide


Date of Enlistment:  18 Jul 1942


Date of Discharge:   18 Dec 1945



The Crew:



418728 Pilot Officer -- RG (Reg) Withers - Pilot

429344 Flying Officer -- HJ (Bert) Nowill - Observer Nav (B)

417835 Warrant Officer -- DG (Don) Heath - WAG

Tom Marron (RAF) Air Gunner


Reg Withers and his crew flew operational sorties with 454 RAAF Baltimore Squadron on the Italian East Coast and over the Po River Valley and Lombardy Plains during the final battles of the Italian campaign, mainly in a night intruder role, from 14.11.44 till 2.5.45 when the Axis armies surrendered.


454 RAAF Baltimore (Bomber) Squadron - Wing Desert Air Force

based at Cesenatico Italy while supporting British 8th Army's drive North and N/W in the final battles of the Italian Campaign 1945.

L-R: Don Heath WAG, John Maxman,

Bert Nowill Nav B, Reg Withers Pilot


In the snow at Cesinatico


Reg Withers in a Baltimore


Beafighter (flying over Fiume in the former Yugoslavia [a nearby city to Trieste -Italy] - is now known as Rijeka - in Croatia)



Don Heath and his wife Marion

(Penny Griffiths - 454-459 Assoc. Centre)

at the 2006 Anzac Day Luncheon - Glenmore Hotel Sydney


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Donald G HEATH