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454 RAAF Squadron Italy


Flight Lieutenant A.H. (Tony) White


Service No. 400600


(Died 8th September 1997)

Crew:

George Railton - Pilot (RAF)

John Matthews - Observer

Tony White - WAG

Murray Hancock - WAG




Tony White enlisted 18th August 1940 and trained at Narromine NSW and in Canada as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner.  In May 1942 he was involved in the first 1000 RAF Bomber Command attack on Cologne, Germany. 

Posted to the Middle East he joined the initial 300 personnel posted to 454 RAAF Blenheim Squadron in Palestine; it moved then to Iraq (Quiarra) and back to Egypt, where it was re-equipped with Baltimore Mark IIIs for search and strike daylight convoy escort, and long range reconnaissance sorties in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas with George Railton RAF as Pilot.


On Tony's 48th sortie on 3lst December,1943, his aircraft was attacked twice in the Aegean sea by separate pairs of German ME109 fighters.  The Baltimore crew with Tony manning the upper turret (immobilised twice during the attacks) fought its way clear reaching base but with considerable damage and Tony wounded.  Tony was "demobbed" as Flight Lieutenant 17th December,1945.  Railton's immediate  DFC indicated the success he achieved in getting back to base.




Post-war Tony trained in Forestry at the Universities of Adelaide and Canberra receiving BSc and Dip. For. awards in 1951.  He retired in 1975 as District Forester at Mt. Gambier, South Australia.

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When Ken Rimmer visited Australia in 1990 he made contact with Bob Mitchell and Jack Stacey in Adelaide. Ken joined them in the Anzac Day march with ex 454 members.


After the parade they all met at Jack's for a barbeque as follows:


Back Left to Right:  Cliff Spiers, Ken Rimmer, Bill Kenwick, Bob Mitchell, ? Not Known, Alan White and Bill Noyce


Front Left to Right:

Alan Godfrey, Jack Stacey, Brian Ball and Vic Cashmore

 


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A. H. WHITE