Flight Lieutenant Harold HAWKINS

459 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 405128

Date of Birth: 18 Feb 1921

Place of Birth: TOOWOOMBA, QLD

Date of Enlistment: 2 Feb 1941

Date of Discharge: 26 Nov 1945

Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Date of Death: Unknown

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Crew:
  • Harry Hawkins- (Pilot)

  • Frank Granger - (Observer) - Canadian

  • Thomas "Tom" Hancock - (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) - U.K.

Crew: 
  • Harry Hawkins – Pilot

  • Bill Kirkham - Nav (B)

  • Alan Vardy - WAG

  • Bill Tee - WAG

Wing Commander C.A. (Alan) Vardy No.420307 served as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (WAG) in a 459 RAAF Squadron Hudson crew with Harry Hawkins as his pilot.  Harry later became famous as Air Vice Marshall OC of Ian Smith's Rhodesian Air Force post war, during the uprising leading to an independent Zimbabwe, under Mugabe.

 

Post War and on retirement he was posted as High Commissioner to South Africa.  He has since died.

Additional information about Harry can be found in the new book by Prof. Leon Kane-Maguire - "Desert Scorpions": Pages:  229, 244, 246, 252, 268 to 270, 274 to 275, 285 and 482

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