Flight Lieutenant Ronald Henry (Fritz) MUNNICH
459 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 425038
Date of Birth: 8 Mar 1920
Place of Birth: ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
Date of Enlistment: 7 Dec 1941
Date of Discharge: 10 Dec 1945
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Date of Death: 08 Dec 2011
The Information below was provided to the Association by Linda Dennison and Wendy Lawes (Ron’s daughters).
Before WWII commenced, Ron’s father, Louie Munnich, (a WWI Veteran) realised that another war was coming and suggested Ron join the army reserve and learn how to shoot – a skill that comes in handy during a war. In 1941 he joined the airforce. Ron completed his initial training in Australia and then was posted to Canada to finalise his training.
Ron was posted with the 459 Squadron to Egypt and spent his time there flying with various teams and in various planes as a machine gun operator and Morse code operator. He spent his recreation time visiting the magnificent tourist spots in Egypt.
He was lucky enough to be in London when peace in Europe was declared and if one looks very closely at the cinefilm in Trafalgar Square when Winston Churchill was telling thousands of weary veterans and local people that peace in Europe has been declared, you might notice Ron standing with several dozen others beside Nelson’s column.
He was about to be posted to the Pacific region when peace in the Pacific was declared.
After Ron settled into married life he spent the next 25 years working voluntarily for the Queensland Ambulance and St John’s Ambulance Brigade teaching and practicing First Aid. Ron received from the Grand Priory of the Venerable Order of St John the commendations of “Serving Brother” in January 1972 and the “Officer Brother” in December 1978.
Note – F/Lt R.M. Munnich, RAAF mentioned in “Desert Scorpions – Chapter 16 ‘The Aegean Cleared’ Pages 442 and 465