Warrant Officer Frank Straiton SODEN

454 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 404379

Date of Birth: 4 Nov 1918

Place of Birth: BRISBANE, QLD

Date of Enlistment: 16 Aug 1940

Date of Discharge: 5 Feb 1945

Rank: Warrant Officer

Date of Death: 04 May 2000

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Frank Soden was an "early bird" in the Middle East.  He served with No.69 RAF Squadron on Malta, having been a member of an original crew (Blenheim V) with 454 Squadron RAAF when it began "working up" to operational strength and standards at Quirra, near Mosul and the vast Mesopotamian Oil fields, the prize for which the German armies in Southern Russia and Rommel's Eastern push for Egypt and the Delta area were striving in 1942 until both drives were stopped at Sebastopol and Alamein.

Mac, Jim and Frank Soden - 454/459 boys

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