Flying Officer Kenneth Joseph WIBLIN

459 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 422068

Date of Birth: 8 Dec 1921

Place of Birth: COONAMBLE, NSW

Date of Enlistment: 24 Apr 1942

Date of Discharge: 4 Mar 1946

Rank: Flying Officer

Date of Death: Died - 12 Jul1998

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Crew:
  • Reg Calvert - Pilot

  • Ken Wiblin - NavB

  • Roy Mahoney - WAG

  • Ross Smith - WAG

Ken Wiblin's 459 crew were involved in the day/night harassment of the many strong but beleaguered German garrisons still occupying and fiercely defending Aegean and Cretan strongholds.  Once very early in 1945, whilst dropping leaflets over heavily defended Western Crete, they were hit by flak and force-landed on an undefended and heavily pock marked airstrip in Eastern Crete. They were welcomed, garlanded and feted by local partisan communities as eagerly awaited forerunners of Allied re-occupation forces.  Newspaper articles [see below] and photographs recorded their triumphant reception.

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