Jack RICHARDS

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RICHARDS, Jack

Service Number: 409851
Enlisted: 10 October 1941, Melbourne
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Mildura, Victoria, 3 April 1922
Home Town: Williamstown, Victoria
Schooling: Williamstown State School & Williamstown High School; Melbourne Technical College
Occupation: Wool Classer
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Algeria, 27 November 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria
Plot I. Row F. Grave 3 - Panel 106 at the AWM
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1941: Involvement Aircraftman, SN 409851, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
10 Oct 1941: Enlisted Melbourne
19 Oct 1942: Embarked
3 Nov 1943: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 409851, No. 458 Squadron (RAAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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Biography

Father Albert Ernest  (Textile Foreman)  and   Mother Evelyn Lilian  (nee ________)
living at 2 Strand Street, Williamstown, Victoria

Prior to enlisting:  2 1/2 years Wool Classing course, Melbourne Technical College, VIC
                            Did gymnastics and weight lifting

Described on enlisting as 19 years 6 months old; 5' 3 1/4" tall; 119 lbs; dark-medium complexion;
blue eyes; dark medium hair; Presbyterian.

17/6/1941          completed medical  at No.4 Initial Training School  Victor Harbour
                          - Took OATH

10/10/1941        Enlisted at No.1 Recruting Centre, RAAF, Melbourne, Victoria
                          as Aircrew V

10/10/1941        No.4 Initial Training School

1/12/1941          Aircrew V (P)

31/1/1942          Aircrew II (P)

5/2/1942            No.3 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS)

5/4/1942            No.6 Service Flying Training School (SFTS)

2/7/1942            Received  FLYING BADGE

17/9/1942          Airmen Pilot
                          Promoted to Temporary Sergeant

17/10/1942        RAAF  -  Embarked from Sydney for England
10/12/1942        disembarked into Bridgenorth, UK

23/12/1942        Granted leave
5/1/1943            returned from leave

23/2/1943          No.15 (P) Australian Flying Unit (AFU)

17/3/1943          Promoted to Temporary Flying Sergeant

14/5/1943          Granted leave
17/5/1943          returned from leave

10/7/1943          Granted leave
19/7/1943          returned from leave

22/5/1943          Ground General Reconnaissance School, Bridgenorth

20/7/1943          to No.7 Operational Training Unit

23/9/1943          Granted leave
29/9/1943          returned from leave

3/11/1943          Middle East Pool,  458 Squadron

Based at El Shallufa in Egypt, the squadron was re-equipped with Wellingtons and trained in the techniques employed to attack ships and submarines with both bombs and torpedoes. Henceforth, 458 Squadron’s primary role was to seek out and attack enemy shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. In this role, its aircraft operated from airfields in Egypt, Malta, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Sardinia, Corsica, and Italy.

27/11/1943        Killed in flying battle, Cape Bougaroun area,  over Algeria
buried in:           Plot I, Row F, Grave 3
                          Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  2/12/2014.  Lest we forget.        

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