Donald Craig FARMER


FARMER, Donald Craig

Service Number: 416251
Enlisted: 28 April 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 1 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Mildura, Victoria, 3 September 1922
Home Town: Angaston, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: Angaston Primary, Nurioopta High & Scotch College
Occupation: Bank Clerk (Bank of Adelaide)
Died: Killed in Action (air combat), Penfoei, Timor, 9 July 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Coll. grave 7. B. 10-14
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Ambon Memorial, Angaston District WW2 Roll of Honour, Angaston WW1 & WW2 War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Nuriootpa District High School Memorial, Yorketown War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

28 Apr 1941: Involvement Aircraftman, SN 416251, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
28 Apr 1941: Enlisted Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jul 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 416251, No. 1 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, SN 416251, No. 1 Squadron (RAAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Donald Craig FARMER was born on 3rd September 1922 in Mildura, Victoria

His parents were Donald FARMER and Maud Alice LAXTON

He was living in Angaston, SA when he enlisted in Adelaide on 28th April, 1941 - his posting on death was 55 Operational Base & had previous service with the College Cadet Corp.  His brother Ralph Henry FARMER also served (RAN)

Flt/Sgt Farmer enlisted at Adelaide SA on 28 April 1941 and was killed in action when the aircraft in which he was a Wireless Air Gunner (WAG) flew into a mountain near Penfoei during a bombing raid on Timor on 9 July 1943. He was flying a Hudson A16-195 at the time

Mr. and Mrs. D. Farmer, of Angaston have been notified by the Air Board that their elder son, F-sgt. Donald C. Farmer, RAAF, who was previously reported missing on July 9 1943, following an operational flight over Timor, is now presumed to have lost his life on that date. He enlisted at 18 and saw service in 1943 at Milne Bay and Buna, flying the Owen Stanleys with supplies and bringing back wounded. In 1943 he was posted to No. 2 Hudson Squadron,  Darwin. He was 20 and was educated at Nuriootpa High School and Scotch College. At the time of his enlistment be was on the staff of the Bank of Adelaide. A younger brother is serving with the RAN.