Ronald Edwin OBST


OBST, Ronald Edwin

Service Number: 437152
Enlisted: 7 November 1942
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No 2 Air Navigation School
Born: Nuriootpa, SA, 7 July 1913
Home Town: Berri, Berri and Barmera, South Australia
Schooling: Renmark School
Occupation: Distiller
Died: Accidental, Loxton, SA, Loxton, South Australia, Australia, 24 September 1943, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Mildura (Nichols Point) Public Cemetery, Victoria
Plot C. Row A. Grave 15., Mildura Public Cemetery, Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Alawoona RAAF Avro Anson W2481 Crash Site, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Berri Oval "Diver" Derrick VC Memorial Grandstand & Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

7 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 437152, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide
7 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 437152
23 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 437152, No 2 Air Navigation School, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

WAG Sergeant Ronald E. Obst was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J Obst of Adelaide. Mr. Obst was Sgt. R. E, Obst formerly manager for Media Irrigation Co. at Loxton. The family also lived at Renmark and Berri where Sgt. Obat was educated. He enlisted for the air crew in December 1941, being employed by the Berri Tarac company as a distiller. Sgt. Obst received his call up in November 1942. He commenced training in South Australia and later transferred to Victoria. He was promoted to sergeant, being transferred to another Victorian station. His training course was due to be completed in a few days.
The night when he met his death was the eighth anniversary of his marriage to Miss Verona Wilksch. In civil life Sgt. Obst who was 30 years of age, was a member of the Berri Brass Band, the Berri Rowing Club and the Berri Lutheran Church.

On Saturday 25th September 1943 at 2115 hours, an Avro Anson W2481, from 2 Air Navigation Sschool at Mildura, crashed 20 miles south of Loxton. Crew: W2481: 411766 FLYNN Lawrence Andrew F/O Pilot From Glenhuntly VIC 401832 RAPP Albert Nicholas P/O Observer From West Brunswick VIC 436065 BOWMAN John Vickery SGT Observer From Cottesloe WA 437152 OBST Ronald Edwin SGT Observer From Adelaide SA REPORTS: Official: Summary: The aircraft crashed during a night navigational training flight. Cause of crash: Unknown Eyewitness: None recorded.