Ronald Lionel Lister BODIE


BODIE, Ronald Lionel Lister

Service Number: 401487
Enlisted: 28 February 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 42 Squadron RAAF
Born: Campbelltown, New South Wales, 5 April 1922
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Makassar, Java, 14 October 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
No known grave - Memorial Column B
Memorials: Ambon Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

28 Feb 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 401487, Melbourne, Victoria
1 Mar 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 401487
14 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 401487, No. 42 Squadron RAAF, Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Ronald Lionel Lister BODIE was born on 5th April, 1922 in Campbelltown, NSW

His parents were Albert Frank Lionel BODIE and Elsie Gertrude McGLASHAN who married in 1917 in Victoria

He enlisted in Melbourne on 28th February, 1942 with the RAAF 

Ronald was a Flying Officer in the crew of a Catalina A24-90 which took off from Darwin on a mission against Makasssar in the Celebes - they failed to return to base and later it was found that they had been shot down by machine gun fire over enemy occupied territory - only 3 crew members survived and they were taken as Prisoners of War by the Japanese

He was listed as missing presumed dead on 14th October, 1944 at Makassar, Java, East Indies

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Ambon Memorial

His father Sqd.Ldr. Albert Lionel BODIE (/explore/people/797264) b. 1881 Warwick, England was a Squadron Leader in the RAAF (SN2928) enlisted 14th Sept. 1925