Richard (Dick) DODDS

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DODDS, Richard

Service Number: 15452
Enlisted: 2 June 1940
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Born: Sunderland, England, 9 January 1915
Home Town: Vaucluse, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter and Turner
Died: Killed In Action (Naval Battle HSK Kormoran), Indian Ocean (HMAS Sydney), 20 November 1941, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geraldton HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

2 Jun 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452, RAAF Ground Training Units, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2 Jun 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452
2 Jun 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452
15 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452, No. 9 Squadron (RAAF), RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'
20 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452, HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2, RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 15452

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Biography contributed by Stephen Diver

Son of Richard Harvey Dodds (1884-1940) (Survived being Sunk by a German U-Boat twice with RN in Great War) and Elizabeth Alice McCree Dodds (1885-1969) (Nee Scott) of NSW. Sister to Winifried, Maisie and Elizabeth.

Also Listed on HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton Western Australia,9 RAAF Squadron Memorial at the Seaplane Memorial in Rathmines NSW, Waverley War Memorial,NSW and The ANZAC War Memorial,Sydney and AWM Canberra.

 

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Six members of Number 9 (Fleet Cooperation) Squadron RAAF based at Rathmines were deployed aboard HMAS Sydney to fly and maintain the ship's aircraft; they were all killed when HMAS Sydney and the German auxiliary cruiser HSK Kormoran engaged in a Naval battle in the Indian Ocean - Flying Officer (Pilot) Raymond Barker Barrey 407000 / Corporal Arthur John Clarke 7143 / Leading Aircraftman Richard Dodds 15452 / Corporal Roy Ebenezer Foster 9347 / Leading Aircraftman Keith Homard 35338 / Sergeant Sidney Marley 3967

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