Rupert Frederick Arding (Derick) DOWNES

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DOWNES, Rupert Frederick Arding

Service Number: 402660
Enlisted: 18 September 1940, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: 1 (Middle East) Training School RAF
Born: Camden, New South Wales, 18 August 1919
Home Town: Camden, Camden, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Accidental (plane crash), Egypt, 7 October 1942, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt
Plot 4, Row B, Grave 15
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brownlow Hill War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 402660, Sydney, New South Wales
17 Feb 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 402660, No. 450 Squadron (RAAF), Embarked for Egypt
7 Oct 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 402660, 1 (Middle East) Training School RAF, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography

450 Squadron. Plane was Hurricane Z4031

Rank - Sergeant

Medals: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal

Also served in the Militia from 1938 till enlistining on 18/9/1940

Son of Rupert Frederick Arding Downes and Katie May Elizabeth Coghill Downes, of Camden, New South Wales