Service Number: 431408
Enlisted: 2 July 1943, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 19 June 1925
Home Town: Ivanhoe, Banyule, Victoria
Schooling: Preston Technical School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Junior law clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Netherlands East Indies, 6 April 1945, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Northern Territory Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

2 Jul 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 431408, Melbourne, Victoria
6 Apr 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 431408, No. 24 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Liberator aircraft A72-77 of Number 24 Squadron was shot down over Soemba Strait in the Netherlands East Indies with 11 crew on board.  Two crewmen survived bailing out - Warrant Officer Vickers 401867 (discharged October 1945) & Flight Sergeant Sayer 30337 (discharged November 1945)

The survivors were picked up by Catalina flying boat A24-54 of 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight Darwin but that aircraft was subsequently destroyed by strafing from a Japanese fighter with the loss of crewman Sergeant Jones 34647.  Another Catalina from 43SQN landed an hour later to pick up Vickers & Sayer and the surviving crew from A24-54 plus Warrant Officer Shilling 406816 from Liberator A72-81 which had been shot down on the same mission. After a running battle with Japanese fighters the second Catalina reached Darwin with no more fatalities.

All those killed in this action from Liberator A72-77 are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT -

Warrant Officer Alan Noel John Collins 424373 - Son of William Young Collins and Eva Collins of Crows Nest, NSW

Flight Lieutenant Lance Dixon Crowther 403560 - Son of Philip Dixon and Winifred Emily Crowther of Lindfield, NSW

Flight Sergeant Ian Faichnie 431408 - Son of Alexander Faulkner Faichnie and Florence Emily Faichnie of Ivanhoe, Victoria

Flight Lieutenant Valentine Ford 255138 - Son of Francis Charles and Louisa Ann Ford of Eden Hill, South Australia

Flying Officer Bernard Thomas Jordan 407825 - Son of Ernest Edward and Lydia Agnes Jordan & Husband of Kathleen Mona Jordan of Dulwich, South Australia

Flight Lieutenant William Laing 406568 - Son of William and Margaret Liddell Laing of Mosman Park, Western Australia

Flight Sergeant Leslie Raine 439612 - Son of Percy and Margaret Raine of Earlwood, NSW

Flight Sergeant John Munro Waddell 443444 - Son of John and Elsie May Waddell of Ryde, NSW

Flight Sergeant Keith Jowett White 433632 - Son of Frederick James White and Elsie May White of Bankstown, NSW