Ronald Edward Robert FOUNTAIN


FOUNTAIN, Ronald Edward Robert

Service Number: 421195
Enlisted: 31 January 1942
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia, 27 October 1922
Home Town: Rylstone, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Garage Attendant
Died: Flying Battle, Adriatic Sea, 6 December 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Malta Memorial, Floriana
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 421195
31 Jan 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 421195, No. 2 Initial Training School
6 Oct 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 421195, Emb. Sydney for Canada
19 Mar 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
19 Sep 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant
16 May 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 421195, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre
18 Sep 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Pilot Officer Ronald Edward Robert Fountain 421195 was killed when Mustang KH630 of 3SQN RAAF crashed approximately 50 miles off the Italian coast - his body was not recovered and he is commemorated on Panel 16, Column 1 of the Malta Memorial

Flight Lieutenant Roediger led a formation of eleven aircraft on a long-range strafing operation to Brod-Sarajevo in Yugoslavia that was scrubbed due to bad weather.  On the return leg they were all running low on fuel over the Adriatic but returned safely, except for Ron Fountain