Robert Nason NEILL

NEILL, Robert Nason

Service Number: 404255
Enlisted: 19 July 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 258 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Roma, QLD, 21 December 1916
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Southport School
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Flying Battle, Ceylon, 5 April 1942, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Colombo (Kanatte) General Cemetery, Sri Lanka
6B O 6, Kanatte General Cemetery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Surat Memorial Gate WW2 Honour Roll, Surat Remembrance Wall, Surat War Memorial, The Freedom Tree Surat
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World War 2 Service

19 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 404255, Aircrew Training Units
3 Apr 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 404255, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
2 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 404255, No. 258 Squadron (RAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John and Annie Mary Neill, of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia. His brother William Bager Neill also fell.

A YOUNG AND GALLANT LIFE GIVEN IN DEFENCE OF HIS MOTHERLAND

AMBERLEY PILOT HURT.
A trainee at the Amberley flying school suffered injuries when a machine ran into a drain at the end of the aerodrome yesterday morning. He was Robert Nason Neill (23), who was admitted to the Ipswich General Hospital later suffering from bruises about the face. It is understood that he was attempting to take off, but the plane did not rise and  overshot the runway. In the crash into the drain some damage was done to the machine.

ROMA SOLDIER'S
DEATH ABROAD
The many friends of Pilot-Officer Robert Nason Neill will regret to hear that his mother, Mrs. John Neill, of Frogmoor, Surat, has received advice from the Air Ministry of his death in air operations abroad. He is the youngest son of the late Mr. John Neill and Mrs. Neill. He was educated at Southport School, and soon after the outbreak of war enlisted, and was  trained under the Empire Air Training Scheme, finishing his course at a new flying school in Queensland. He was 25 years of age.

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