Ralph Vardon NORBURY


NORBURY, Ralph Vardon

Service Number: Cadet
Enlisted: 1 January 1928
Last Rank: Air Cadet
Last Unit: 1 Service Flying Training School
Born: Atherton, Queensland, Australia, 22 February 1914
Home Town: Manly, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Accident, Laverton, Victoria, Australia, 6 December 1939, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Williamstown (General) Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
C of E Plot - Compartment U - Lane 345 - Grave 2 (GRM/3)
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World War 2 Service

1 Jan 1928: Involvement
1 Jan 1928: Enlisted
3 Sep 1931: Discharged
3 Sep 1939: Involvement
11 Nov 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Air Cadet, SN Cadet, 1 Service Flying Training School

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Born in 1914, Ralph Vardon Norbury joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1928 as a Cadet Midshipman and served until 1931

In November 1939 he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Air Cadet (trainee pilot), he was killed while flying in Westland Wapiti aircraft A5-35 from Number 1 Flying Training School based at Point Cook

The aircraft crashed after dropping out of formation; Cadet Norbury was believed to have been flying on the right of formation of three aircraft flown solo by cadets. During a gentle turn to the right he was not again sighted by the other pilots until the crash occurred near Laverton