Francis Russell ('Speed') OPRAY

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OPRAY, Francis Russell

Service Number: 428503
Enlisted: 6 November 1942
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 86 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Caulfield, Victoria, 14 September 1924
Home Town: Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Townsville, Queensland, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 9 August 1945, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Sydney Memorial, Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

6 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 428503, Aircrew Training Units
6 Nov 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 428503
9 Aug 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 428503, No. 86 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Pilot Officer Francis Russell Opray 428503 of 86 Squadron RAAF was killed when Mustang A68-501 crashed into the sea off Cape Palleranda, Queensland during a Test Flight

His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on Panel 5 of the Sydney Memorial