PAINTING, Allen John

Service Number: 412673
Enlisted: 20 July 1941
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 180 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Whitton New South Wales Australia , 9 February 1917
Home Town: Whitton, Leeton, New South Wales
Schooling: Leeton Intermediate High School, New South Wales, Australia (1930-33)
Occupation: Truck Driver
Died: Flying Battle, Le Treauville France, 26 November 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Cherbourg Old Communal Cemetery France
Plot 6. Row G. Grave 8. Local Roll of Honour- Whitton New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leeton ANZAC Memorial Clock Tower and Memorial, Leeton Mountford Park WW2 Memorial, Whitton War Memorial Gates and Playground
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, 412673
20 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 412673, No. 2 Initial Training School Bradfield Park
20 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, 412673
29 Oct 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 412673, No. 180 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
25 Nov 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Warrant Officer Allen John Painting (1917 - 1943)

Warrant Officer Allen John Painting enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 20 July 1941. After a short period of elementary training, he travelled to Canada for further training under the Empire Air Training Scheme. In March 1943, Warrant Officer painting travelled to England for operational training. He went on to serve as a wireless air gunner with 180 Squadron. On 26 November 1943, during his first operational flight, Warrant Officer Painting was killed when his aircraft was shot down near Cherbourg, Normandy, France. He is buried at Cherbourg Old Communal Cemetery.


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