Maurice Bert PROVEN

PROVEN, Maurice Bert

Service Number: 401050
Enlisted: 8 December 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 29 June 1917
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Malaya, 26 January 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Singapore Memorial, Singapore Col 422
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, 401050
8 Dec 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 401050, No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Maurice Bert Proven 401050 RAAF and Sergeant Lee 401769 RNZAF of 100SQN RAF were killed when Vickers Vildebeest K6386 was shot down near Endau, Malaya - their bodies were not recovered and they are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

Sergeant Graham Wolseley McCabe 408064 RAAF survived and became a Prisoner of War - he was discharged from the RAAF in December 1945

(First flown in 1928 the RAF Vickers Vildebeest was a large single-engined biplane used as a light bomber - the last few examples in service were flown against invading Japanese forces in Singapore and Java in early 1942)