Francis Archibald RANDALL DFC

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RANDALL, Francis Archibald

Service Number: 413896
Enlisted: 13 September 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Meadowbank Sydney New South Wales , 15 June 1922
Home Town: Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales
Schooling: Wollongong High School - University of Sydney (BSc)
Occupation: Student
Died: Flying Battle, Market Stainton United Kingdom, 16 December 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Grave 13916 Local Roll of Honour- Wollongong NSW
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

13 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 413896, No. 2 Initial Training School
14 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 413896, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
6 Dec 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, Aircrew Training Units
5 Sep 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, Aircrew Training Units
25 Sep 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, Aircrew Training Units
25 Mar 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, Aircrew Training Units
12 Jul 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 413896, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
4 Sep 1943: Imprisoned Air War NW Europe 1939-45, Repatriated 1st Oct 1943 from Stockholm to England - interred at Falum Internment Camp Sweden
23 Nov 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Cross, Air War NW Europe 1939-45
16 Dec 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 413896, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

HONOURS AND AWARDS

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

FLYING OFFICER FRANCIS ARCHIBALD RANDALL (413896)

 

CITATION.

                Flying Officer RANDALL is a cool and resourceful pilot whose keenness and determination have set a very fine example.  He has completed many sorties and has always endeavoured to press home his attacks with vigour.

                On one occasion in an operation against Berlin in September, 1943, the aircraft was repeatedly attacked by several fighters.   The bomber was extensively damaged, but by a superb effort Flying Officer RANDALL succeeded in flying clear.

                In the face of an extremely harassing situation this officer displayed courage and skill of a high order.

 

[Exactly Transcribed from Flying Officer Randall’s service record]

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