Ronald Henry SIMES DFM


SIMES, Ronald Henry

Service Number: 402259
Enlisted: 22 July 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 3 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, 28 October 1917
Home Town: Tenterfield, Tenterfield Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Tenterfield Rural School (1929-30) Armidale High School, New South Wales, Australia((1931-34)
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Flying Battle, Mersa Brega area, Libya, Middle East, 9 January 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Local Roll of Honour - Tenterfield, NSW, Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Marsa Matruh, Egypt
Memorials: Alamein Memorial (El Alamein), Armidale High School WW2 In Memoriam Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane No 3 Squadron Roll of Honour, Tenterfield & District Fallen Roll of Honor WW2
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 402259
22 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 402259, No. 2 Initial Training School
22 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 402259
11 Feb 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
9 Apr 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 402259, Emb. Sydney for Egypt
2 Jul 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 402259, No. 3 Squadron (RAAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre
7 Apr 1942: Honoured Distinguished Flying Medal, Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Simes DFM 402259 in Kittyhawk AK610 of 3SQN was killed when his aircraft was shot down near Mersa Brega in Libya - his body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt

He was part of a group of Kittyhawk fighters escorting seven Maryland bombers to attack enemy positions near Mersa Brega

He has an entry in the book "Aces High" by Christopher Shores