Archibald Robert (Archie) TINDAL


TINDAL, Archibald Robert

Service Number: 76
Enlisted: 16 July 1934
Last Rank: Wing Commander
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Fir Grove, Eversly, England, 18 January 1916
Home Town: Armidale, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: The Armidale School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Pilot
Died: Ground Battle, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 19 February 1942, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

16 Jul 1934: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Station Darwin
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Wing Commander, SN 76

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

The sustained Japanese air-raid on Darwin on the 19th of February 1942 resulted in the following RAAF personnel from Station Headquarters Darwin being KIA -

Leading Aircraftman Leonard Arthur Barton 18368 - Son of Arthur John and Sophia May Barton; husband of Majorie Barton of Rainbow, Victoria

Leading Aircraftman Phillips Stonham Latham 32932 - Son of Leslie Frederic and Gladys Caroline Latham of Baan Baa, NSW

Aircraftman 1st Class Francis Neaylon 20361 - Son of Joseph Patrick and Olive Myra Neaylon of Woollahra, NSW

Leading Aircraftman Albert Victor Leske Schulz 28222 - Son of Nathanael Reginald Robert and Anna Louise Schulz of South Hummocks, SA

Corporal Robert Frederick Simons 26040 - Son of Frederick Quartermain Simons and Mabel Bessie Simons of Allenby Gardens, SA

Aircraftman 1st Class Stanley George Smith 45738 - Son of Septimus and Eleanor Smith of South Perth, WA


Wing Commander Archibald Robert Tindal 76 of Headquarters North Western Area - Son of Archibald Arthur and Hilda Dorothy Tindal of Armidale, NSW

His father was a pastoralist who returned to England in 1915 to join the Expeditionary Forces in Europe.  Second Lieutenant Archibald Arthur Tindal of 177th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery was killed at the Battle of Guillemont on 18 September 1916.

Archibald Robert joined the RAAF on 16 July 1934 as an Air Cadet. He was promoted to Pilot Officer (1 July 1935), Flying Officer (1 July 1936), Flight Lieutenant (1 January 1938), and Squadron Leader (1 June 1940) serving with 3 Squadron and 24 Squadron

In January 1942 he was posted to HQ North Western Area at Darwin as the Area Armament Officer on promotion to Wing Commander - he was KIA on 19 February 1942 when he was hit by cannon fire while manning a Lewis AA machine gun against attacking Japanese aircraft at RAAF Base Darwin.  He was possibly the first casualty on Australian soil from enemy air attack.

In 1946, Carson's Airfield near the town of Katherine was renamed in Wing Commander Tindal's honour, firstly as Tindal Airfield, and subsequently RAAF Base Tindal.