Reginald Thomas WALKER

WALKER, Reginald Thomas

Service Number: 409863
Enlisted: 10 October 1941, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 46 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 31 July 1918
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Caulfield Technical College
Occupation: Coach painter (Victorian Railways, later Building Estimator
Died: Natural causes (heart failure), Brighton, Victoria, 19 November 1982, aged 64 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Acacia Section Rose J15
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World War 2 Service

10 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 409863, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Jun 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 409863, Air War NW Europe 1939-45
21 Nov 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Various Squadrons 190 and 46 were two of them
22 Jan 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 409863, No. 46 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Lynne Redman

My father was in the Militia in the Lighthorse in 1939 and was recruited by the RAAF to do navigator training as his maths skills were excellent. He trained at Victor Harbour South Australia and Nhill in Victoria before being sent to the USA and Canada for further training on aircraft. He was a quiet man bur enjoyed the cameraderie and the challenge of the airforce. He met my mother in England who was in the British Army and they married in 1944. When he returned home he found it difficult returning to civilian life. He worked as a builder and painter for some years, building the home we were brought up in. He didn't associate with ex-servce people very much, his squadron was made up of British, Australian and Canadian airmen and he wrote to many after the war. He marched one ANZAC Day under the ODD BODs Banner. Sadley he died at the age of 64 from heart failure