Lilian Jane Davis (Janie) SUTTON

SUTTON, Lilian Jane Davis

Service Number: 94702
Enlisted: 21 February 1942
Last Rank: Aircraftwoman
Last Unit: Air Force Headquarters Western Area (Perth)
Born: Bunbury Western Australia , 30 August 1910
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Harvey State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Medical Nurse/Dental Nurse/Showroom Assistant
Died: Cancer, Victoria Park Perth Western Australia , 7 October 1949, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
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World War 2 Service

21 Feb 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftwoman, 94702, Air Force Headquarters Western Area (Perth)
2 Jun 1945: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftwoman, 94702, Air Force Headquarters Western Area (Perth)
Date unknown: Involvement Aircraftwoman, 94702, Air Force Headquarters Western Area (Perth)

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Biography contributed by Graham Padget

Lilian Jane Davis (Janie) Sutton was born in Bunbury, Western Australia on 30th August 1910. Janie was the daughter of farmers William John and Florence Cecilia Sutton of "Jardup" in Harvey Western Australia.

Janie Sutton was the only woman in Western Australia to hold a pilots licence at the outbreak of WW2. During the war, serving in the WAAAF, Janie became an Air Force wireless operator competent in sending and receiving morse code.

After the war Janie Sutton established a morse code school for airline pilots.  

Her funeral was held in the C of E church at Karrakatta Cemetery and the pall bearers included the then Premier of Western Australia (Mr Ross McLarty) and senior airline representatives.

(Compiled and edited from multiple TROVE and public entries)