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454 RAAF Squadron - [23.8.44 - 7.6.45]
Wireless Operator - Air Gunner
Warrant Officer - David Etheridge [RAF]
Service No. 1801413
L-R : George Brear, David Etheridge,
Dough Hatcher and "Taffy" Griffiths
David Etheridge travelled from the UK to attend this year's Anzac Day luncheon at the Glenmore Hotel - The Rocks Sydney
with his granddaughter Jessica -- below
See Anzac Day Sydney 2006 for more photos.
Following on below are photos from David's collection - captions under each photo.
L to R: ?, Johnny Shillito, Tommy Marron, Syd Butler, ‘Stripper’ Tomich, Paul Rake, Doug McKee
L-R: Jeff Richards, 'Bluey' Munce,
Garth Horton, Harry Marks, Don Gray, George Joyce.
L-R : Cyril, Mal, David Etheridge, Joe and
Johnnie Shillito in front of Liberator
Formation over Trieste
Mac, Len, Cyril, David and 3 ground boys
Phil Fisher & Johnnie Shillito
Another prang with crew (tba_01)
Close up of prang and crew [tba_02]
Standing on top [tba_03]
Prang from another angle [tba_04]
W/O Robert Shaw
David and Pam Antonios [from the 454-459 Committee] going through the photos on Anzac Day 2006 at the Glenmore Hotel Sydney
_'Tiny' Dunkley,Ron Thurnham,'Sandy' Dixon & Johnnie Shillito
Back row l to r: Sgt's Ansell, Nelson, Hatcher and Calder
Middle row l to r: Sgt's Newton, Goldsmith, Griffiths, Brear, Henry and Lawrie
Front row l to r: Sgt's David, Hodges, Solomon, Etheridge, Exon
David Etheridge, Doug Hatcher, George Brear, and
'Taffy Griffiths 1944
David Etheridge & Doug Hatcher
Taffy' Griffiths 'The best pilot in 454 Squadron
A Message from Alan Etheride dated 20th July 2009
My brother Steve asked me to drop you a line re photos of my late father during his time with 454 squadron.
It has taken some time to sort out, from quite a large number of pictures, just which ones may be relevant to 454 as he also served with 249 squadron, however I think I may have identified those that may be of interest.
I feel sure that he must have brought over his album when he last attended a reunion, so I will be surprised if any of these are anything new to you. Although, to my knowledge none of them currently appears on the site.
Browsing your website I have not been able to find any reference to several of the names of his comrades, although I feel sure you will have a more detailed list of those that served with the squadron.
As there are about eighteen pictures I will send them in three emails in order that they download quicker. One will contain a word document which accompanies a group photo of sixteen men.
I hope these may of interest and some use to you.
With the very best regards from all the Etheridge family,
For more information on David Etheridge - see pages 156-7 and 171 of Mark Lax's book "Alamein to the Alps" - Available from our Downloads page
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