© 2009 454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons

459 RAAF Squadron

Middle East

Flight Lieutenant Neil Frank MARTIN

Service No. 400561


Date of Birth: 25 Jan 1918

Place of Birth:  Newcastle, NSW

Date of Enlistment : 15 Sep 1940

Date of Discharge: 7 Dec 1945

Rank on Discharge:  Flight Lieutenant

Posting at Discharge : 24 Squadron



The crew:

Squadron Leader Phil Howson

Sergeant Neil 'Dooley' Powell (Nav) - RAF

Sergeant Neil Martin (WOP/AG)

Sergeant Alan Norton-Baker (WOP/AG)


L-R: Sergeant Neil Martin (WOP/AG); Sergeant Neil 'Dooley' Powell (Nav); Squadron Leader Phil Howson (Pilot) and Sergeant Alan Norton-Baker (WOP/AG)


Professor Leon Kan-Maguire's book

"Dessert Scorpions" noted on Neil's post war years -

"Neil farmed lambs and Hereford cattle on the Campaspe River north of Melbourne for a number of years before taking up a managerial role in a flour milling and grain merchant firm.  His work involved extensive travel selling grain to South-East Asia and to Saudi Arabia and Yemen.  He has since passed away."


Neil Frank MARTIN