© 2009 454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons


459 RAAF Squadron


 Flight Lieutenant John William B McKenzie

Service Number 411032

Photo taken in Alexandria Egypt - Sept 1944


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Date of Birth : 17 November 1919

Place of Birth : Richmond, Victoria

Date of Enlistment : 31 March 1941

Place of Enlistment : Sydney, NSW

Date of Discharge : 21 February 1946

Posting on Discharge : 21 Squadron

Died : 15 May 2013

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John McKenzie -- front row -- 7th from left


"Excuse what appears to be excessive modesty for bath time in Western Desert but my two tent mates were trying to get a photo of me :au naturel"


Air Crew: John McKenzie, Murray Evans, Don Baird and Pete Staughton -- Egypt 1942


Stuka - Murray Evans and John McKenzie (on right)


L-R:  Col Walker, John McKenzie, Neil, Jack Baltick,

Wally Evans and Don Baird - [from Sep Owen's collection]


John in Bathurst Gambia -- [Sep Owen Collection]


L-R: John McKenzie, Murray Evans, Don Baird, Sep Owen,

Robbie Robinson & Bill Hurley - [Sep Owen Collection]


Peter Staughton, John McKenzie and Don Baird,

Martin Place, Sydney - 1945/46


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"50th Anniversary of Crewing Up in UK May 1942 -- 459 Squadron"

Left - Right -- Murray Evans (Pilot), John McKenzie (Navigator), Peter Staughton (WAG), Don Bair(WAG)


 The Rededication of the Memorial 'To the Fallen' at Richmond RAAF base - 50th Reunion - 1992.  On the day, John McKenzie, asked Hank and Ken Rimmer if they would carry the 454 - 459 Sqdn banner.


L-R:  RAAF Padre, George Gray, Fred McKay (Clergyman), Pete Henderson, Pete Matthews, Hank Hayes, Ken Rimmer & John McKenzie.



L-R: Bill Abbott, John McKenzie, Peter Matthews and Sep Owen,

War Memorial, Canberra - 14/6/1996


Professor Leon Kane-Maguire and John McKenzie - "Anzac Day 2005"


 John McKenzie - "Anzac Day 2005"


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L-R:  John McKenzie, Margaret Ryan, KF Titley & Marjorie McKenzie


 Anzac Day 2006 - TV10 Sydney interviewing 459 Service Members,

L-R: Doug Law, Tony Martin and Sep Owen -


In the background centre John McKenzie chatting with

Air Commodore Mark Lax CSM



Anzac Day 2007 - at Commercial Traveller's Club Sydney -

L-R:  John McKenzie, Jack Shipway being interviewed by

Angela Bishop of TV10 Sydney


 Anzac Day 2008 - CTC Sydney


John McKenzie remembering absent friends



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Anzac Day 2009




31.03.1941


Enlisted No 2 as Navigator


16.08.1941


No.1 AOS Malton, Ontario, Canada


09.11.1941


No.1 BGS Jarvis, Ontario, Canada


26.02.1942


No.2 ANS Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada


09.03.1942


No.3 PRC Bournemouth, U.K.


15.04.1942


No.1 OUT, Silloth, U.K.


24.06.1942


First Operation, Germany


19.07.1942


459 Squadron till 2.11.1943


12.11.1943


No.1 METS – El Ballah – Bombing Leaders Course


13.01.1944


Ahqem Bombing Leader till 3.7.44.


27.11.1944


No.7 OUT, Tocumwal, Australia, Liberators


21.02.1945


No.23 Squadron, Nth.Australia


08.07.1945


No.21 Squadron, Moroai till 8.2.46.


21.02.1946


Discharged

John William McKENZIE