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459 RAAF Squadron

Middle East

Flight Lieutenant Alan Brian NORTON-BAKER

Service No. 407509

Alan's crew photo


Died - 20 March 2008


Date of Birth:  30 Mar 1922

Place of Birth:  Alberton, S.A.

Date of Enlistment : 12 Oct 1940

Date of Discharge: 7 May 1948

Rank on Discharge:  Flight Lieutenant

Posting at Discharge : Central Gunnery School



The crew:

Squadron Leader Phil Howson

Sergeant Neil 'Dooley' Powell (Nav)

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)


Alan's granddaughter Michelle Norton-Baker has provided the Association with the following information, we are looking forward to receiving more information soon. The Association wishes to express it's deepest sympathies to the Norton-Baker family in the recent passing of Alan on the 20th March 2008.


"In 1942 My Grandfather, ALAN BRIAN NORTON-BAKER was transferred from No 39 Squadron to the 459 Squadron. He was part of the first air crew and served with Wing Commander P Howson, Pilot Sergeant N Powell, Navigator and Sergeant N Martin (Wop/A.G.). He completed 51 sorties and 301 combat hours with 459 Squadron until his transfer to No 70 Operational Training Unit at Nakaru, Kenya.

Sadly, Grandpa passed away on the 20th March 21, 2008 in Adelaide.

I know he was a very proud to be a member of the 459 Squadron. I was hoping that I could contact you with the details of his funeral. A small tribute (if appropriate) to his service with the 459 Squadron would be most appreciated."


Anzac Day 2007