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459 RAAF Squadron

Pilot Officer Reginald Horatio (Reg) Nossiter

Service Number 411432


Reg Nossiter commenced his Air force career

on June 26th, 1941 at No.10 E.F.T.S. Temora, NSW. 

His service took him to No.14 S.F.T.S. - Aylmer, Ontario;

No.11 A.F.U. Shawbury, Shropshire, England;

No. 1 O.T.U. Silloth, England, 200 Squadron, Waterloo, Sierra Leone, 459 Squadron - Middle East, 75 O.T.U. Gianaclis, G.R.S Bairnsdale, Vic, H.B.R.T.U. - Nadzab, New Guinea, 23 Squadron - Darwin, 21 Squadron - Darwin, Moratai, Tocumwal.

He was officially discharged on 3lst December, 1945.  Reg Nossiter flew many different aircraft during his career, namely the Tiger Moth (D.H.82), Harvard (N.A.I.6),  Yale (N.A.64 P.F.), Oxford Twin, Hudson Mk. I, Hudson Mk. V,Hudson Mk. VI, Hudson Mk.III, Baltimore I, Anson, Blenheim V, Baltimore II, Baltimore III, Baltimore III A, Ventura P.V. I, Wellington, Liberator B24. Pilot

* lst operational tour 459 Squadron - Hudsons.

* 2nd operational tour *23 RAAF Liberator B24 (4.12.42 to 23.02.43)

* 21 RAAF Liberator B24 (3.3.44 to 31.12.45).

His 459 crew consisted of   Pilot:F/Lt. Reg Nossiter.

                                        Nav: F/O Litchfield.

                                        WAGS: SGTs. Penman, Carter, Purcell.


He spoke very little about the War, but often spoke with high regard of his best mates, Tony Martin, John McKenzie, Ross Rasheed, Pat Unwin and Sep Owen.


Sadly he passed away on 31/7/02 and was survived by his wife Joy (now deceased), one son and two daughters.

L-R -- Jock Penman, Dick Litchfield, George Carter, Reg Nossiter.

Ready to go -- Harvard (N.A.I.6)

Aerial photo of Nossiter flying Harvard (N.A.I.6)

Planes flown - as taken from Reg's log book

Record of Service - as taken from Reg's log book

Exams - August 1941

General Reconnaissance School - Bairnsdale Victoria -

September 1943 - Distinguished Pass

Reg flying a Hudson low over the sea

New stripes for Tony Martin & Reg Nossiter


Jerry eggs

Campsite - Home - Almaza, Cairo 1942

Flood in the desert

Flood in the tent - Gambut 1943

CO with the winning dog 1943

Jeff Ashford "Sharpend" and dog

Top Notchers, Silloth,England 1942. Sgt.Oddy,

Sgt.Nossiter, P/O Slaughter, Sgt.Carter

England 1942, Nossiter, Hicks and Mofflin

Canada - 1942, Nossiter, Swift, Rowe, Brennan,

James, Mofflin - ready to go

Canada. LAC Max Cotton, F/LT Reg Nossiter,

F/OF  "Elma" McLeod, LAC Bill Mofflin. 1942

B Crew 459 Squadron M.E.F 1942-43 - Reg Nossiter - 2nd row from front first on the right

459 Squadron M.E.F. 1942-43 Sports Meeting

 Sgt. Harry Hawkins - shot put

Sgt Tony Martin at the M.E.F. 1942-43 Sports Meeting

Roy Tier - making the book

Refueling in Italian Somaliland

Refueling in Italian Somaliland

Bill Gregory & Reg Nossiter

"Clapped out Pilots"

L-R: Reg Nossiter - Toby Nicols - Tony Martin

Trent Griffiths - Grandson

Joy and Reg Nossiter in 2000

Photo of Reg with his daughter Penny Griffiths

15 months before he passed away in July 2002


Penny Griffiths - Honorary Secretary- 454-459 Assoc -

ANZAC DAY 2006 - handing out the name tags at The Glenmore Hotel here with

David Etheridge [Warrant Officer - WAG - 454] who traveled from England to attend the 2006 Anzac Day Reunion in Sydney, he attended with his granddaughter Jessica.

L-R: Jack Shipway (454), John McKenzie (459) & Penny speaking at the 2006 Anzac Day Reunion at The Glenmore

Anzac Day 2007 - Trent Griffiths [centre]

marching for his grandfather

Anzac Day 2007 - Penny's daughter Melinda Griffiths with her (then) fiance Nathan at the Commercial Traveller's Club Anzac Reunion luncheon

Reg Nossiter is now a


His granddaughter Melinda and her husband Nathan have a new baby girl here she is 5 days old

Dakota Joy Blake

born  Sunday 7th December 2008



Penny & Tom Hodgson RAF Museum Hendon UK

Bill, Loraine, Janet, Penny & Tom

at the Noggin & Natter, Firecrest Pub


John McKenzie [459] with Penny - Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Latest great grand-daughter -  Mikayla Joy Blake 28/5/10 3.270 kgs

Great grand-daughter -  Dakota aged 3 [Jan 2012]

Grand daughter Melinda, with Dakota [3yo] & Mikayla [18 mths] - [Jan 2012]

Reginald Horatio NOSSITER