© 2009 454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons

 459 RAAF Squadron Desert Air Force in the Middle East


Flying Officer Francis Septimus "Sep" Owen

Wing Operator Air Gunner

Service No. 403280

Sep during WW2

Sep at the 2006 Anzac Day Luncheon Sydney


Date of Birth: 8.7.20 - Date of Death: 15.9.06

Place of birth: Newtown - Sydney, NSW

Date of Enlistment: 5.1.41 - Sydney NSW

Date of Discharge: 1.6.45

Posting on Discharge: General Reconnaissance School



Sep's original crew comprised Doug “Fergie” Ferguson (Pilot);

Bert Robinson and Neil McKay (WAGS).


It is with great regret that we inform you of the passing of Sep Owen on 15/9/06.  Sep was a great stalwart for the Squadron, marching every year and attending all our reunions, Sep, you will be truly missed.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Janese and the family.

Of special note -- Sep received the ‘Order of Australia’ medal  this year for Community work in the Newcastle area.

"The 454-459 Squadron's Association"



Recent articles in the local press - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

The next newspaper article has lost a little of the text down the left side - our apologies for this we are working on getting another complete copy.


L-R: Sep Owen, Jack Shipway & John McKenzie at the Anzac Day 2006 luncheon - Glenmore Hotel - The Rocks - Sydney

see Sep in the 2006 TV 10 Anzac Day interview


L-R:  Unknown name (?), Sep Owen, Doug Hutchinson, 

Peter Matthews, -- United Services Club, April 1998 [can you help?]


L-R: (?) , John McKenzie, Peter Matthews, & Sep Owen

War Memorial, Canberra 14/6/96


L-R; Sep Owen, George Gray, Bryan Rostron, Julie Parsons [daughter of the late Jim McHale - 459] 

& Julie's daughter Fiona, (?) & in front - Julie's son Brett --

25/4/96 - Glenmore Hotel - The Rocks - Sydney - Australia



L-R: A.J. "Robbie"Robinson, (my Navigator) and Sep

Airman Frank Gordon

Sam Oakes and Bill Hurley 26/11/42

L - R: Tony Martin, Pat Gayer, John Wilkinson & Sep Owen

Sep leaving L.G.Z. to go to Gambut

Sep with "Wedding Ring Wimpie Wellington"

Stuka - Murray Evans and John McKenzie

"Robbie" Robinson

Bill Hurley & Jack Barker - North Africa

Sam Oakes returning from Aden [Hudson]

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

Wally Evans and Don Baird

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

Robbie Robinson & Bill Hurley [ at Nahariyya - Israel?  see map below underlined in red - on the coast above Haifa]

Quarters Old Naaafe  

Caught in the draft

Harvey Moorish and Sep Owen

creating a stir in a gun turret

Sep having a drink from that gun turret - a man-sized thirst!

Robbie in the garden

Art Downing with the "Egyptian Mail" newspaper -

Headlining -- "Tanks Thrown back in.."

Sign says...."Under New Management"


Francis Septimus OWEN