© 2009 454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons


459 RAAF Squadron - Middle East


Leading Aircraftman Ian Duncan ROBINSON


Service No. 56054


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Date of Birth:  13 Nov 1921


Place of Birth :  Armadale, Victoria, Australia


Date of Enlistment : 18 May 1942


Place of Enlistment :  Caulfield, Victoria


Date of Discharge: 18 February 1946


Rank on Discharge:  Leading Aircraftman


Posting at Discharge : 43 Base


Died: 15 April 2010


Personal memoirs


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An Australian Fitter IIE (Engines) with 459 - he received his 6 months engineering training with the NO. OTU, at first when it was based at Bairnsdale, Vic, and later when it moved to East Sale (where a big aerodrome had opened and they worked mainly on Beaufort engines.)  Ian worked there for a few weeks before receiving news that he was to be posted overseas.  He left on an American boat and headed to Bombay.  I was to join 459 Squadron at Gambut in November 1943, and he stayed with that unit until it was disbanded in 1945.

Ian Robinson is in the back row second from the left, with black beret and hand on hip



459 on the move - Bardia Pass - Western Desert


459 Christmas 1943 menu


Crash landing of Baltimore - Pilot Ken Crook walked away from the wreck

459 squadron, Flight D, was at Gambut, Western Desert


 


TRUE WORLD WAR II STORIES


http://www.trueww2stories.com


This is the personal website of the author, Peter Robinson, son of an English WAAF clerk and an Australian RAAF mechanic Ian Duncan Robinson - 459. The book has been instigated by their tales of incredible hardship and inspirational camaraderie of the WWII period 1939-45.

Ian Duncan ROBINSON