1 W.A.G.S. Memorial Roll

The Memorial Roll commemorates to date 1,182 RAAF 1 W.A.G.S. trainees who were killed in action or on active service during WW2. These brave young men made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country, leaving behind grief-stricken families often not knowing what happened to their loved ones. As Wireless Operators, Air Gunners and Navigators they were crew for RAF and RAAF squadrons and served in all Theatres of War during WW2 - the U.K, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Pacific and Australia. Those who perished died as a result of air battles, aircraft accidents or as P.O.W’s. and many rest isolated from their homeland. Those servicemen on the MEMORIAL ROLL are listed below in alphabetical order.

This site is our way of paying homage to these 1 W.A.G.S airmen and their families. More

Name
Service No.
Status
Rank
Operations - Unit / Squadron
RABBISH, William Herbert
406903
Killed
Sergeant
Flying accident Milne Bay - 100 SQN
RADCLIFFE, Harry Martyn
407876
Killed
Pilot Officer
Accidental [Ground Accident] United Kingdom - W Freugh
RADLEY, Kenneth McDonald
418175
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle Germany, target Nuremburg. - 51 SQN
RAE, Donald James
406681
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Germany, target Berlin. - 214 SQN
RAMPANT, Charles Alphonsus
436091
Killed
Flying Officer
Aircraft accident Yanchep W.A - 25 SQN
RAMSEY, John Edward
407648
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle North Sea - 48 SQN
RAMSEY, William Alfred
416064
Killed
Sergeant
Flying accident Bay of Biscay - 461 SQN
RANFORD, John Colin
436932
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Aircraft accident Windermere Vic. Pilot - 1 WAGS Ballarat
RANKIN, George Worland
427742
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops. target Cologne Germany - 460 Squadron
RASHBROOK, Robert William
415917
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying accident Southwell Nottinghamshire UK - 1654 COM
RATHJEN, Frederick Herbert
416283
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying accident Oldstone bombing ranges, United Kingdom - 15 OTU
RAYNER, Neil Keith
407649
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Koepang Timor - 2 SQN
READ, Graham Sydney [Toby]
417118
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle Berlin Germany - 405 SQN
READ, Isaac Wood
406222
Killed (POW)
Sergeant
Missing believed P.O.W Halong Netherlands East Indies - 2 SQN
READ, William Neil
406700
Killed
Flight Lieutenant
Air ops. From UK target Lille France - 51 B HQ
REDFORD, Norman Louis
419538
Killed
Flying Officer
Air ops. From U.K Flying battle Norway. - 235 Sqn
REECE, Bernard
427106
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops. Target Stuttgart Germany - 463 SQN
REED, Raymond George
407877
Killed
Warrant Officer
Air ops. Trapini Sicily - 55 SQN
REID, Frank Bruce
429738
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle France - 15 SQN
REID, John Ruskin
400261
Killed
Sergeant
Ground battle Java - 84 SQN
REKDALE, John Sigvald
408594
Killed
Flying Officer
Flying battle New Guinea - 100 SQN
REYNOLDS, Charles Noel
400647
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Germany target Essen - 76 SQN
RHOADES, Leslie Colin
404045
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Middle East - 55 SQN
RICH, Warwick William
427148
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying accident Hampshire UK - 1652 COM
RICHARDS, Robert William
407950
Killed
Warrant Officer
Night air ops. Middle East - 37 SQN
RICHARDS, Theodore George
402006
Killed
Flight Lieutenant
Air Ops. Middle East - Malta
RICHARDSON, Paul Walter Wallace
401051
Killed
Flying Officer
Accidental India - 194 SQN
RICHARDSON, Raymond John
401017
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Rabaul - 11 SQN
RICHARDSON, Raymond Rawlings
406160
Killed
Sergeant
Flying accident Middle East - 14 SQN
RIDGE, Gordon William George
416231
Killed
Sergeant
Flight accident Tallow beach Broken Head N.S.W - 12 R&SU
RIDGWAY, Keith Halcot
407771
Killed
Flight Lieutenant
Beaufort aircraft crash Mariut Middle East - 230 SQN
RILEY, John Richmond
415182
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle Germany - 101 SQN
RIMINGTON, Keith Edward
408595
Killed
Warrant Officer
Air ops. Target Berlin Germany - 466 SQN
RITCHIE, Geoffrey Francis
412700
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops. From U.K - 461 SQN
ROACH, William Alexander
415828
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle North Sea - 455 SQN UK
ROBB, Lawrence William
418879
Killed
Flying Officer
Flying battle Denmark - 460 SQN
ROBERTS, Arthur Reece
407909
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle N.W. Europe - 100 SQN
ROBERTS, Francis Owen
408521
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Milne Bay - 100 SQN
ROBINS, Alfred Arthur
436254
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Accidental Middle East - Ein Shemer
ROBINSON, Cavan Beadon
427484
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops Duisbury Germany - 576 SQN
ROBINSON, Leonard George
420274
Killed
Warrant Officer
Flying battle Padua, Italy - 450 SQN
ROBINSON, Nicholas Auber Benjamin
406795
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops.from the UK flying battle Belgium - 115 SQN
RODGERS, William Anthony Jordan
436889
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Aircraft accident Vansittart Bay - 24 SQN
ROGERS, Herbert
404042
Killed
Flight Lieutenant
Flying battle Mediterranean Sea - 203 SQN
ROLL, Paul Cecil
416287
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Timor - 13 SQN
ROLLINS, James Leslie
407036
Killed (POW)
Pilot Officer
Flying battle Germany target Duisburg. POW - 49 SQN
ROSE, George Henry
437319
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air ops. Over Belgium target Hasselt - 640 SQN
ROSS, Alan Barton
417001
Killed
Flying Officer
Missing believed killed air ops. from New Guinea. - 100 SQN
ROSS, Keith
416192
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Timor - AF HQ
ROSS [DFM], Edwin John
407562
Killed
Pilot Officer
Killed in air ops. Binbrook Village UK - 460 SQN
ROTHWELL, Len
419608
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle N.W. Europe - 619 SQN
ROURKE, Gerald Alan
415683
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Flying battle Germany target Remscheid. - 78 SQN
ROWE, John Lewis
402207
Killed
Flight Lieutenant
Missing ferry flight [Spitfire] with eight American fighters between Horn Island and Port Moresby. The Spitfire disappeared. - 79 SQN
ROWLAND, George Ridgway
409745
Killed
Sergeant
Flying accident Hughes Airfield, Northern Territory Australia - 2 SQN
ROY, Maxwell Keith Gordon
437162
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air operations Courtrai - 1654 CON
RUGLESS, George Ifould
417519
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Air combat operations NW Europe - 15 SQN
RUSSELL, David
415684
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Accidental U.K - 12 OTU
RUTTER, Reginald Dixon
404218
Killed
Sergeant
Flying battle Celebes - 13 SQN
RYAN, Desmond Joseph
406797
Killed
Warrant Officer
Accidental Finley NSW fell from motor vehicle - 7 OTU
RYAN, John Richmond
422716
Killed
Flight Sergeant
Aircraft accident Vansittart Bay Australia - 24 SQN

Acknowledgements

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