1945

Illawarra Roll of Honour – WW2 – 1945

Ross Original Medals 2

  • 3.1.1945 – Jack Ivan Pritchard
  • 4.1.1945 – Albert Smith
  • 6.1.1945 – Emile Ernest Wotzasi(c)k
  • 9.1.1945 – Stanley Morell
  • 24.1.1945 – James Robertson
  • 27.1.195 – Howard Joseph Dickson
  • 28.1.1945 – Joseph Henry Brown
  • 30.1.1945 – Alan Lloyd
  • 1.2.1945 – John Douglas Luck
  • 4.2.1945 – Frederick Norman Weeks
  • 5.2.1945 – Clin Patrick Fletcher, Shellharbour
  • 7.2.1945 – Vincent Kerr Tanko
  • 12.2.1945 – Eric Charles Vollheim
  • 19.2.1945 – Albert James Harper
  • 25.2.1945 – John Warrington
  • 1.3.1945
    • Norman Jobson
    • Charles Reuben Cameron
  • 11.3.1945 – Attilo Joseph William Tosi
  • 1.4.1945
    • Kayal Edwin Stace
    • Leslie Phillips
  • 3.4.1945
    • James Kilpatrick
    • Trevor George Turne
  • 10.4.1945 – Wally Hinchcliff
  • 12.4.1945 – J A Higgs
  • 13.4.1945
    • Rupert Carlyle Fox
    • Reginald Adam Milne
  • 16.4.1945 – Douglas Henderson Meredith
  • 1.5.1954 – Patrick William Hayes
  • 7.5.1945 – George William Firman
  • 9.5.1945 – Thomas Ignatius Dowd
  • 10.5.1945 – Harry Tideswell
  • 14.5.1945 – Clive Warrington
  • 21.5.1945 – It would appear that an ill-fated RAAF Flight 200 – Z Special Unit  mission in North Borneo, which claimed the lives of two NSW South Coast men, was probably preparatory to Operation Oboe 6 that followed in June 1945 – note although 6 Oboe operations had been envisaged in planning the recapture of Borneo from the Japanese, only 3 of these were actually undertaken. “SRD field operations, codenamed Agas (“sandfly”) in North Borneo and Semut(“ant”) in Sarawak, focused on intelligence gathering, and organising, training and arming local guerrilla groups.” (Source : The Star – Malaysia). Also it was not AGAS 2, but rather AGAS 1,  that had some interconnection with Operation Kingfisher – the possible rescue of the Australian and British POW’s at Sandakan – AWM article on Borneo – which of course was never undertaken. The Operations Python preceded the AGAS and SEMUT operations. Click here for additional information.
    • Oboe 1 – Tarakan Island – East Kalimantan
    • Oboe 2 – Balikpapan – South East Borneo
    • Oboe 6 – Brunei / Labuan in North West Borneo
      • Ralph Proudlock

    Among those killed in the May 21 1945 B24 Liberator (A72-177) crash in the AGAS 2 (Sandfly 2) mission was W/O. Ralph Proudlock (Service Number 420488) of “Glenelg”, Organs Road Bulli, formerly of Sublime Pointone of the 11 RAAF and 3 Z Unit men aboard. Ralph was initially buried close to the crash site with all of those aboard A72-177, and then later reinterred at the CWGC Military Cemetery at Labuan – reference. He is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour in Panel 148 – AWM. An investigation report on the accident can be found on the NAA site – pages 30,  31, 32, 33. Ralph’s parents lived at Haig St Bulli.

    Further information on Ralph Proudlock – AWM 1, 2, RAAF Database –1, Special Forces – 1,  Oz at War – 1, Wikipedia – 1, Other – 1, Trove : 1942 – 1,  2, – 1944 – 1945 – 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1946 – 1, 2 – 1947 –1, 2, 3 – 1948 – 1, – 1949 – 1, 2, – 1950 –1, 2

    http://users.tpg.com.au/berniezz/honour_roll%20SOA.htm

    Warrant Officer Ralph Proudlock of Bulli – AWM image

    “Enlisting in the RAAF in November 1941, AC Proudlock trained as a wireless operator, attained the rank of Warrant Officer (WO), and in 1945 was posted to 200 Flight at Labuan dropping supplies and inserting Z-Force personnel behind Japanese lines in British North Borneo. WO Proudlock was on board Liberator serial number A72-177, radio call-sign B24M, when it clipped a tree and crashed in Japanese occupied territory whilst dropping supplies to Z-Force members near Melabong village on 21 May 1945.”

    • John Colin William Anderson Another NSW South Coast Man was also killed in the same crash as Ralph Proudlock was Flight Sergeant  John Colin William Anderson (Service Number 424011), a former Farmer, of Bellawongarel in the Berry areaService Record (note only released in 1984 under FOI). Note he had served in the 34th Battalion prior to WW2 which was the local militia battalion of the Illawarra – and also the No.1 Machine Gun Regiment / Light Horse Brigade. Information – Probate

      John Anderson 200 Flight

      Flight Sergeant John Colin William Anderson

  • 25.5.1945 – John Ronald Stanley
  • 30.5.1945 – Leslie Brown
  • 1.6.1945
    • Austin Johnston  – POW – died of illness (Malaria)  buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 45 – WW2 Nominal Roll – Service Record digitised IMG_8343
    • Douglas Freeman
  • 2.6.1945 – Stanley Cyrill Gemmill
  • 5.6.1945 – Mervyn Colin Bell
  • 9.6.1945 – Noel John Smith
  • 10.6.1945
    • John Edwin Salmon
    • Ernest Charles Nicholson
  • 12.6.1945 – John George Findlay
  • 15.6.1945 – Harry Coates
  • 17.6.1945 – John Lear
  • 18.6.1945 – Jack Tuckerman
  • 5.7.1945 – Lesley George Pepper
  • 6.7.1945 – Wesley Richard Coates
  • 10.7.1945 – Victor Webster
  • 17.7.1945 – Wallace Gordon Whiting
  • 19.7.1945 – Vincent Henry Farrell
  • 22.7.1945 – Walter Orphin
  • 5.8.1945 – William Sellar
  • 7.8.1945 – Albert Sidney Dwyer   – POW – died of illness – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 42 – WW2 Nominal Roll – service record not yet digitisedIMG_8366
  • 3.9.1945 – Leslie Hunter Jorgensen
  • 11.9.1945 – Reginald Arthur Shawe
  • 18.9.1945 – Noel Royce Stibbard
  • 29.10.1945 – Albert Henry Churm, Balgownie

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