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MILNE, FRANCIS DEBENHAM

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:33516
Rank:Pilot Officer
Date of Birth:9 February 1917
Place of Birth:Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date of Death:26 November 1942 (Aged 25 years)
Units:No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 6 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF

NAA: A9300, MILNE F D

Timeline

30 August 1940Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 1st Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 2 Recruit Depot, RAAF, Richmond.
12 October 1940Posted to No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF, Evans Head.
13 January 1941Posted to No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Amberley.
1 March 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
1 September 1941Promoted to Temporary Corporal.
12 October 1941Aircraftman 2nd Class on Remustering as Aircrew.
Posted to No. 3 Initial Training School, RAAF, Sandgate.
31 January 1942Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
5 February 1942Posted to No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Lowood.
28 March 1942Posted to No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Temora.
3 May 1942Posted to No. 6 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Mallala.
3 October 1942Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF.
15 October 1942Promoted to Pilot Officer.
14 November 1942Posted to No. 1 Reserve Pool, RAAF.
23 November 1942Posted to No. 1 Administration Wing, RAAF.
25 November 1942Posted to No. 21 Base Wing, RAAF.
26 November 1942C-47 41-38601: Aircraft shot down by Japanese Zeroes near Popondetta, Papua New Guinea.
16 November 1989Buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Section 34. Collective Grave 4754).

Burial Details

Cemetery:ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Grave:Section 34. Collective Grave 4754.

Physical Description

Height: 5 feet 4½ inches 163.83 cm
Weight: 129 lbs 58.51 kg
Chest Measurement: 37 inches 93.98 cm
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown

Photos

Grave of T/Sgt J.E. Paul and F/O F.B. Milne at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, MILNE FRANCIS DEBENHAM : Service Number - 33516 : Date of birth - 09 Feb 1917 : Place of birth - SYDNEY NSW : Place of enlistment - SYDNEY : Next of Kin - MILNE NANCYE, A9300, MILNE F D.

Record updated on 26 November 2017.


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