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RAAF De Havilland Mosquito A52-609 at Coomalie, NT (State Library of SA [PRG 1435/4/1], 1945)
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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:413533
Rank:Pilot Officer
Date of Birth:14 November 1919
Place of Birth:Lithgow, NSW, Australia
Date of Death:18 June 1944 (Aged 24 years)
Units:No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 11 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 6 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 513 Squadron, RAF
No. 620 Squadron, RAF †
No. 12 Operational Training Unit, RAF
No. 1651 Conversion Unit, RAF
No. 1678 Conversion Unit, RAF

1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star & ClaspDefence Medal1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45


12 September 1941Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 1 Initial Training School, RAAF.
6 December 1941Posted to No. 1 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Ascot Vale.
6 December 1941Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
5 March 1942Posted to No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Essendon.
20 April 1942Posted to No. 11 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF, Benalla.
30 May 1942Posted to No. 6 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Mallala.
22 October 1942Promoted to Sergeant.
23 October 1942Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Bradfield Park.
11 December 1942Embarked at Sydney.
8 February 1943Disembarked United Kingdom.
Posted to No. 11 Personnel Despatch and Reception Centre, RAF.
22 April 1943Promoted to Flight Sergeant.
10 May 1943Posted to No. 15 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit, RAF.
30 June 1943Posted to No. 12 Operational Training Unit, RAF.
23 September 1943Posted to No. 1678 Conversion Unit, RAF.
1 October 1943Posted to No. 1651 Conversion Unit, RAF.
7 November 1943Posted to No. 513 Squadron, RAF.
18 November 1943Posted to No. 620 Squadron, RAF.
22 April 1944Promoted to Warrant Officer.
31 May 1944Promoted to Pilot Officer.

Burial Details

Panel:Panel 258.

Physical Description

Height: 5 feet 8 inches 172.72 cm
Weight: 140 lbs 63.50 kg
Chest Measurement: 33½ / 35½ inches 85.09 / 90.17 cm
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour


Coulthart, R. 2018 Is this the final resting place of missing Aussie pilot Bob Crane? MSN News. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018 from <https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/is-this-the-final-resting-place-of-missing-aussie-pilot-bob-crane/ar-AAvnUn6>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, CRANE ROBERT WILLIAM : Service Number - 413533 : Date of birth - 14 Nov 1919 : Place of birth - LITHGOW NSW : Place of enlistment - SYDNEY : Next of Kin - CRANE WILLIAM, A9300, CRANE R W.

Record updated on 12 April 2018.


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