All Desert Harassers®, were proud to include the following Christian gentlemen in their ranks:
Padres Fred McKay; Bob Davies and Johnnie MacNamara.
On 31 July 1943, 283165 F/O W.K. Robertson Public Relations Officer and 34119 Sergeant L. Le Guay Photographer, were attached to the Squadron for the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. They were later joined by Captain Dennis Adams, Official War Artist.
NB. Names of the Servicemen who died from war caused disabilities before 1 July 1947 were included on the memorial plaques in the Australian War Memorial—A. Stirling is in this category.
R.F.A. Downes was on the posted strength of 450 Squadron, but was attached to 1 (M.E.) Training School, R.A.F. when he was killed, however his death was registered by this Unit and his name is listed in the Australian War Memorial as serving with the R.A.F.
The executive committee and members of the 450 Squadron RAAF Association Inc. have vowed to continue searching for all available data to complete this list. Ongoing cooperation from descendants of the Desert Harassers® will always be appreciated.
In excess of 800 men from all walks of life joined together as one force, to become the famous No. 450 Squadron RAAF—Desert Harassers®
They were Australians RAAF; Brits RAF; Canadians RCAF;
New Zealanders RZNAF;and South Africans SAAF .
The bulk of the information has been taken from the 450 Squadron Nominal Roll compiled by Len Barton in 1989 and amended by George James in 1990. Further additions and amendments have been made possible by the surviving Desert Harassers®, the Children of the 450 and the National Archives of Australia.
Key personnel have passed away—records are scattered—and when located they are often incomplete. In many cases Service Numbers or initials do not agree. In some instances new pilots, on arrival to the Squadron, were given flying tests and if considered in need of further training were immediately sent back to O.T.U., therefore it is inevitable that some errors or omissions may occur in this roll. From time to time several R.A.F. ground staff were posted to the Squadron. It has not been possible to ascertain particulars of these men, consequently only a few of them are included in this list.
The main sources consulted were:-
1. The Squadron Embarkation Roll as shown in 450 Squadron
Operational Order No. 1 dated 2/4/1941.
2. 450 Squadron Personnel Occurrence Reports. (RAAF Records, Canberra)
3. 450 Squadron's Operational Diary RAAF History Section, Canberra
4. 450 Squadron's Unofficial Diary (five volumes) Australian War Memorial, Canberra
5. 450 Squadron Disbandment Order RAAF Records, Canberra
6. 450 Squadron Casualty Register Australian War Memorial, Canberra
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