A native of St. Kilda in Victoria, Hector was born on the 24th of November 1922
Informal outdoor portrait of pilots from No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF using a spare belly tank as a resting place outside their tent at Beach-Head Airstrip, an advance landing ground, B.11, from where they operated over the Normandy battlefield. Identified from left to right: 425139 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Allan William Dowding from Goondiwindi, Queensland; 412513 Warrant Officer (WO) Allan Harold John Harris from Yenda, NSW (killed on flying operations over France on 27 July 1944); 418083 Flt Sgt Ralph Alan Dutneall from Hawthorn East, Victoria (killed on flying operations over France on 27 July 1944); and 409367 WO Hector Deeble Aldred from Bentleigh, Victoria (later Flying Officer).
453 squadron UK
1. Mark Watson!! 2. Roland Snowdon 3. 'Chiefy' McKinnen 4. Paul!! Murray 5. Slim Roberts 6. Joe Lawrence 7. Fred Cowpe 8. Joe Boulton 9. Allen Harris 10. 'Doc' Waller 11. Ralph Dutneall 12. Josh Scott 13. Vern Lancaster 14. 'Stoo' 15. Hec Aldred 16. 'Ac' Rice 17. Jack Olver 18. Dick Peters.