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PLTOFF George Bethune Ballantyne 21243

Squadron/s451 SQN
Rank On Discharge/Death Pilot Officer (PLTOFF)
Mustering / SpecialisationEngineering Officer
Date of Birth15 Jun 1903
Contributing Author/sCompiled by Vince Conant, 2016
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Date of birth: 15 Jun 1903
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of enlistment: Newcastle, NSW
Next of Kin: Ballantyne, Grace

Poretta, Corsica, France. c. May 1944. Engineering officer, 21243 Pilot Officer G. B. Ballantyne of Newcastle, NSW, a member of No. 451 Squadron RAAF (in slacks), with three of his fitters in front of a Supermarine Spitfire aircraft on an airfield in Corisca.

Poretta, Corsica, France. c. March 1944. Group portrait of the pilots and Administrative officers of No. 451 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, which is at present operating from their new base in the Mediterranean. Back row, left to right: 144056 Flying Officer (FO) R. S. Shepherd of England; 406266 FO J. Mercer of Perth, WA; 425789 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) J. F. Vintner of Stanthorpe, Qld; 421362 FO R. T. Milner of Sutherland, NSW; 412260 Flt Sgt W. R. Field of Wollstonecraft, NSW; 404756 FO J. D. Gleeson of Rockhampton, Qld. Front row: 401095 FO A. E. Arnel of Edithvale, Vic; 407465 FO W. W. Thomas of Adelaide, SA; 408541 FO J. D. Wallis of Bayswater, Vic; 421745 FO J. T. Minahan of Bronte, NSW; 406247 Pilot Officer (PO) F. C. House of Gnowangerup, WA; PO G. B. Ballantyne of Newcastle, NSW. Seated: 262723 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) F. W. Perrottet of Mosman, NSW; 257451 Flt Lt H. C. Ferguson of Brighton Beach, Vic; 408177 Flt Lt J. D. Ward of Burnie, Tas.

Cuers, France. October 1944. A song outside the mess of No. 451 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF in southern France. 425582 Flight Sergeant C. G. Ball of Tully, Qld, is playing the piano, and left to right are: 421362 Flying Officer (FO) R. T. Milner of Sutherland, NSW; 416218 FO M. A. Kemp DFC of Gawler, SA, and 21243 Pilot Officer G. B. Ballantyne of Newcastle, NSW.

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