PLTOFF Arthur Evan Batchelor 411729

Squadron/s457 SQN
79 SQN
Rank On Discharge/Death Pilot Officer (PLTOFF)
Contributing Author/sCompiled by Vince Conant 2016
The Spitfire Association

Arthur was a native of New South Wales.

Served with No 242 Squadron July – August 1942, then repatriated to Australia.

Posted to 457 SQN, 5 Reserve Pool - December 1942 to October 1943

Posted to 79SQN at the end of his tour. Second tour of operations with No 79 Squadron RAAF, from May 1945 until the end of the war.

One confirmed victory, No 457 Squadron, 1943.

The photo is of some of the pilots in the Squadron when it was based in Livingstone in October 1943. Back row: Flying Officer Brian F. Hegarty, Flight Sergeant R.J.K. "Jim" Thompson, Warrant Officer C.R. "Roy" Briggs, Flying Officer W.J. "Jack" Halse, Pilot Officer Allan C. Beckwith, Flying Officer S.W. "Bill" Reilly, Flying Officer Ian Chandler. Second back row: Flying Officer Ian S. Mackenzie, Flying Officer H. Ken Barker, Pilot Officer W.J. "Bill" Basey, Flying Officer South Creagh, Flying Officer Larry Alderson (Defence Officer), Flight Sergeant T.F.R. "Frank" Payne, Flying Officer Neil C. Ligertwood, Squadron Leader "Pat" Egan (Dental Officer), Flying Officer L.G. "Lock" Munro, Warrant Officer C.V. "Vin" Madigan, Flying Officer P.E. "Phil" Goldin (Intelligence Officer) Second front row: Flight Lieutenant D.R. "Doug" Edwards, Flight Lieutenant Wally Aldford (Adjutant), Flight Lieutenant Peter H. Watson DFC (OC A Flight), Squadron Leader K.E. "Ken" James (Commanding Officer), Flight Lieutenant D.H. "Don" Maclean (OC B Flight), Squadron Leader D.L. "Des" Peate (Medical Officer), Flight Lieutenant John S. Newton. Front Row: Sergeant Trevor R. Russell, Pilot Officer F. "Freddie" Feuerhardt, Flight Sergeant W.S. "Bill" Hardwick, Spitty, Pilot Officer A. Evan Batchelor, Sergeant G. "Mac" Jude, Flight Sergeant Harry Whiting.

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