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CPL Randall Scott Irons 33769

Squadron/s457 SQN
Rank On Discharge/Death Corporal (CPL)
Mustering / SpecialisationAircraft Electrician
Date of Birth29 Jan 1919
Date of Enlistment17 Sep 1940
Contributing Author/sRon Lambert, Paul Carter 2013
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Scotty as he was known to all, was born on the 29/1/1919 in Farfer, Scotland. He joined the RAAF in 17/9/1940 and became an aircraft electrician.

He volunteered for overseas services and was posted to 458 Squadron at Williamtown NSW. In July 1941, he was sent to the UK with 457 Squadron the second Spitfire Squadron to the Australian in No 11 Group Fighter Command RAF. After Operational training 457 Squadron relieved 452 Squadron operating at Red Hill Surrey.

Some months later 457 and 452 Squadrons were sent home to Australia along with 54 Squadron RAF to assist in the defence of Northern Australia. On arrival back in Australia and short of aircraft Scotty did not reach Darwin until January, 1943. He was discharged from the RAAF on the 2/3/1945.

After his tour of duty in the North he returned South later in his life. He married, had a family and from then on was a family man in the true sense of the word. Scotty was a pastry chef of great renown and together with his son Garry was in business in the town of Windsor. Upon retirement he and his wife Val settled into a retirement village life in Castle Hill. They attended various "dos" culminating in a trip with Val to Darwin with 18 members and wives.

Randall passed away in May 2006. A good mixer, father and friend to those of us who are left to carry-on. He will be sadly missed. The attendance of his friends and associates at his funeral service bears testament to him and his endeavours. His name will always be remembered.

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