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FLTLT Charles Irving Younger 405706


Squadron/s680 SQN RAF
Rank On Discharge/Death Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT)
Mustering / SpecialisationPilot
Date of Birth05 Jan 1916
Date of Enlistment24 May 1941
Contributing Author/sCompiled by Vince Conant
October 2013
The Spitfire Association

Charles Irving Younger was born at Burwood, NSW on 5th January, 1916. Prior to enlistment, he was a jackeroo and then overseer on Western Queensland properties. He joined the RAAF when the recruiting train came to Longreach on 24th May, 1941. Trained at Sandgate, Tamworth and Deniliquin, he was then posted to the United Kingdom where he did some aircraft ferrying. From there he was posted to 680 Squadron RAF in the Middle East and from there to 681 Squadron RAF in Burma.

Receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross he was finally discharged on 12th November 1945. He returned to Western Queensland as an Extension Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Stock, which became the Primary Industries Department. He maintained a close link with the Spitfire Association.

This excerpt reads: "This officer has commanded a flight detachment operating from the forward areas in Burma for the past three months and his general ability and organising powers while with this Squadron have been above the average. A very keen, loyal and above average officer."

This Distinguished Flying Cross citation reads: "Flight Lieutenant YOUNGER has completed a large number of high and low level photographic reconnaissances, many of them having been flown in adverse monsoon weather. The results achieved have been an invaluable source of information throughout the campaign. This office has, at all times, accomplished his duties with zeal and enthusiasm, setting an inspiring example of skill, courage and devotion to duty."

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