Wing Commander Hilson Christopher Newton DALY

Commanding Officer, No. 4 Squadron, 19 October 1944
Commanding Officer, No. 85 Squadron, Guildford WA, 15 February 1943 – 5 September 1944
Pilot and Flight Commander, No. 25 Squadron, RAAF Station Pearce WA, 1942

Service No. 260354
Born: 30 September 1908, location unavailable
Enlisted in RAAF, 16 October 1939 (from Strathfield NSW)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 4 Squadron Boomerang aircraft A46-149), New Guinea, 17 November 1944, Aged 36 years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Edwin Newton and Ethel Louise Daly; husband of Dora Margaret Daly, of Strathfield, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Strathfield World War II Roll of Honour, Strathfield NSW

In preparation for its task with the 6th Division, No. 71 Wing (at Tadji) was further reinforced by a flight from No. 4 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, which began operations early in November 1944.

Extract from Odgers, G. (George) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 338

On 17 November 1944 No. 4 Squadron Boomerang A46-149 was on an armed reconnaissance along Little Ramu river in the Angetji area when as it pulled out of the dive, hit a tree, turned on its side, struck another tall tree and burst into flames killing its pilot Wing Commander Daly. On 18 October 1945 a patrol officer found the wreckage and Wing Commander Daly who was buried with full military honours.


Australian War Memorial Honour Roll
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 206
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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