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No. 456 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

   456 Squadron was a Night Fighter Squadron finishing up with Mosquito Aircraft.

Airfields 456 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Anglesy
  • RAF Glamorgan
  • RAF Middle Wallop
  • RAFChurch Fenton
  • RAFBradwell Bay
  • RAF Ford


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No. 456 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sgt. Harold Mclenon "Nobby" Blundell MID. 463 Squadron

Nobby Blundell was born in Blundell's Cottage in Canberra in 1914. lthough a qualified mechanic he was also a wheat farmer at Weethalle (near West Wylaong) in New South Wales when he was called up in January 1940. His preliminary training was at Richmond near Sydney and then Ascot Vale in Melbourne as a Fitter 2E after which he traveled to the UK and joined 456 RAAF Nightfighter Squadron on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

In September 1942 he was remustered as a Flight Sergeant but a plane crash rendered him unfit for operational duties and he returned to 456 Squadron. In early 1943 he joined 617 Squadron for special duties. 617 Squadron were the Dam Busters and Nobby flew with the Lancasters during test drops of their bombs. On the night of 16/17 May 1943 617 Squadron attacked the Mohne and Eder dams causing considerable damage in Germanyís industrial centres in the Ruhr valley. Nobby Blundellís role was to redesign the undercarriage of the Lancaster so it was able to carry the drum type bombs.

In November 1943 he was posted to 463 Squadron which was based at Waddington in England as a Sergeant Engine Fitter. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his work during the D-Day operations in June 1944 and in October 1944 Blundell was sent to Russia to service Lancaster bombers attempting to sink the German raider, Tirpitz.

After the war he ran a motor engineering business in Sydney until he retired in 1974 to live in Dubbo. He self-published five books on 467 and 463 Squadrons and was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1995 for services to war veterans. He later moved to Cairns but died in Hervey Bay, Queensland on 13 September 2003.

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