William Dowling Bostock

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Not quite sure where to put this post but as he was RFC in WW1 .... I'll post here !

    Bostock was born in Surry Hills, an inner-city suburb of Sydney, to an English father, also named William, and a Spanish mother, Mary. He was educated at The School in Mount Victoria, in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, where he completed his junior certificate The family later moved to Burwood, in Sydney's Inner West. After leaving school Bostock was employed as an apprentice with the Marconi Company for two-and-a-half years and spent time at sea as a wireless operator

    In November 1914, Bostock joined the 2nd Signal Troop of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as a sapper He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, serving there until August, when he was evacuated suffering from dysentery He returned to active duty in January 1916, and was made lance corporal the following month Promoted to sergeant, Bostock was posted to Egypt with the ANZAC Mounted Division in April 1916, and saw action against Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

    Bostock transferred from the AIF to the Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve on 18 February 1917, and was commissioned as a probationary Second Lieutenant. He was posted to No. 48 Squadron in August, following pilot training in Egypt and England. Bostock fought on the Western Front and was awarded the Belgian Croix de guerre.He was invalided back to Britain in March 1918, after which he transferred to the newly created Royal Air Force (RAF)

    Air Vice Marshal William Dowling (Bill) Bostock CB, DSO, OBE (5 February 1892 – 28 April 1968) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force. During World War II he led RAAF Command, the Air Force's main operational formation, with responsibility for the defence of Australia and air offensives against Japanese targets in the South West Pacific Area. His achievements in the role earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the American Medal of Freedom. General Douglas MacArthur described him as "one of the world's most successful airmen".

    The Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at the outbreak of World War II, Bostock was considered a leading candidate for the position of Chief of the Air Staff in 1942 but was passed over in favour of Air Commodore George Jones, a friend of twenty years. Appointed Air Officer Commanding RAAF Command soon after, Bostock became involved in a bitter and long-running dispute with Jones over control of the Air Force in the South West Pacific. Following his retirement from the RAAF in 1946, he became a journalist and later a Federal Member of Parliament.

    He owned a property near Benalla, in rural Victoria, where he died in 1968. Survived by his second wife and his five children, Bostock was accorded an Air Force funeral and cremated

  2. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    Air Marshall George Jones was a distinguished Great War airman too. After service in the Light Horse at Gallipoli and in Palestine, he transferred to the AFC and flew Sopwith Camels and Snipes with No 4 Sqn on the Western Front. He was credited with 7 victories and was awarded the DFC after serving as a flight commander.


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