Flight Lieutenant Donald Ernest Cameron (Don) Charlwood

 

 

Date of birth  1915-09-06  Melbourne, VIC. 
Other  1931  Finished school. 
Other  1932  Began work as a farm hand in Nareen, VIC. Charlwood also began selling short stories. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1941-05-23  Enlisted in the RAAF. He then sailed for Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme to learn the navigators' trade. He was then posted to No. 103 Squadron, who flew most of their operations in Landacaster Bombers. 
Other  1942 - 1943  Flew most of his tour of 30 operations. 
Date of discharge  1945-07-23  Ended his appointement with the RAAF. After the war Charlwood joined the Air Traffic Control branch of the Department of Civil Aviation. 
Other  1952  Became an instructor at the Department's Central Training College in Melbourne. 
Other  1956  Published his first book, 'No Moon Tonight', a fictional account based on his wartime experiences. 
Other  1975  He became Vice President of the Victorian branch of the Fellowship of Australian writers. 
Other  1990  Published 'Marching as to War'. 
Other  1991  Published 'Journey's into night'. 
Date of honour or award  1992-01-26  Member of the Order of Australia. 
Date of death  2012-06-18  Wantirna, VIC.