Flight Lieutenant Roberts Christian (Robert) Dunstan, DSO

Date of birth  1922-11-05  Bendigo, VIC. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-06-03  Dunstan lied about his age, enlisted in the Army and was posted to 2/8th Field Company. 
Date wounded  1941-01  Dunstan lost his leg in the first seige of Tobruk. 
Date returned to Australia  1941-07  He was invalided home to Melbourne. 
Date of discharge  1942-02-07  Discharged on medical grounds. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1942-06-23  Dunstan managed to convince the RAAF to accept him for aircrew training and he entered No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School at Port Pirie, SA. He was later posted to No. 460 squadron as a tail gunner. 
Other  1943-06-11  Completed his first operation at Dusseldorf. 
Date commissioned  1943-10  Was commissioned as a pilot officer. 
Date of honour or award  1943-12-07  Recieved the Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. He is the only Australian air gunner to receive the award during the Second World War. 
Date returned to Australia  1944-08  Completed his 30 requisite tours of operation. 
Date of discharge  1945-10-02   
Other  1946  Published a short book about his wartime experiences, The sand and the sky. 
Other  1956  Dunstan was elected to the Victorian parliament as the Liberal member for Mornington. 
Date of death  1989-10-11