Collection relating to 415222 Ralph Trenham Bilsby RAAF

Accession Number AWM2020.626.3.1
Collection type Photograph
Object type Print
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Studio portrait of 415222 Ralph Trenham Bilsby RAAF during his period of training before posting overseas. Bilsby, of Collie, WA, and a garage mechanic and coal miner before his enlistment in August 1941, he trained as a pilot as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, and was posted to No. 142 Squadron RAF flying Wellington bombers in Tunisia. He was with the squadron for less than a month before he was killed during an operational sortie over Italy on 22 July 1943, aged 21.

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