World War 11 Casualties
Dean Raymond Harry
The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear
The Dean brothers lived just over the fence from Western Junction airport at Evandale for most of their lives. With aircraft passing low over their house every day, it is understandable that they were both keen to join the R.A.A.F. as soon as hostilities broke out.
Geoffrey was born
1919 and joined up as a pilot on an early course. On a flying course at
Pt. Cook, he was drowned while on leave with a party of airmen when
their boat sank in
His brother Raymond, born in 1929 completed his pilot’s course and was not happy when posted to Western Junction as an instructor. To compensate, he regularly engaged in wild ‘dog fights’ with other instructors in the Tiger Moths used at that time. In February 1942 he tested his luck too far and collided with another aircraft over Cressy, crashing to his death.
The third brother John was just eighteen when the war ended and still lives at Evandale.
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