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SWAYN Stanley Morton

Service: RAAF
Service number: 19144
Locality on Enlistment: Geelong West
Duration of Service: 17 Jul 1940 – 22 Nov 1945
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: None to display
Date and Place of Birth: 26 Mar 1917 Colac Victoria
Parents: Percy SWAYN and Ruby LUCAS
Spouse: Dulcie BAKER
Occupation: Businessman
Date and Place of Death: 29 Apr 1996 Colac
Place of Burial: Colac Cemetery

Notes: Stanley enlisted as a trainee Aircraft Engineer, first posted to training in Hobart, followed by postings to Aircraft Maintenance and Repair facilities at Sale, Ballarat, and Essendon, in Victoria.  As an Aircraft Engineer, no flying experience qualification was required, but in the early months of the war, flying experience was provided to familiarise engineers with enough skill to take-off and land an aircraft in the event of pilot incapacitation. Just before the Pacific War ended he was posted overseas, to Morotai Island to the East of the Celebes Sea, in the Halmahera Island Group in Eastern Indonesia. This posting was cut short when the Japanese signed the unconditional surrender soon after.