LAC COLTON DAVENEY (76359)
24 SQUADRON RAAF
Colton Daveney enlisted in the RAAF at Wynnum Central, Brisbane, Queensland on 22 June 1942. He was born in Allora on 11 April 1923. Col Daveney started with 24 Squadron RAAF as a Fitter Armourer on 1 October 1943 and stayed with them until April 1944. He then served with 10 Repair and Salvage Unit (10 RSU) at Milne Bay and Nadzab, PNG until February 1945. LAC Colton Daveney was eventually discharged at 6 Aircraft Depot on 21 December 1945.
Whilst servicing aircraft at Madang Air Strip on 14 October 1944, Col and his mates had two surprise visitors wanting fuel. They were a Twin engined Boston (USA) Bomber, which was escorting a single engined Japanese Fighter Plane (possibly a Zero), both flown by American airmen. The Japanese aircraft had the USA Aircraft Emblem on its wings and fuselage.
The Japanese fighter had been found intact on a recently captured Jap Base much further north and it was being flown south, possibly to Lae, for shipment by boat back to the USA for Technical Evaluation.
After refuelling the Japanese aircraft, Col Daveney sat in the cockpit to complete the occasion. "With my hands of the controls it was a very rare moment, as it was in flying condition and I doubt if any other serviceman would have the same experience." Unfortunately the moment was lost, as no one had a camera.
|Vultee Vengeances of 24 Squadron RAAF warm up for a mission in New Guinea. Note the white markings in the roundel.|
|Vultee Vengeance dive bombers, 21 Squadron warming up for a raid on Japanese targets at Nadzab, PNG, 1944.|
|Crew for servicing targets at Air Ground Gunnery Range, Nelsons Bay near Williamstown 4 OTU, early 1943.|
|Target Servicing Crew at Air to Ground Gunnery Range, Nelsons Bay, near Williamstown 4 OTU, early 1943.|
|24 Squadron RAAF Camp Site Doba-Dura, PNG, October 1943. Col Daveney (at far left) and fellow armourers cooling off outside tent.|
|Milne Bay, PNG|
|Milne Bay, PNG|
|Cemetery, possibly Lae, PNG|
|Camp site 10 RSU, Nadzab, PNG, late 1944|
|Possibly Japanese Fighter plane, PNG. Possibly a post war photo.|
|Air Travel Authority for LAC Colton Daveney|
|Colton Daveney in civvies|
|LAC Colton Daveney|
|LAC Colton Daveney|
|Australian, P-40 Kittyhawk, "Come in Suckers!", PNG, 1943|
|B-24 Liberator, "Twin Niftys II", USA 5th Air Force, PNG, 1943|
|B-25 Mitchell, USA 5th Air Force, PNG|
|5th Air Force USA, P-38 Lightning, PNG, 1943|
|USA 5th Air Force, B-24 Liberator, "Gone with the Wind", (her pants blown off), PNG, 1943.|
|After work. Community bathroom. All ranks in creek adjoining camp site, 24 Squadron RAAF, Doba-Dura, PNG, October 1943.|
|24 Squadron RAAF Camp site Doba-Dura, PNG, October 1943, Col (2nd from right) and armourer mates getting ready for meal time.|
|Japanese aircraft wreck at Darwin, Northern Territory. Not sure of type of aircraft. This photo was given to Col by an ex Army chap who was based at Darwin during WW2.|
|5th Air Force USA, B-24 Liberator, PNG|
|Location and description unknown, maybe a Jap Cemetery. Photo given to Col by an Army chap.|
|Crew arriving at Gunnery Range for 2 weeks stay for repairing targets (dummy tanks and planes)|
|Trainers in formation at Amberley, Queensland after WW2|
|RAAF Lincoln at Amberley, Queensland after WW2.|
|On of the dummy Planes (canvas and timber, tanks likewise). We had the firearms with us just for some fun shooting to pass the time (no radios then). During the two weeks a Vultee Dive bomber would fly over from Williamstown (4 OTU) and drop food, meat, bread, etc close to our tents. No parachutes, just packed in hessian bag with straw and mostly damaged on impact but managed to sort it out.|
|Col Daveney at far left. Group snap on beach.|
|Group snap at camp.|
|Very long white sandy beach used by planes on sunny days in pairs, one to fire at the others shadow on the white sand. Also used to fire at dummy targets of planes and tanks which were located inland just off the beach. Hence the repair group's job.|
|View of wide beach. Ideal for firing practice. We were caught unaware on one occasion when two Spitfires arrived earlier than expected and fired on the Dummy Tanks and Planes. We took cover behind some large gum trees that were in the area. There were no mobile phones then to warn us of changes to time tables.|
Note: the above photos and clippings were supplied to me from Col Daveney.
SAD NEWS:- It was sad to hear the news that Col Daveney passed away in Nazareth House, Wynnum at about 1am on Monday 25 April 2016 (Anzac Day).
I'd like to thank Greg Oleinikoff, Col Daveney and Hal Ougham for their assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 10 March 2005
This page last updated 26 April 2016