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                    31 SQDN Beau Assoc 2023 March Newsletter


It is with great regret that we announce the passing of yet another 31 Squadron original member, Ken Lyons OAM.







Kenneth Lyons OAM. 1942-2023

Ken joined the RAAF 1n 1942 as he turned 18 and performed a wireless course in Melbourne at RMIT and Point Cook. On graduation, he was sent to  Adelaide Colonel light Gardens transit camp prior to being sent to Ultimo in Sydney, then boarding the MV Duntroon, a troop ship full of thousands of 7th.Division Australian Army  troops heading for Darwin..

On arrival he was sent to RAAF Darwin for a short while then to  Coomalie Creek to join 31 Squadron. where he stayed with the squadron until he was sent back to Melbourne when the War ended. Ken finished his time  at a very quiet, small air strip in the little town of Cressy in the Western District of Victoria.
Shortly after that in the early 1950’s a few 31 Squadron veterans formed a committee and he was the only survivor.

He attended reunions and always marched on Anzac Day.  He was the last remaining original member of that committee  and has been president of our 31 Squadron Beaufighter Association in Victoria since their last president Ken McDonald passed away.

Rest in Peace Ken

31 Squadron Beaufighter Association.