Francis Victor Coyle

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Francis Victor Coyle
Coyle Francis.jpg
Coyle Francis Victor.jpg
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Nov 1916
Place of Birth Subiaco, Western Australia
Death 26 Jun 2001, aged 84
Place of Death Heidelburg, Voctoria
Age at Enlistment 24 years
Description 5'7½" (1.72m) tall ; 138lbs
62.596 kg
; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Airshire Dairy, Byford
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Dorothy Aldred Coyle
Military Information
Reg Number 29360
Date of Enlistment 28 Nov 1940
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation No. 3 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 31 Jul 1944 ‒ 15 Aug 1944
Transport Details unknown Townsville to Aitape, New Guinea
Journey Dates 24 Sep 1944 ‒ 25 Sep 1944
Transport Details unknown Aitape, New Guinea to Morotai, NEI
Journey Dates 15 Nov 1944 ‒ 15 Nov 1944
Transport Details unknown Morotai to Leyte
Journey Dates 15 Dec 1944 ‒ 16 Dc 1944
Transport Details unknown Leyte to Mindoro, Phillipines
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 22 Jun 1945 ‒ 23 Jun 1945
Transport Details Mindoro to Morotai unknown
Journey Dates 15 Jul 1945 ‒ 17 Jul 1945
Transport Details unknown Morotai to Balikpapan
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Transport Details various Balikpapan to Perth via Melbourne & Somers
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument(s) Byford WW2 Honour Roll
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

Frank enlisted on 28 Nov 1940 at the No. 4 RAAF Recruiting Centre, mustered as Messman and was sent the same day to undertake No. P62 Basic Dril course at No. 4 Recruit Depot RAAF Pearce betwee 28 Nov 1940 and 3 Jan 1941. On 4 January he was posted to the RAAF Base Pearce headquarters unit. While with them, on 1 Jun 1941 he was appointed Leading Aircraftman. A year after joining them, on 29 Jan 1942 he was transferred to No. 14 Squadron RAAF.

From 1 Jun 1942 until 24 Jul 1942 Frank participated in the No. 67 Trainee Group II Fitter couse run at No. 2 School of Technical Training RAAF at Kingston, a suburb of Canberra. From there, on 25 Jul 1942 he was transferred to No. 3 School of Technical Training RAAF at Ultimo in New South Wales where he was a member of No. 13 Fitter DMT course 30 Jul 1942 until 25 Sep 1942 after which he was remustered on 26 Sep 1942 as a Fitter/Driver Motor Transport. With the remustering he reverted to Aircraftmam. He was then posted on 1 Oct 1942 to No. 4 Embarkation Depot RAAF at Mileham in South Australia. While there Frank was briefly hospitalised from 10 to 12 Oct 1942 in the 105th Australian Military Hospital. On 2 Dec 1942 Frank was briefly transferred to No. 55 Operational Base Unit RAAF, before moving on to No. 3 Works Maintenance Unit RAAF in Darwin and he was once again appointed as a Leading Aircraftman on 1 Jan 1943.

On 15 Jan 1943 Frank's unit was renamed to No. 3 Mobile Works Squadron RAAF on 15 Jan 1943, and on 15 Jul 1944 to No. 3 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF He was promoted Temporary Corporal on 1 Dec 1944. Frank required sick leave from 8 Nov 1945 to 5 Dec 1945 during which time, on 1 Dec 1945 Frank married Dorothy Aldred Coyle in Victoria. He had been transferred to No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF on 7 Dec 1945, where he was discharged on 15 Apr 1946.

Post War

Frank died in the Austin Hospital, Heidelburg, Victoria on 26 Jun 2001 aged 84.


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