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Group Captain Elwyn Roy “Beau” King

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Group Captain Elwyn Roy “Beau” King

Birth
Bathurst, Bathurst Regional Council, New South Wales, Australia
Death
28 Nov 1941 (aged 47)
Point Cook, Wyndham City, Victoria, Australia
Burial
Springvale, Greater Dandenong City, Victoria, Australia
Plot
Panel 3 (cremated Fawkner Crematorium).
Memorial ID
21414808 View Source

Elwyn "Beau" King was a fighter ace in the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) during World War I. He achieved twenty-six victories in aerial combat, making him the fourth highest-scoring Australian pilot of the war, and second only to Harry Cobby in the AFC. A civil pilot and engineer between the wars, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from 1939 until his death.

Born in Bathurst, New South Wales, King initially saw service as a lighthorseman in Egypt in 1916. He transferred to the AFC as a mechanic in January 1917, and was subsequently commissioned as a pilot. Posted to No. 4 Squadron, he saw action on the Western Front flying Sopwith Camels and Snipes. He scored seven of his "kills" in the latter type, more than any other pilot. His exploits earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and a mention in despatches. Returning to Australia in 1919, King spent some years in civil aviation before co-founding a successful engineering business. He joined the RAAF following the outbreak of World War II and held several training commands, rising to the rank of group captain shortly before his sudden death in November 1941 at the age of forty-seven.

Son of Richard and Elizabeth Mary King of Forbes, New South Wales. Husband of Josephine Vida King of Brighton.
Lieutenant King was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in a series of successful coming raids on targets near Armentiieres, including a train, enemy billets and an anti-aircraft battery between 4-7 September 1918. He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 6 Ocvtober 1919. Lieutenant King return to Australia aboard the "Kaisar-i-Hind" on 6 May 1919. He re-enlisted for serve ice in WW2, reach the rank of Group Captain but died suddenly at RAAf Base, Point Cook, Victoria.

Elwyn "Beau" King was a fighter ace in the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) during World War I. He achieved twenty-six victories in aerial combat, making him the fourth highest-scoring Australian pilot of the war, and second only to Harry Cobby in the AFC. A civil pilot and engineer between the wars, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from 1939 until his death.

Born in Bathurst, New South Wales, King initially saw service as a lighthorseman in Egypt in 1916. He transferred to the AFC as a mechanic in January 1917, and was subsequently commissioned as a pilot. Posted to No. 4 Squadron, he saw action on the Western Front flying Sopwith Camels and Snipes. He scored seven of his "kills" in the latter type, more than any other pilot. His exploits earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and a mention in despatches. Returning to Australia in 1919, King spent some years in civil aviation before co-founding a successful engineering business. He joined the RAAF following the outbreak of World War II and held several training commands, rising to the rank of group captain shortly before his sudden death in November 1941 at the age of forty-seven.

Son of Richard and Elizabeth Mary King of Forbes, New South Wales. Husband of Josephine Vida King of Brighton.
Lieutenant King was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in a series of successful coming raids on targets near Armentiieres, including a train, enemy billets and an anti-aircraft battery between 4-7 September 1918. He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 6 Ocvtober 1919. Lieutenant King return to Australia aboard the "Kaisar-i-Hind" on 6 May 1919. He re-enlisted for serve ice in WW2, reach the rank of Group Captain but died suddenly at RAAf Base, Point Cook, Victoria.


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