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Robert George William Portas (1215186) was posted to Australia for duty with 54 Squadron and arrived in Australia on 27 April 1943. After a course at No. 2 OTU RAAF Flight Sergeant Portas was posted to 54 Squadron for duty on 28 September 1943. He was commissioned as an officer on 7 July 1944 with effect from 1 January 1944. On completion of his first tropical tour he was posted south on 23 July 1944 and after a period of leave was posted for duty to A.G.S. West Sale on 9 October 1944 and then at his own request to 2 A.D. Richmond on 26 November 1944. He was employed by the RAAF on testing and ferrying aircraft until his death on 22nd September 1945
PORTAS, ROBERT GEORGE WILLIAM (177602); age 23 RAFVR
He was killed whilst flying in Kittyhawk, A29-915 of No 2 Air Depot, which crashed during a ferry flight to 6 AD, Oakey, in Queensland. He is buried in Rockhampton War Cemetery.