Colin Lindsay Ottaway DFC
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At brother Maxwell's wedding in 1941. In 16th (Cameroon Highlanders) Battalion kit.
|Date of Birth||2 Nov 1923|
|Place of Birth||Bedfordale, Western Australia|
|Death||29 Aug 1996, aged 72|
|Place of Death||Safety Bay, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||17 years, 1 month|
|Description||5'10" (1.78m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair|
|Address||Mount Lawley, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Kenneth Ottaway|
|Reg Number||W8865 & 427543|
|Date of Enlistment||16 Dec 1940 (CMF) 19 Jul 1942 (RAAF)|
|Rank||Private & Flying Officer|
|Unit/Formation||No. 635 Squadron RAF|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
Distinguished Flying Cross |
France & Germany Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Colin's original enlistment was in the CMF, more specifically the 16th Battalion (Cameron Highlander's Regiment) where he served from 16 Dec 1940 until his discharge on 17 Jan 1942. Six months later on 19 Jul 1942 he enlisted in the RAAF.
On 16 Jun 1943, 19 year old Colin was one of a large draft of 336 RAAF personnel who sailed for San Francisco in the United States aboard the SS Matsonia, enroute to England. They arrived on 3 Jul 1943 having sailed via Auckland where a number of New Zealand Air Force personnel joined them..
No 635 Squadron flew Avro Lancasters from RAF Downham Market, Norfolk.
Discharged on 20 Nov 1945.
"For skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy." 
Colin's Distinguished Flying Cross was presented to him by the Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia at Government House Perth on 3 Jan 1947. During 1952 Colin married Valma Lorraine Henderson (1929 - 1968). They had a daughter. Valma died on 29 Nov 1968 aged 39 in Floreat Park.
During 1958 Colin and Valma enjoyed a cruise, arriving in Fremantle from Singapore on 10 May 1958 aboard MV Gorgon.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 142 Walcott street, Maylands, Insurance agent; 1954 at 90 Bagot road, Subiaco, newsagent; 1958 - 1980 at 14 Dunblane road, Floreat Park, newsagent then representative and finally a clerk.
Colin appears to have given a false date of birth to join the Army, but corrected it on joining the RAAF as he was 18 by then.
- Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 26 Jul 1945, page 1599, position 25 & London Gazette of 17 Jul 1945, page 3686, position 22.