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Duigan, John Robertson, 1882-1951

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        • Organization: (naf) Australia. Australian Army. Australian Flying Corps
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        • Organization: (naf) Australia. Royal Australian Air Force
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        Ringwood, Vic.
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          Electrical engineer
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        • found: A flying life: John Duigan and the first Australian aeroplane, 2010:page vii (John Robertson Duigan; built and flew the first all-Australian aeroplane; his aviation career spanned just a decade, from 1908-1918) page 2-3 (born May 31, 1882 in Terang; son of John Charles Duigan and Jane Robertson) page 153 (died June 11, 1951 at the age of 69)
        • found: Australian Dictionary of Biography, via WWW, March 28, 2013(Duigan, John Robertson (1882-1951); pioneer aviator and electrical engineer; born on 31 May 1882 at Terang, Victoria, Australia; he went to England in 1902 and obtained a certificate in electrical engineering in 1904 from the City and Guilds of London Technical College, Finsbury; in 1903, he returned to Melbourne in 1908; he was the first Australian to design, build and fly an aeroplane in Australia; on 14 March 1916 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, and was appointed to command the squadron's 2nd Flight in August; was promoted captain and confirmed as a flight commander in August 1917; proceeding to France, Duigan went into action with No. 3 Squadron; he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action on 9 May 1918 when his aircraft was attacked by four German planes over Villers-Bretonneux: after Workd War I, he resumed work in Melbourne as an electrical engineer; in 1928 he moved to Yarrawonga where he conducted a motor engineering business until 1941; he returned to Melbourne that year and for the rest of World War II was employed in the quality control branch of the Royal Australian Air Force; he then lived in retirement at Ringwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where he died of cancer on 11 June 1951)
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