F/Sgt David Maitland Watts 402425



David “Tony” Maitland Watts was born in Sydney, NSW on the 9th of January, 1919. His parents: David Walter Montague Watts and Edith Mabel Watts (nee Hawker). He attended Petersham Public School and then Fort Street Boys High School (1930-35), where he was a prefect and played in the First XV (1935). He gained his Leaving Certificate (November 1935) with English and Maths Honours and passes in French, Latin and Physics. He was a keen member of the 1st Petersham Scouts and went on to the Rovers. David attended Andrew McCallum Presbyterian Church Marrickville and played B1 Grade competition tennis team in 1937. He was awarded a cadetship with the AMP Society upon leaving school and commenced studies to become an actuary.

         In Sydney on the 19th of August, 1940 he enlisted in the RAAF. A true hero with a heroic and tragic story outlined in his Service Record below. A photo of Dave (and mates) appears on  page 193 of the Squadron's Official History, "We Find and Destroy". One of Dave's crew, Morry Hart is pictured here

         He is remembered with Honour at the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. Memorial reference column 266