I am gratefull to Vivian Granger (daughter) for the details and photos of her father below. Wilfred Bert Granger was born 26/4/1917 in Melbourne Australia and moved too Western Australia in 1929 where his father was Chief Engineer at Lake View & Star Group Boulder WA. He later served an apprenticeship in Kalgoorlie WA as Fitter and Turner at Kalgoorlie Foundry in 1932 to 1936. In 1936, he moved back to Melbourne, and enlisted in RAAF at Point Cook Air Bases on 15/6/1938 as Aero Fitter Engineer after completing Aero Engineer School at Laverton .
On 17Oct 1938, Wilf was posted to Technical Squadron, Point Cook where he was emloyed on complete overhauls of Genet Major, Gipsy, Major, and Napier Line Aero Engines, and also top overhaul of Bristol Jupitor Engines. He then volunteered and was Posted to 10 Squadron (England) on 11/11/39 where he was employed on maintenance and installation of Pegusus 22 and18 Aero Engines The Sunderland Flying boats in 10 Squadron were used for Coastal Command, searching for enemy submarines and shipping, along with making rescue missions.
Following his marriage to Joyce Mary Withecombe on 23/7/1941 he lived in Pembroke Dock on the extreme western point coast of South Wales. He was posted back to Mount Batten, Plymouth at the end of 1941 and joined 461 Squadron on 14/4/1943 where he did courses on various engines including Merlin Aero Engines at Rolls Royce, Darby, England. His main job was to service these and maintain the Sunderland Flying boats.In January, 1943, he was awarded the British Empire Medal and mentioned in Despatches for rescue work in a hurricane. Wilf returned to Australia in November 1945 with his wife and young son in 1946 on board the Stirling Castle. He made his home on Lake Macquarie at Kilaben Bay and then built their home at Toronto NSW. He was discharged from the RAAF on 20th Jan 1947