Local pilot lived life to fullest

On 11 January 1944, The Newcastle Sun reported the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross to a Hamilton man, Flight-Lieut. Aubrey (‘Titus’) Oates, “who is a member of a Beaufort bomber squadron in New Guinea, was made for a daring night attack at mast head height sinking an 8000-ton Japanese transport ship in Rabaul Harbour.” The Sun added, “Oates learned to fly with the Newcastle Aero Club when he was 16 and since then he has never been out of the air for more than a fortnight.”

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