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Vale E. J. “Ted” SAVAGE 

3 Squadron WW2 ARMOURER

7 Feb 1922 to 23 July 2015

Obituary by his daughter, Kate Savage.

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MSUS, LIBYA, 8 Jan 1942.  LEADING-AIRCRAFTMEN O. S. BARTON AND E. J. SAVAGE
 REARMING ED JACKSON’S KITTYHAWK AFTER HE HAD EXHAUSTED HIS AMMUNITION IN
 A FIGHT WITH ENEMY PLANES, DURING WHICH HE SHOT DOWN ONE AND DAMAGED THREE.  [AWM 023115]

Ted (Edward) Savage died in Melbourne on the 23rd of July, 2015, at the grand age of 93 years.  Only two days beforehand, Ted had met his book-keeper and listened to (and watched - to some extent, as he was legally blind from macular degeneration) the film Casablanca with one of his daughters.  His illness was short.

Ted was in No.3 Squadron from 1941 (joined the RAAF on 24th February, 1941) to 1945.  He initially went to camp in Laverton, Victoria, then he moved to 555 Lonsdale St. for seven days and then moved into the Melbourne Exhibition Building.  (The fact that the Exhibition Building was used as a camp fascinated his grandchildren, as they only saw it as an imposing old building, where (at most) people used to sit University exams - including some of Ted and Lan's children.)

Then Ted left for Point Cook for an armament course.  His boat left Australia in early September 1941 and they travelled to Fremantle.  The food was absolutely atrocious - for some crazy reason, eggs were boiled in oil rather than salted water.  Ted thought it an absolute insult.  However, he enjoyed the travelling.  He thought that Trincomalee Bay, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) was a very beautiful harbour.  (The Japanese Imperial Navy attacked that harbour six months later and sunk a number of British warships and an aircraft carrier.)

Ted was fascinated as they travelled through the Suez Canal and then was glad to land and disembark.  He arrived in Palestine on 25th September, 1941.

No.3 Squadron was then deployed into Egypt, and later Libya and Tunisia. Tunisia was French territory and very attractive - Ted explained that there was good food and merchandise available, which made life more pleasant.  Then he moved back to Libya before arriving in Italy with No.3 Squadron in August 1943.

He had many good friends in 3 Squadron, including Gus Thompson, Ron Matthews, Vic Whelan and many others.  We have enjoyed stories of 3 Squadron exploits in the Middle East and Italy.  Amongst them was the day the No.3 Squadron boys 'pinched' the chair from which King George VI had stood and administered the 'quickest knighting in history'.  The chair was purloined and placed in the back of the truck of 3 Squadron's Padre - the only vehicle that would not be searched! (The writer believes that it would have been the Rev. Fred McKay's vehicle.)  Unfortunately, the chair removal created quite a stir and their leave came under threat...  The chair was returned!

Also, as Ted had an amazing memory and mathematical ability, he was very good at cards.  He told us that he eventually decided to stop playing cards in the Middle East, as quite a few friends and senior officers owed him so much money (one owed over a year's wages) that he deemed it unfair.

Gus Thompson (of No.3 Squadron) and his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sandra, travelled down from Sydney to Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in August, 2015 for the celebration of life and memorial for Ted.  We will always be grateful to Gus and his family.  Ted held them in very high esteem.

On returning from the war, Ted finally met our mother Lan (Margaret PENTREATH), the love of his life.  They married in 1953 and lived happily until Lan's death in 2008.  Ted was an amazing person; husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and businessman.  He will never be forgotten and will be missed and loved.

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LIBYA, December 1941.  LEADING-AIRCRAFTMEN SAVAGE AND BOOKER OF NO.3 SQUADRON,
 RAAF, MAKING REPAIRS TO CAPTURED GERMAN EQUIPMENT.  [AWM022478]

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