David Evans

Senior Royal Australian Air Force commander David Evans

Air Marshal David Evans, AC, DSO, AFC is a retired senior commander of the Royal Australian Air Force, and a writer and consultant on defence matters. He served as Chief of the Air Staff from 1982 until 1985. Since leaving the RAAF he has published two military treatises, A Fatal Rivalry: Australia's Defence at Risk and War: A Matter of Principles, as well as an autobiography.
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Francois Fillon Scores Huge Win In French Conservative Presidential Primaries
Huffington Post - about 1 year
PARIS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Francois Fillon, a socially conservative free-marketeer, won France’s center-right presidential primaries on Sunday, setting up a likely showdown next year with far-right leader Marine Le Pen that the pollsters expect him to win. With votes from four-fifths of 10,228 polling stations counted, Fillon, who went into Sunday’s second-round run-off as firm favorite, had won over 67 percent of the vote in a head-to-head battle with another ex-prime minister, Alain Juppe. “I must now convince the whole country our project is the only one that can lift us up,” a visibly moved Fillon said at his campaign headquarters after Juppe conceded defeat. All eyes now turn to the ruling Socialist party and to whether the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande will decide to run for the left-wing ticket in his party’s primaries in January, amid signs that his prime minister, Manuel Valls, is considering a bid of his own. France, the euro zone’s second largest...
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2 Dome-Headed Dinosaurs the Size of German Shepherds Discovered
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The discovery of a pair of fossilized skulls from dome-headed dinosaurs is shedding light on how these bizarre creatures called pachycephalosaurs evolved, researchers say. The location of these skulls — in the southern Mountain states — indicates that pachycephalosaurids may have diversified in the south before they moved north and gave rise to the pachycephalosaur known as Stegoceras, said study lead researcher David Evans, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Pachycephalosaurids (which means "thick-headed lizards") were bipedal, herbivorous and possibly head-butting dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65.5 million years ago).
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U2 guitarist The Edge makes history as he rocks Sistine Chapel for cancer
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as "the most beautiful parish hall in the world". The performer, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night for about 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended a conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine called Cellular Horizons. Backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, and wearing his trademark black beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's "If it be your will", and versions of U2 songs "Yahweh", "Ordinary love" and "Walk on".
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EU Doesn't Want The U.S. Spying On European Citizens
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The European Union wants guarantees of effective limits on U.S. authorities' power to request people's personal information from companies to conclude a new EU-U.S. data transfer pact, a top EU official said on Monday, as a deadline from EU privacy regulators looms. Securing sufficient assurances U.S. spies will not access Europeans' personal data indiscriminately once it is transferred across the Atlantic has been a big sticking point in two years of talks between Brussels and Washington on a new framework for protecting data shifted to the United States. "We need guarantees that there is effective judicial control of public authorities' access to data for national security, law enforcement and public interest purposes," EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said at a conference in Brussels. The talks took on added urgency in October when the EU's top court struck down the 15-year-old Safe Harbour framework, used by more than 4,000 firms to transfer Europeans' data across t...
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U2's The Edge gets nod for Malibu homes despite fears for wildlife
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U2 guitarist The Edge won approval on Thursday to build five hilltop homes in the California celebrity enclave of Malibu despite opposition from environmentalists who fear it will endanger crucial wildlife corridors for such animals as mountain lions and bobcats, officials said. The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and his team bought the property in 2005 and since then he has pursued regulatory approval from the California Coastal Commission to be able to eventually build on the site and live there. The unanimous vote by the Coastal Commission at a meeting in Monterey, in central California, to approve the 5.2-acre (2.1-hectare) project in the exclusive beach community just outside Los Angeles marked a reversal from its 2011 decision to reject the project.
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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment
Huffington Post - over 2 years
On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment Is To Know All To Forgive All? by Lawrence D. Mass In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it? "Synchronicity" is a concept popularized by Carl Jung to describe concurrent events that may have no apparent or causal relationship, but which may be meaningfully related, even if the meaning is neither intended nor clear. Jung was the pioneering dream-interpretation psychoanalyst and "collective unconscious" spiritualist who broke with Freud, passively collaborated with Nazism, and who spearheaded the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and the addiction recovery movement. Fascinated and unsettled by the ways Jung has influenced my own life, especially via recovery and my work in ...
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Syrian, Russian Raids Kill At Least 64 In Aleppo Province
Huffington Post - over 2 years
BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - At least 64 people, including 28 children, have been killed by Syrian army and Russian air raids in the northern province of Aleppo in the past 24 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday. The raids hit Aleppo city and a number of towns and villages elsewhere in the province, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air cover intensified bombardments against insurgents throughout the country. (Reporting by John Davison, editing by David Evans) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controller was finally confirmed and the party's little-known nominee for governor took some ill-advised cracks at the only Republican to win two landslide elections as governor of the nation's largest state since Earl Warren more than 60 years ago. A month and a half after the June 3rd primary election, former Assembly Speaker John Perez dropped his recount bid and thus his race for state controller, letting his fellow Democrat, state Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, assume her spot in the November 4th run-off election against what may be the Republicans' only rising star, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. Yee finished just 481 votes ahead of the heavily favored Perez in the June open primary, as each trailed Swearengin's 25 percent of the vote with 21.7 percent each. Swearengin, a moderate conservative who backs Governor Jerry Brown'...
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Libya sends back 360 Egyptians arriving with forged visas: state media
Yahoo News - about 4 years
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya has deported 360 Egyptians who arrived on two flights with forged visas, state news agency Lana said on Sunday. The Egyptians landed at Misrata airport in central Libya and were sent back to Egypt on the same planes, the agency added, without giving any more details. Libya, facing turmoil two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, has been trying to clamp down on a trade in forged visas for workers from Egypt or other neighboring countries looking to come to the country. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by David Evans)
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With Legal Marijuana Taxes Set, All Eyes On Colorado And Washington
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved a plan for taxing their state’s legal marijuana market earlier this month. And Washington state will start issuing licenses to retailers next month to sell recreational marijuana. Washington and Colorado are set to provide a case study in the debate over legalization. That debate is expected to spread to other state legislatures next year – advocates have identified Rhode Island and Maine as potential targets – and also to foreign countries like Uruguay. It’s unlikely the outcome in Colorado or Washington will settle the issue. But both sides agree the stakes are high. “Reformers look at these two states as literally laboratories,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, a group that backs marijuana legalization. And if things go wel...
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Greek Authorities Arrest Leader Of Neo-Nazi Party Golden Dawn After Killing Of Rapper
Business Insider - over 4 years
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police arrested the leader and more than a dozen senior members and lawmakers from the far-right Golden Dawn party on Saturday after the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by a party supporter triggered outrage and protests across the country. The party's leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, two other lawmakers and 10 members were arrested on charges of founding a criminal organization. They are due to appear in court this weekend to be charged formally. Police confiscated two guns and a hunting rifle from the home of Mihaloliakos, saying he did not have a license for them. Golden Dawn, ranked Greece's third most popular party, is under investigation for the murder of Pavlos Fissas, who bled to death after being stabbed twice by a party sympathizer. "Shame on them, the people will lift Golden Dawn higher," Ilias Panagiotaros, a Golden Dawn lawmaker told reporters before his arrest. Several hundred party supporters gathered outsi...
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Chris Christie Signs Medical Marijuana Bill, Increasing Access For Children
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey, Sept 11 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Wednesday allowing sick children greater access to medical marijuana, weeks after saying he would do so if the state legislature agreed to revisions. The revisions to the bill, nicknamed "pot for tots," required that at least two doctors, including a pediatrician, approve the treatment and tightened the language to ensure that only minors could get access to edible forms of marijuana besides lozenges. "I'm pleased the legislature accepted my recommendations so that suffering children can get the treatment they need," said Christie, seen as a likely 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination. "This new law will help sick kids access the program while also keeping in place appropriate safeguards." The New Jersey state Assembly approved the legislative changes on Monday, after the state Senat...
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Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital
Huffington Post - over 4 years
* Mandela will be treated at home; condition still critical * Former president suffering from lung ailment * Public asked to give Mandela and his family space (Adds comments from Mandela's grandson) By Peroshni Govender JOHANNESBURG, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela returned to his home on Sunday where he will continue to receive intensive care after three months in hospital with a lung ailment. Mandela, 95, had spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital after he was rushed there in early June suffering from a recurring infection of the lungs, a legacy of the nearly three decades he spent in jail under apartheid. "Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in P...
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Should marijuana be legalized?
CNN - over 4 years
David Evans and Neill Franklin debate the legalization of marijuana with CNN's Piers Morgan.
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Without Weed, 'I'd Be Dead Now'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Stricken with cerebral palsy after almost being strangled in the womb by his umbilical cord, the 41-year-old Valley Village resident takes a few puffs of medical marijuana and immediately feels relief. "Weed works," he says simply. The "Diablo Kush" and "Velvet Kush" strains from Reseda Discount Caregivers dispensary relax his stiffly contorted muscles and stave off the severe depression that prompted him to make several suicide attempts over the years, including cutting his wrists and injecting Drano and Raid into his veins. The hunched figure eventually stands up straight and takes a few steps without a cane -- all while cracking jokes -- showing a glimpse of the bodybuilder and standup comic he used to be. These days in California medical marijuana patients like Zee can more or less openly take their "medication." But of course it wasn't always so. A century ago this year was when California first banned marijuana. In fact, weed historian and legalization advoc...
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Comment on U2 Quiz: For those who have ears to hear by U2′s Bono: Yes, Jesus is the Son of God
Canadian Christianity - over 4 years
[...] 1985, guitarist the Edge, whose real name is David Evans, told Star Hits, “People seem to think Christians are incredibly pious, arrogant, superior individuals, but [...]
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Bombers not gaining advantage: Evans
Byron Shire News - almost 5 years
Essendon chairman David Evans rejects claims players are gaining an edge from last year's controversial supplements program.
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More women expected to serve Mormon missions
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
More women expected to serve Mormon missions Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:58 am, Friday, January 18, 2013 Rather than having to leave at age 21 — when many women are about to start careers or perhaps are contemplating marriage and starting families — Mormon women can now serve missions shortly after high school. The change in the minimum age, the first since 1960, already has sent ripples across Mormon culture, affecting college enrollments, how university athletic coaches recruit and likely how young people date, marry and start families. Elder David Evans, executive director of the Mormon church's Missionary Department, told The Associated Press that the move is aimed primarily at giving young church members more options to fit a mission in with other plans for college, military and marriage. Many re...
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Ukip seize golden moment in Rotherham byelection campaign
Guardian (UK) - about 5 years
Nigel Farage basked in admission his anti-immigration party is 'mainstream' in seat Labour is battling to keep Jane Collins insists the timing was "purely coincidental". Yes, said Ukip's candidate for Thursday's Rotherham byelection, it was something of a boon that the party had received so much publicity after it emerged that Rotherham council had removed three young children from their foster parents because the couple were members of her party. But it was not a classic case of cynical news management. "Obviously we're getting insinuations now that this is something we've made public to hijack the byelection and that absolutely is not true," she said on Sunday. The couple in question simply called the Yorkshire branch last week "at the end of their tether", said Collins. "They phoned our branch secretary and asked what on earth they could do to get the children back." Collins went to their house and by Friday the couple were on the front page of the Telegraph. By Saturday both L...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 85
    His autobiography, Down to Earth, was launched on 19 July 2011 by former Prime Minister John Howard at Old Parliament House, Canberra.
  • 2005
    Age 79
    He was chairman of the 60th Anniversary Victory in the Pacific Steering Committee in 2005.
  • 2001
    Age 75
    In January 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society through Australian Defence Force and to the Canberra community".
  • 1998
    Age 72
    He was one of three former members of Australia's Berlin Airlift squadron to be specially honoured by the City of Berlin on the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Blockade in 1998.
  • 1997
    Age 71
    From 1997 until 2003, he was chairman of the National Capital Authority, and from 1999 until 2003 was national president of the Royal United Services Institute Australia.
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  • 1990
    Age 64
    In 1990, Evans published his critique of Australian defence policies, A Fatal Rivalry: Australia's Defence at Risk; he followed this in 2000 with War: A Matter of Principles, featuring contributions from senior soldiers and military analysts.
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  • 1987
    Age 61
    Evans also stood for political office, running as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Eden-Monaro, New South Wales, in the 1987 Australian federal election.
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  • 1986
    Age 60
    As a visiting fellow at the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in 1986, he produced a working paper focussing on the RAAF's concept of operations, Air Operations in Northern Australia.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 59
    Evans retired as CAS on 30 May 1985, having flown in excess of 8,600 hours during his RAAF career.
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    On 2 May 1985, he became the first serving member of the ADF to be invited to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra.
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  • 1984
    Age 58
    For his service as CAS, he was raised to a Companion of the Order of Australia on 11 June 1984.
  • 1983
    Age 57
    Late in 1983, Evans selected the site for the last of the Air Force's northerly "bare bases", RAAF Scherger, near Weipa on Cape York Peninsula.
  • 1982
    Age 56
    His chance remark in mid-1982 to the new Minister of Defence, Ian Sinclair, regarding the suitability of Tindal over Darwin led to the former base being chosen as the home of No. 75 (Fighter) Squadron.
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    He was promoted to air marshal and became Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) on 21 April 1982, succeeding Air Marshal Sir Neville McNamara.
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  • 1981
    Age 55
    Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1981, he was Chief of Joint Operations and Plans for the Australian Defence Force before his promotion to air marshal and elevation to Chief of the Air Staff in April 1982.
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    Evans was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia on 26 January 1981 for his achievements as CAFOPS.
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  • 1978
    Age 52
    He held this newly created position for the next two years, broken by a temporary posting as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff between January and August 1978. As CAFOPS, Evans played a major part in developing the RAAF's plans for the defence of Australia. Following America's announcement in the 1969 Guam Doctrine that its allies would have to assume greater self-reliance in their military affairs, Australia's strategic thought underwent a change from its earlier policy of "forward defence" to a more localised defensive posture.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 49
    He served as Officer Commanding RAAF Base Amberley from February 1975 until April 1977.
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    Evans held senior staff positions in the early 1970s, before serving as Officer Commanding RAAF Base Amberley from 1975 until 1977.
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  • 1973
    Age 47
    Returning to Australia, he was promoted to air commodore and appointed Director-General Plans and Policy, Air Force, in January 1973.
  • 1972
    Age 46
    He completed studies at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, in 1972.
  • 1969
    Age 43
    Evans was promoted to group captain in January 1969 and appointed Director of Air Force Plans.
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  • 1968
    Age 42
    He completed his posting to Vietnam in November 1968 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his performance as commanding officer of No. 2 Squadron. The decoration was gazetted on 2 May 1969 and backdated to 13 March.
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  • 1967
    Age 41
    Promoted to wing commander, Evans assumed control of the squadron in December 1967.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 39
    In January 1965, Evans was posted to Washington, DC, as Assistant Air Attaché, having "had quite enough of writing Air Staff Requirements".
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  • 1963
    Age 37
    Though the offer was never seriously considered, a B-47 was test flown from Amberley to Darwin in November 1963 by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Val Hancock, with Evans as passenger.
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    In January 1963, Evans was transferred to Air Staff Division, Canberra, where he helped formulate operational requirements for a new RAAF bomber.
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  • 1962
    Age 36
    From then until 1962 he served as a flight commander in No. 2 Squadron, operating Canberras out of RAAF Base Butterworth, Malaysia.
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  • 1960
    Age 34
    He underwent further training on Canberra bombers with No. 1 Operational Conversion Unit at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, graduating in May 1960.
  • 1959
    Age 33
    In November 1959, he took a refresher course at CFS, qualifying on De Havilland Vampire and English Electric Canberra jets.
  • 1958
    Age 32
    He became personal staff officer to the Minister for Air in 1958, a position he found valuable for the insight he gained into Australia's political culture.
  • 1957
    Age 31
    Promoted to squadron leader, Evans' service with the VIP flight earned him the Air Force Cross in the Queen's Birthday Honours promulgated in the London Gazette on 13 June 1957.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 25
    He served in this capacity for the next four years, including an exchange posting with the Royal New Zealand Air Force from May 1951 to July 1953.
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  • 1949
    Age 23
    Returning to Australia in November 1949, Evans was posted to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria, where he qualified as a flying instructor.
  • 1948
    Age 22
    On 23 August 1948 he married Dorothy (Gail) Campbell, the daughter of a Merchant Navy captain; the couple had three daughters and a son.
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  • 1947
    Age 21
    Evans was commissioned as a pilot officer on 3 March 1947, becoming the most junior name in the 1947 Air Force List of serving officers according to seniority.
    He gained his commission as a pilot officer in 1947.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1945
    Age 19
    He found a sympathetic ear and within days was transferred to No. 38 Squadron, with which he flew C-47 Dakota transports on a regular courier service to Japan between October 1945 and May 1948.
  • 1944
    Age 18
    After graduating as a sergeant pilot, he was posted in October 1944 to the flying staff of No. 1 Air Observer School at Evans Head, New South Wales.
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  • 1941
    Age 15
    He subsequently became one of the earliest recruits to the Air Training Corps, established in 1941 to facilitate basic training for youths aged 16 to 18 whose ambition was to become aircrew in the Royal Australian Air Force.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Selwyn Evans, known by his middle name of David, was born in the Sydney suburb of Paddington on 3 June 1925.
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