125890 William John Frederick Hawley was 19 when he joined the RAAF in 1943. He was easy to follow through the electoral rolls but in 1980, when the rolls that are available on line finish, he just disappeared. What I did know was that he spent his whole life in Traralgon, Victoria and I found this interesting story about his father which also mentioned Bill.
Once again it was Ancestry.com.au which came to the rescue and I found the family on a tree belonging to Bill's niece. The medal will soon be returned to the family.
Thank you to Sandra O'H who sent me the medal.
The returned medal tally is now 1806.