Charles Eloranta

Born 1892

Place Rauma, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Mother Soffie Wallenius

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 6.05.1913
per Shropshire
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Kalgoorlie, WA

Occupation Sailman, sailor

service number 219
enlisted 3.01.1916
POE Blackboy Hill, WA
unit B Flight 1st Squadron Australian Flying Corps
rank Air Mechanic 1st class
place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1919
discharged 28.05.1919 in London

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war 1920 Raumo, Finland, 1929 Sydney, 1934 Mount Isa, Qld


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The Australian Flying Corps was an élite unit and a small group of Russians was regarded as being sufficiently trustworthy to serve in it. They included three former seamen -- Eloranta, Juckham and Tomrop -- who served in the 1st Flying Squadron in Egypt. Edward Sevald, from Riga, who had studied at aviation school in Russia, had a successful career with the 3rd Flying Squadron in France as a sergeant mechanic. Frederick Dambelis, also from Riga, a former rigger who 'understood motor car driving', became an air-mechanic (2nd class).