Lieutenant (P) DOUGLAS GEORGE ANSTEE RAN  1931 – 2022

 Doug was born in September 1931 in Melbourne.  He attended Preston High School and then was employed at the Bank of Melbourne. He joined the RAN in 1953 in NAAC8.  

During his training he was known as “Pusser” because of his immaculate appearance and his stickler for naval discipline and etiquette. He gained his wings in September 1954, achieving a high standard, and did his Operation Flying at Eglington in Northern Ireland on Fairey Fireflies and then Gannets.

On his return to Australia Doug was posted to 817 Squadron and embarked in HMAS Sydney to complete 20 deck landings on the straight deck.  In all he did 319 deck landings including 74 at night, all accident and incident free. He was endorsed on Tiger Moth, Wirraway, Provost, Gannet, Firefly 6, Sea Fury, Auster and Dakota.

He joined Qantas in July 1960 and flew Constellations for four years as a Second Officer before converting to the B707 as a First Officer.  He did a two-years in London before gaining his command on B707s in July 1969.

Doug did his B747 conversion in December 1976, and remained on that aircraft until his retirement in April 1988, amassing a total of just under 17,000 hours.  
Douglas George Anstee died in December 2022 after a short illness.  He was survived by his wife Judy, his daughters Donna and Meredith, and his son Will.