Born in Shanghai in 1931, John Dudley came to Australia as a refugee just prior to Pearl Harbour. He joined the RAN as a recruit Naval Airman in ’51 and became an Observer, serving variously on 723, 851, 816 and 817 Squadrons.
He also spent some time at the School of Languages specialising in Mandarin, and had sought postings with Foreign Affairs – although it is not clear if he was successful in that endeavour. In later life he became an International Broadcaster with Radio Australia and won many awards for his portraits, of which the above is one (ie a self portrait).
Dudley died in February 2018 after a long illness.