Peter Isaacson was our patron until his death in 2017. We thought it fitting that we should remember him at this time where we remember those who served. This short video is part of an interview made in 2009 by Keith Webb for the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes Project. Peter is speaking here about joining Pathfinder Force.
Wireless Operator Denis Kelly enlisted in the RAAF in 1942. Trained as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner he was posted to England and flew in Lancasters with 467 Squadron RAAF.
His aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter with upward firing ‘Schrage Musik’ cannon. Les tells the story in this excerpt from an interview by Keith Webb for the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes project.
Denis evaded capture and finished the war with the rank of Flying Officer.
He passed away in September 2019.
Lest we forget.
There were many heroic actions by the men of Bomber Command during the Battle of the Rhur. Henry Wrigley singles out three stories here.
Find out more about Henry Wrigley here: https://bombercommand.org.au/air-vice-marshal-wrigleys-book-of-heroes/
Pilot Officer Dunstan was a remarkable hero as detailed in Henry Wrigley’s story.
Read about Henry Wrigley here: https://bombercommand.org.au/air-vice-marshal-wrigleys-book-of-heroes/
It was a pleasure to meet Arthur Atkins again at the 2019 Kew RSL march. At the age of 101 Arthur still has the appearance of a fit man 20 years his junior.
We were privileged to be invited to Arthur’s 100th birthday celebrations where this short video was made of Arthur, a natural storyteller talking about formating on a B17 in his Lancaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrthvGpy0QQ&fbclid=IwAR2DvtpwIA3gFUht199zfM5au6Nl95OINAAgEBkduMrD3fwaIEfK4302ZxU
Back in 2014 when Arthur was only 95 Keith Webb, committee member of BCCAV recorded an interview with him for the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes project. Here’s a short edit from that interview where Arthur speaks about the perils of ‘George’, the Lancaster’s automatic pilot.
Bomber Command Commemorative Association of Victoria was honoured to represent all veterans of the RAAF who gave so much of themselves during WW2 at the Kew RSL Anzac Day march held in brilliant sunshine on Sunday April 14th.
Our contingent was led by Chair Paul Dipnall and Vice-Chair Jan Dimmick. It was a pleasure to participate along with the Niddrie Squadron of the Air League Cadets who carried our banner. Well done to the Kew RSL for their hospitality and great company. Our thanks and appreciation to Gavin Fahey, President Kew RSL and his Committee for their hospitality and goodwill on the day.
Members of the Niddrie Squadron of the Air League Cadets with Paul Dipnall outside the Kew RSL before the march to the Kew Cenotaph
Mrs. Jan Dimmick, BCCAV Vice Chair
Arthur Atkins DFC, former Lancaster pilot with 625 Sqn RAF, aged 101 years.
Former Committee member Scott Bramley, Middle School Chaplain, Carey Baptist Grammar School with student representatives, Liam Bradley (in front of Scott), Jamie Holmes, Carey Middle School Captain (with wreath) and Hamish Bradley.
BCCAV Chair Paul Dipnall with Arthur Atkins DFC and Vice Chair Jan Dimmick
Slat grille Jeep owned by Gordon Edwards, Victorian Military Vehicle Corps
All veterans and family members are warmly invited to attend this most important event.
Assembly point will be on the south side (station side) of Flinders St. The step off time will be 10.20 am. Walk down Finders St from the clocks (westerly direction) and you will find us. Look for our banner.
For veterans who need transport, there is a request form attached here. Request – RACV Transport
The McGregor brothers tell the story of Bomber Command in this brilliant documentary.
You can now help support the work of BCCAV by becoming a member of our Association