Our annual meet and greet cocktail function was well attended this year and included several former Bomber Command veterans.
It’s a great opportunity to meet veterans, contributors to our Shrine commemorative ceremony and committee.
Chairman Paul Dipnall spoke of the activities of our association throughout the past year.
Our thanks goes to those everyone who attended and also the president of the Toorak RSL, Mike Fogarty for providing us with this excellent venue.
Marie White, Lawrie Larmer and Ralph White.
Lawrie Larmer trained as a pilot at 11 EFTS Benalla and gained his wings in Canada on Cessna Cranes before being posted to England to join Bomber Command. He completed 5 operational sorties on Halifax aircraft with Australian 466 Squadron.
Ralph White also learnt to fly on Tiger Moths at Benalla and was posted to Mallala in South Australia where he was awarded his wings flying Avro Ansons. He too was posted to Bomber Command in England where after flying Wellingtons at 21 OTU, Litchfield was posted to fly the Halifax with 192 Squadron involved in special duties disrupting the German defences during bombing operations.
Chairman Paul Dipnall with Squadron Leader Derek Fox. Derek is part of the RAAF Point Cook Museum flight and led the formation of CT4 and Winjeel aircraft at our Shrine ceremony.
Paul Dipnall with Reverend John Brownbill OAM. John, a Korean War veteran presents the dedication address each year at our Commemoration service at the Shrine.