Kew ANZAC Day ceremony 22 April 2017

A magnificient community event was held at Kew on Sunday April 22nd in the lead up to ANZAC Day. Bomber Command Commemorative Association were proud to be involved with students from Carey Baptist Grammar and Australian Air League cadets from the Niddrie Squadron.

BCCAV Chairman Paul Dipnall with Air League cadets outside the Kew RSL.

The march proceeded down Cotham Road to the Kew Cenotaph with both the cadets and Carey students.

Opposite the Kew Cenotaph.

 

Photographs courtesy of Justin Camilleri.

Bomber Command Commemorative Day Canberra, Sunday 3rd June 2018

The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of June 2018 heralds another important weekend of commemoration for those who served in Bomber Command as ground crew or flight crew.

It also serves to recognise the surviving veterans of WWII Bomber Command.

The weekend commences with the Last Post Ceremony on Saturday night at 4.55 pm when the Australian War Memorial will commemorate another RAAF member from the Bomber Command squadrons. This live service at the Memorial is a most moving event which is highly recommended to attend.

The Foundation will then host an informal Meet & Greet at the QT Hotel.

The traditional Sunday morning service and wreath laying commencing at 11.00 am at the Memorial will be followed by the traditional luncheon at the QT Hotel.

2018 ANZAC Day march

The Chairman and Committee of the Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Vic) extend a very warm welcome to all veterans and family members to participate in the 2018 ANZAC Day march.

As we have in recent years our committee is coordinating the Bomber Command section which is due to set off around 11.30AM from the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral. We will be assembling there from 10.30AM. We will eventually formate on the eastern side of Flinders and Swanston St as the lead group for all RAAF squadrons.

We hope you and your family members can participate this year to remember your loved ones’ service to their country in Bomber Command, who distinguished themselves in so many remarkable ways.

It is your participation that helps ensure the importance of the role of all who served is not forgotten through the passage of time. It is our obligation as a committee to ensure this is always commemorated and not allowed to be forgotten.

No matter what your age please come along and proudly march in memory of the fallen.

As in the past we have secured the support of the Air League of Australia who will be providing Air Cadets to carry the historic Bomber Command banner. Please look for the banner on the steps of St. Paul’s as a rallying point when you arrive.

This year we will also have the support of the middle school of Carey Baptist Grammar and St. Leonards College who are our adopted schools under the Shrine of Remembrance education policy. We do this to ensure the legacy of all servicemen and women is carried forward to the next generation.

For anyone with mobility problems we can provide vehicles for your comfort. You can still participate but please let us know in advance if you require motor vehicle assistance. We will do everything possible to ensure you are able to participate.

The future success and legacy of Bomber Command servicemen and women rests on all of us to support and participate in good numbers.

If you have any questions regarding the participation of family members please direct them via email to this website (www.bombercommand.org.au) or to our Facebook page.

So come along, participate, meet like minded friends and proudly support the veterans and the fallen of Bomber Command.

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Peter Isaacson flies Lancaster underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge

In 1943 the late Peter Isaacson AM DFC AFC DFM and his crew flew a brand new Lancaster from England to Australia travelling from East to West. Once in Australia they embarked on a War Bonds fundraising tour of Australia and New Zealand. This was about a year before the famous G-Gorge now in the Australian War Memorial was flown here.

Here’s the page from Peter’s logbook with that flight underlined in red.

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From Peter’s scrapbook.

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A photo from the day before with Peter as best man to his navigator whom he mentions having to wake up.

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Image Control made an ANZAC Day documentary for Channel 7 in 2002 and part of this was Peter’s story of flying ‘Queenie VI’ under the bridge in October 1943.