Denis Kelly

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.


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.