BCCAV Commemorative Service 2017

Our annual Commemorative Day Service on Sunday May 21st 2017 was a fitting tribute to our veterans.

For those who were unable to attend here are links to the video segments of the commemoration.

Welcome by Steve Campbell-Wright

Significance of the occasion by Paul Dipnall, Chairman BCCAV

Invocation by Rev John Brownbill

Wings of Thunder reading by Jan Dimmick

Guest Speaker – Stephen P. Longbottom

Commemorative flyover by RAAF Museum, Point Cook and Royal Victorian Aero Club

Peter Isaacson AM DFC AFC DFM 1920-2017

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Patron Peter Isaacson this week at the age of 96.

Peter enlisted in the RAAF in December 1940.

After initial training at Somers, he was categorised as a pilot and posted to No.8 EFTS Narranderra for his elementary flying training on Tiger Moths.

Categorised for single engine aircraft he was next posted to Canada for his service flying training at No.2 SFTS at Uplands near Ottawa on Harvards where he gained his wings.

He was next sent to England but because there was a requirement for bomber pilots he converted to multi engine aircraft.

Peter’s first operational trip in a Wellington which was also the first of the thousand bomber raids with Cologne as the target.

Peter joined 460 Squadron and converted onto the Halifax, his first 4 engined type. Half way through the conversion the Halifaxes were withdrawn and he started flying the Lancaster.

He volunteered as a Pathfinder and completed the full Pathfinder tour of 45 operational sorties and was selected to pioneer the East to West route to Australia in a brand new Lancaster, Queenie IV in 1943.

He toured this aircraft around Australia and New Zealand raising funds for War Bonds and achieved a measure of fame for flying it under the Sydney Harbour bridge. This aircraft was badly damaged at Evans Head but was repaired.

Following his Lancaster flying Peter was posted to No1 OTU at Sale to instruct on Beauforts.

He was discharged from the RAAF in February 1946 and went on to a highly successful career as a publisher.

Peter was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal after completing 22 trips as a Sergeant Pilot and later the Air Force Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross.

We will bring you details of his memorial service when they are announced.

BCCAV wish to extend sincere condolences to Peter’s family at this time.


Australian War Memorial Bomber Command 75th anniversary Luncheon notice

The following is the text of a message received from the Australian War Memorial regarding the luncheon to follow the 75th Anniversary commemoration of Bomber Command on 4 June:

“Australian War Memorial Bomber Command Luncheon, 4 June 2017

“To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the commencement of Royal Australian Air Force squadrons’ operations with Bomber Command, the Australian War Memorial will be holding a luncheon for the veterans and widows, family, and friends of those who served with Bomber Command. The event will be held at 12.30 pm on Sunday 4 June 2017 in Anzac Hall, following the annual Bomber Command Wreath laying Ceremony held at the Bomber Command Memorial in the Sculpture Garden.

“To RSVP and register to attend the Bomber Command Luncheon please find all information via the Australian War Memorial website at https://www.awm.gov.au/bomber-command-luncheon-registration/

“or by contacting the Events Hotline 02 6206 9813.

“Please note numbers for the luncheon are limited and preference will be given to veterans and widows of those who served with Bomber Command. Families and friends of veterans are welcome to register, and guests will be contacted from Thursday 4 May 2017 regarding their luncheon registration.

“Bomber Command Luncheon registration page on the Memorial’s website is now live, please see links below:

“         Luncheon Registration Page: https://www.awm.gov.au/bomber-command-luncheon-registration/

“         Registration form: https://www.awm.gov.au/bomber-command-lunch-form/

“Further details regarding the Bomber Command events held over the June weekend will be uploaded onto the Memorial’s Events Calendar (https://www.awm.gov.au/events/ ) in the next week.

Events | Australian War Memorial



This is the official website of the Bomber Command Commemorative Association Victoria (Inc). The Association exists to ensure, in perpetuity, the continuance of the memory of those Australians, and particularly the Victorians, who served in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Latest News:

  • Newsletter Edition 3 (August 2016) is now available.
  • The next annual BCCAV Cocktail Party will be on Saturday 4 March 2017 at the Toorak RSL.
  • The next Bomber Command Commemorative Day Ceremony in Melbourne will be held on Saturday 21st May 2017 at the Shrine of Remembrance. Stay tuned for further details.


Veterans after the 2015 ceremony, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne