ANZAC Day Melbourne march 2018

BCCAV was again privileged to represent and pay tribute to the veterans of Bomber Command in the 2018 Melbourne ANZAC Day march held under grey skies. Also included are some images of Bomber Command related banners.

Chairman Paul Dipnall leads a contingent of Australian Air League cadets from the Niddrie Squadron along St.Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.

On the steps of St.Paul’s Cathedral waiting to form up.

Chairman Paul Dipnall and Vice-Chair Jan Dimmick along with two of her grand-children Charlie in the uniform of Carey Baptist Grammar School and Anabelle in Geelong Grammar School uniform.

The iconic Flinders Street Station at the start of the march.

Justin Camilleri, Training Officer Australian Air League Niddrie Squadron

A flying tribute by CT4s, Winjeels and a Harvard from the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

Pathfinder Force banner.

Odd Bods U.K. Association banner.

460 Squadron RAAF banner.

467 and 463 Squadron banner.

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.

The story of conserving Lancaster G for George at the AWM

Back in the early 2000s I was lucky enough to see the inside of this Lancaster while it was undergoing conservation work at the Australian War Memorial. What I found most interesting were the many signatures in pencil of some of the ‘erks’ who had worked on her during her operational life.  The AWM has written the story of this work on their website. (Keith Webb)

Link to AWM story

Christmas 2017 luncheon

On December 13th 2017 Bomber Command Commemorative Association – Victoria held a Christmas luncheon at the Toorak Services Club.
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 From left Paul Dipnall, chairman, Gerald McPherson, Arthur Atkins DFC, Bill Rudd, Jack Bell, Jan Dimmick, vice-chair.
Hosted by Club president Mike Fogarty the luncheon was the idea of our vice-chair Jan Dimmick where a small number of World War 2 veterans and their partners/carers were invited to join us to recognise their service and to celebrate the end of the year.
Among those present were two centenarians and one who was about to have his 100th birthday, it was a remarkable gathering.
Centenarian Arthur Atkins DFC served in the RAAF during the war as a pilot of a Lancaster of 625 Squadron. He flew a tour of 31 operational sorties and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Jack Bell who turns 100 on December 20th 2017 was a wireless operator who was shot down in a Bristol Bombay North Africa. He was badly injured in the crash and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner, first of the Italians and then the Germans.
While in an Italian prison camp Jack met Army private Bill Rudd who was also serving in North Africa when he was captured in 1941.
Gerald McPherson was a tail gunner on Lancasters with 186 Squadron and served a tour of 38 operational sorties.
It was our privilege to hold this event to thank these brave men.
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