RAF 100th celebration at Government House Melbourne

BCCAV Committee members were invited to a RAF centenary celebration morning tea at Government House, Melbourne, hosted by The Honourable Linda Dessau AC.

The gathering was also addressed by British Consul General Christopher Holtby OBE who spoke of his grandfather’s association both with Bomber Command and Australia as he was involved with the ‘Highball’ bouncing bomb trials which took place at Narromine in Australia. The Highball was a smaller version of the bouncing bomb to be delivered by Mosquito aircraft in an anti-shipping role but the war’s end precluded its use.

Committee members Jan Dimmick, Paul Dipnall and Ros Buzza

Governor Linda Dessau greets a former RAF missile specialist.

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