Arthur Atkins DFC

It was a pleasure to meet Arthur Atkins again at the 2019 Kew RSL march. At the age of 101 Arthur still has the appearance of a fit man 20 years his junior.

We were privileged to be invited to Arthur’s 100th birthday celebrations where this short video was made of Arthur, a natural storyteller talking about formating on a B17 in his Lancaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrthvGpy0QQ&fbclid=IwAR2DvtpwIA3gFUht199zfM5au6Nl95OINAAgEBkduMrD3fwaIEfK4302ZxU

Back in 2014 when Arthur was only 95 Keith Webb, committee member of BCCAV recorded an interview with him for the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes project. Here’s a short edit from that interview where Arthur speaks about the perils of ‘George’, the Lancaster’s automatic pilot.

https://youtu.be/4RyW4OX8PR0

 

2018 Annual Commemorative Day Service

IMG_8241Our service held in the Western Gallery at the Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday June 10th was presented to a full congregation keen to remember and honour those who served in Bomber Command during World War 2.

Master of Ceremonies Michael Veitch reminded us of the words of the late author and veteran Don Charlewood who said he often pondered the loss of what might have been had the fallen been able to fulfil their potential as scientists, artists and politicians.
Our Chairman Paul Dipnall spoke of the horrific loss of Australian life during those years.
Guest speaker Air Commodore Glen Braz CSC DSM paid eloquent tribute to our veterans, past and present.

The ceremony continued with the laying of wreaths and was completed with a flyover by both the RAAF Museum Point Cook and the Royal Victorian Aero Club.

Link to the video of the event

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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.