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.

https://youtu.be/tc-hieXV-xo

 

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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