Vickers-Williams, James John

James, or Jim as he was known to his friends, was born on the 16th July 1918 at Millhill, United Kingdom. His family migrated to Australia in 1925 and he was educated at Brighton Grammar School and Haileybury in Victria. He enlisted in the RAAF in Melbourne on the 12th September 1941. After he completed his training, he embarked for … Read More

Bullock, Peter William

Peter was born on the 7th September 1924 in Mt Gambier, South Australia. The family moved to Townsville and he attended Townsville Grammar School where he achieved his Senior Certificate. Peter joined the RAAF  on the 20th December 1942, ITS Kingaroy Queensland. 5 EFTS Narromine, 5 SFTS Uranquinty. The photo is of him as a Flying Officer in his cockpit at … Read More

Brennan, Virgil Paul, DFC, DFM

Virgil, known as Paul to his friends, was born on the 6th March 1920 in Warwick, Queensland. Paul enlisted on the 8th November 1940. After training in Canada, he was sent to Britain in August 1941. In October, he was posted to 64 Squadron, but early the next year he was sent to Malta as a Flight Sergeant. Flying off HMS … Read More

Briggs, Clive Roy

Roy, as he was known to his mates, was born in NSW.  Roy served with 131 Squadron in Europe from October 1941 to August 1942. He was then repatriated to Australia and flew with 457 Squadron. Phil ListemannThe Spitfire Association

Cable, William “Bill” Oswald, DFC

William, or Bill as he was known to his friends, was born in NSW. He enlisted in Brisbane, and shortly after sailed to Eritrea, Africa. The photo is of a group of RAAF personal on their transport ship, with Bill on the far right.After pilot training, he spent two years on the Egyptian front, after which he was attached to … Read More

Gardner, Ronald Charlie, DFC

Ronald was born on the 25th December 1918 in Merewether, New South Wales. In Ronald’s own words:“Prior to joining the Air Force, I was conscripted into the Australian Army as a Riflemen Machine Gunner in the 45th Battalion, St George Regiment, service no. A440149, training from the 9th January 1940 until the 7th November 1941. However, my childhood love of … Read More

Rankin, Norman Frederick

Norm was born on the 4th September 1921 in Bangalow, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 11th November 1940. Norm started training at No.2 ITS, Bradfield Park, NSW, before moving to No.8 EFTS in Narrandera. There, he qualifed on Tiger Moths in early 1941. Later, he moved with many of the other fellows to Canada … Read More

Lumley, Albert “Smokey” Laurence

Albert, or “Smokey” as he was known to his mates, was born on the 13th October 1916 in Leichhardt, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 24th May 1941 and started his initial training at No.10 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School) Temora in NSW, where he learnt to fly the DH82, the famous Tiger Moth. After … Read More

Broomhead, Jeffrey “Bob” Earnest

Jeffrey, or Bob as he was known to his friends, was born in Glenelg, South Australia on the 28th January 1916. He enlisted at Tamworth on the 8th October 1940. He was sent to Bradfield Park, then posted to No 10 Elementary Flying Training School, Temora, where his training was delayed because of bad weather. He then went to No … Read More

Bell, John “Dinger” Thompson, DFC

John was born on the 11th January 1921 in South Yarra, Victoria. Dinger, as he was known to his mates, enlisted into the RAAF on the 6th January 1941. His first tour of operations was in the Middle East with No 450 Squadron RAAF from March to May 1942, then with 274 Squadron from May 1942 to March 1943.  He … Read More