Memorials

Honouring Our Legacy and Our People

The Air Force Association actively participates in all major national commemorative events and extends the hand of camaraderie to those who have served or are serving, and their families, through social gatherings and reunions.

We owe it to our current and future veterans to honour and uphold our Air Force heritage and proud tradition of service.  

Here, we honour and remember people and events who have shaped our Air Force history with stories and pictures.

LEST WE FORGET


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AFA Submission to Honours & Awards Inquiry

In recognition of ADF members who are injured, wounded or killed in or because of service.

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The Story of an Australian KIA at the Battle of Britain.

Research into Richard (“Dickie”) Reynell RAF 32091 - an Aussie pilot killed in action in the Battle of Britain in 1940 - revealed a unique story of a remarkable individual who became one of the “The Few” that were both test pilots and fighter pilots. 

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Aces & Innovators of the RAAF: Sir Lawrence Wackett

Sir Lawrence James Wackett KBE, DFC, AFC (1896 – 1982) is widely regarded as "father of the Australian aircraft industry". He has been described as "one of the towering figures in the history of Australian aviation covering virtually all aspects of activities: pilot, designer of airframes and engines, entrepreneur and manager.  

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AFA Remembers Fallen at Last Post Ceremony

The life and service of FLGOFF Edward Rowell was commemorated at the Last Post Ceremony on 30 January.

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Aces & Innovators of the RAAF: Captain Arthur Henry (Harry) Cobby

Captain (later Air Commodore) Harry Cobby GM, CBE, DSO, DFC and 2 Bars, MID, US Medal of Freedom was President of the Victorian Division of the Air Force Association from 1944 to 1946.  He served in the Australian Flying Corps in the First World War and in the RAAF during the Second World War.

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The Battle for Australia Commemoration Broadcast

A special broadcast commemorating the role of the RAAF in the Battle for Australia.

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2021 VP day Commemoration Speech by WGCDR (Retd) Daryll Topp

WGCDR (Retd) Daryll Topp, Vice President Air Force Association Victoria, was invited by RSL Victoria to speak at the Shrine of Remembrance on the occasion of VP Day 2021. COVID restrictions meant that this event was unable to occur. We have re-produced Daryll’s speech below.

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CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF AIR VICE MARSHAL (RETD) ALAN REED, AO DFC (US) with Oak Leaf Cluster

The Air Force Association honours the life and career of AVM Alan Reed who passed away in August 2021. His love of and dedication to the RAAF will well known.  Here we share some of Alan Reed’s story.

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ANZAC Day 2021 - Commemorative Address by Max McGregor

ANZAC Day 2021 Commemorative Address by the President of the Air Force Association Victoria, Max McGregor.

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ANZAC Day 2021 – Last Post Tribute

We commemorate ANZAC Day 2021 with this Last Post tribute.

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Air Force Centenary - 31 March 2021

The Royal Australian Air Force will mark its 100th anniversary with a spectacular flypast over Canberra.

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Closing the Bracelets - Magpie 91

The story of bringing home the crew of Magpie 91 and closing the final bracelets (video).

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The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” - Sir Winston Churchill

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50th Anniversary of the loss of Magpie 91

Tuesday 3rd November marks the 50th Anniversary of the loss of Magpie 91 in South Vietnam in 1970.

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National Peacekeepers' Day - 14 September

On 14 September, we remember and thank those who have served on international peacekeeping operations. 

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Vale AM David Evans AC, DSO, AFC RAAF

We remember Air Marshal Selwyn David Evans AC, DSO, AFC RAAF, 3 June 1925 – 2 September 2020

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Vietnam Veterans' Day - 18th August 2020

On Vietnam Veterans' Day, we pause to remember our RAAF veterans who served in Vietnam. (video)

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Victory in the Pacific Day - 15 August 2020

The 15th August 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Pacific War and World War II. Watch our video.

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ANZAC Day 2020 Commemoration

A unique Commemoration on Saturday 25 April 2020 -  a message from the President of AFA Victoria.

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Battle of Bismarck Sea Commemorative Service - March 2019

The 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Bismarck Sea Commemorative Service was held at RAAF Base Richmond on Thursday, 7 March 2019.

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Hundreds Gather to Remember WW1 Armistice - November 2018

On Sunday 4thNovember, almost 700 people made the journey to RAAF Base Point Cook to mark the centenary of the signing of the WW1 Armistice on 11 November and honour the memory of those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Malay & Borneo Veterans Association Memorial Service – 30 August 2018

Veterans and families are invited to join this year's Malay & Borneo Veterans’ Association Memorial Day service at the Shrine of Remembrance on Friday 30thAugust.

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National Malaya & Borneo Veterans' Memorial Service – 31 August 2018

A Commemorative Service for Malaya and Borneo veterans was held at the Shrine of Remembrance on 31 August. AFA member and Confrontation veteran, Noel Hutchins was there...

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180 People Attend the 2017 Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial

On a beautiful Spring Sunday, the 19th November 2017, around 180 people made the Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial RAAF Williams Point Cook to witness the unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque and remember those who served and those who serve.

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Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic - with Dudley Marrows

Distinguished Sunderlander and Air Force Association Life Member, Dudley Marrows DSO DFC Legion de Honor was an aircraft pilot during the Battle of the Atlantic. Read his remarkable story here. 

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