Air Force Association Victoria

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Stories of Interest

Here you will find a wide variety of stories about the people and events who shaped our Air Force history.  If you have a story to share, please email us at office@afavic.org.au


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AFA Victoria honoured with a second Norman Clifford

AFA Victoria received a surprise gift from a generous benefactor at our annual Christmas function.

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“The Luck of the Draw” (Pt 2) - from the logbooks of a WWII Catalina engineer.

Part 2 of our story from the logbooks of Allan Cooke, Catalina Flying Boat Engineer, during WWII.

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ANZAC Day: WW2 Veteran Jack Bell Speaks With 3AW

WW2 and RAAF veteran Jack Bell shared his experiences as a PoW and his message of compassion, respect and honour with 3AW's Neil Mitchell.

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Vale Dudley Marrows, DSO DFC Legion de Honor.  

WWII war hero and Sunderland flying boat captain with 461 Squadron, Dudley Marrows, passed away on 11 March, aged 101.

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Official Opening of Historic Airport Hut 48, Ballarat

The Ballarat Branch hosted an official opening of their newly allocated rooms in the recently restored Airport Hut 48 at the Ballarat Aerodrome on Thursday 28 March, with guest speaker WWII veteran, Mr Jack Bell, 101.

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Rise of the Phoenix - The Story Continues (Part 2)

Earlier this year, we brought you Part 1 of the story of the restoration of Australia's only surviving B-24 Liberator, Part 2 continues the story...

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The B24 Liberator Memorial Gains Museum Accreditation

The B24 Liberator Memorial Australia joins the 75 Victorian collections accredited by Australian Museums and Galleries in Victoria.

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Hundreds Gather to Remember WW1 Armistice

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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A song for veterans launched at the Shrine

Melbourne singer/songwriter Mike Brady (Up There Cazaly) launched his new song “This Place” in October at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

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WWII Memories of 2 Squadron

This wonderful piece on the memories of Mr Alex Greig (125672) of his time with 2SQN in WWII, was written by his wife, Mrs Deidre Greig.

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Vale Keith Watts: A Son Remembers His Dad

Keith Watts, WWII Veteran and Life Member of the Air Force Association, passed away in September at 103 years of age. His son David remembers him...

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Historic Painting Presented to the Association

A stunning Norman Clifford painting of RAAF Base Point Cook as it was in 1914 has been presented to the Air Force Association – Victoria by AIRCDRE E J (Ted) Bushell AM (retd).

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The Australian Flying Corps Memorial, RAAF Base Point Cook

The Australian Flying Corps Memorial was funded by the Australian Flying Corps Association and created to honour the airmen who fought so valiantly for the noble purpose of preserving freedom.

 

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Stories of the Armistice: The Cost of War

The graves and memorials of brave Australian troops – many unknown and unidentified - lay scattered across northern France and Belgium reminding us of the price paid by a small distant brave nation for its involvement in the Great War.

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Stories of the Armistice: The Signing of The WW1 Armistice

Close to midnight on the 7th of November 1918, a German delegation crossed the front line with white flags flying, where a train was waiting to take them to a secret rendezvous in the great forest of Compiègne in France.

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Stories of the Armistice: The Birth of the Australian Flying Corps

Following the decision that the armed forces of the British Empire should exploit the air as a means of warfare, the Australian Flying Corps was established on 20 September 1912.

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Stories of the Armistice: The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War.

Four operational Australian Flying Corps squadrons left Australia in 1916 bound for combat in the Great War.

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Saving Boxer 22 - The Largest Rescue Mission of the Vietnam War

In December 1969 the effort to recover two downed US Air Force airmen snowballed into their largest search and rescue mission of the Vietnam War.

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75th Anniversary of Hell Fire Pass and Thai-Burma Railway

A national commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of  Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway will be held on 16 October 2018 at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat.

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Eleanor & Margaret - Two Women, Two Continents and a Wedding Dress

What could two ladies from opposite ends of the world - one dominant in American society, the other a humble English woman – have in common? The answer? Generosity. 

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Rise of the Phoenix - An Australian B24 Liberator Restoration

This is the story of the restoration of Australia's only surviving B-24 Liberator and a group of dedicated people who banded together in a common cause: to find and restore it.

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‘Gallantry Spent’ painting wins Award

An oil painting depicting Australian Light Horsemen riding in the desert has been awarded the 2017 AFA (Victoria) Story Writing and Art Competition prize.

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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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Tetbury – Remembering the AFC a century on

Remembrance Day 2017 marks the centenary year of the 1st (Training) Wing’s arrival in Tetbury, and on this day Group Captain Carl Schiller OAM CSM (Retd), presented on behalf of the Air Force Association a bronze plaque commemorating the airmen who died during the Wing’s operation from nearby Leighterton and Minchinhampton airfields.

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Care Parcel 2017

On 9 November a team of Air Force Association Victoria volunteers gathered at the Association’s Hawthorn office to assemble and dispatch 705 care parcels for deployed Air Force personnel in the Middle East and elsewhere.

This year the AFA team was joined by volunteers from 21 Squadron, led by their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Nigel Leurs. As past recipients of the AFA’s Care Parcel Program, the 21 Squadron members know how important it is to receive a little something from home at Christmas.

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