Stories of Interest

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


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82nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

On the 82nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, we honoured those who served and who lost their lives.

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New AD ASTRA Podcast: WWII Veteran Vern Roberts

LISTEN: WWII veteran Vern Roberts WWII talks about witnessing the signing of the Surrender in Morotai. 

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CONTACT Autumn 2024 is Out Now

Have you read the latest edition of our Contact newsletter? Our AUTUMN 2024 edition is out now.

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The Search for Caribou - VM-JML

On 28 August 1972, a RAAF Caribou carrying 28 PNG Army cadets was reported missing enroute from Lae to Port Moresby, instigating a search and rescue operation. FLGOFF Graeme Christian (Retd), captain of the rescue Iroquois A2-490, recounts the events. (Article source: WINGS Autumn 2023) 

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NEW: AD ASTRA Podcast - Henry Young WW2 Pilot

LISTEN: Henry Young, WW2 Naval Seafire and Sea Fury Pilot, chats with interviewer, Gareth McCray OAM.

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Latest AD ASTRA Podcast: AC John Oddie (retd) AM CSC

Listen: AC John Oddie (retd) AM, CSC - Operations in War, Border Protection, Peace Keeping, Humanitarian Relief.

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AM for Veterans’ Advocate, Sharon Bown

Former AFA national Vice President Sharon Bown has received an AM in the King's Birthday honours.

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Aces & Innovators - Peter Stuart Isaacson AM, DFC, AFC, DFM

We look at the life and career of flying ace, Peter Isaacson, the ninth AFA Victoria president from 1956 to 1959. 

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Latest AD ASTRA Podcast: AM Mel Hupfeld AO DSC

AD ASTRA podcasts are an AFA and AFA NSW initiative, capturing recollections of our Air Force people. Listen now. 

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RAF Tornado (GR4) Gifted to Australia

The Royal Air Force has donated a Tornado GR4 to the AFA (WA Division) Aviation Heritage Museum.

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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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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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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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Saved from the Rubbish Bin – The Boys of Hut 15

Some time ago, a builder, who was demolishing an old suburban house in Melbourne, noticed an envelope with faded snapshots dumped in a rubbish bin. Here is the story behind some more of those old photos.

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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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“The Luck of the Draw” (pt 1) - A Story from the Catalina Archives

Philip Cooke shares a story from one of the detailed logbooks his father, 20 SQN 1st Engineer Allan George Cooke, kept during his WWII service as member of a Catalina flying boat crew.

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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 - 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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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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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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