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Australian Gold Coast Branch of the Air Crew Association (ACA)
Service Profiles and Associated Stories – 'As It Happened'
Air Crew Association members are current and retired military air crew who have been granted a flying brevet in the British Commonwealth of Nations and Allied Air Forces. Gold Coast members served variously from 1935 to 1986.
Listed Service Profiles provide particulars of members who have voluntarily agreed to publication of the framework of their military flying careers. Associated Stories are told in a separate section entitled As It Happened (AIH) . In the list of Service Profiles, those who have submitted stories have AIH beside their names.
Emulating its members' past nomadic-style Service life, the Gold Coast Branch's only permanency is in the camaraderie (comradely trust) at its heart. That endemic friendship is enjoyed at quarterly luncheons which also involve wives and partners.
We are indebted to the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Victoria, for the provision of a home for members' voluntary and unverified contributions of Service Profiles and Associated Stories from their flying experiences. In the main, members' anecdotes have been written in the first person in an endeavour to retain the personality of the individual.
Some have been recorded as submitted, others have been written or edited by our archivist, Eric Cathcart, from details provided by members. He has also recorded some general interest and copyright-free stories in his AIH section.
Final drafts of all submissions were approved by members before becoming part of this archival material.
These profiles and stories were donated to the RAAF Museum by the Gold Coast Branch of the Air Crew Association.
|See Legend below for explanations of AirCrew Category and Country Served|
|SERVICE PROFILE||AIH||AIRCREW CATEGORY||DATES OF SERVICE||COUNTRIES & WAR THEATRES|
|ABRAHAMS Bryen||–||P||1951–58||Aust, Malaya|
|ALCOCK Ron||AIH||P/AD||1942–77||Aust, Japan, Malaysia, SW Pacific|
|ALLEN Vesey||–||P||1941–46||Aust, Burma, SW Pacific, UK|
|BARNES Fred||AIH||P||1943–81||Aust, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, SW Pacific, UK, USA|
|BISHOP Abby||AIH||N/BA||1943–45||Aust, SW Pacific|
|BRADFORD Eric||–||P/ATC||1943–45||Aust, Canada|
|Aust, Europe, UK|
|Aust, Europe, Malaya/Malaysia, Manus Island (PNG), UK|
|CORNISH Geoff||AIH||P||1939–46 RAF||Aust, Europe, UK, POW|
|DRURY Ray||–||P||1944–80||Aust, Canada, Malaya, UK|
|EDWARDS Ron||AIH||P||1940–46||Aust, Egypt, Kenya, SW Pacific, UK|
|EDWARDS Sandy||AIH||P||1941–46 RNZAF||Europe, NZ, UK|
|FORREST Jim||AIH||P||1940–46 RAF
1946–59 RAF Res
|Canada, Europe, Nth Africa, UK|
|FRY Charles||AIH||P||1939-46||Aust, Crete, Egypt, Greece, UK, POW|
|FUGER Jim||–||P||1941–45||Aust, Europe, UK|
|FURLONGER Kev||–||W/AG/ATC||1943–74||Aust, Europe, UK|
|GUNTON Gerry||AIH||P||1954–86||Aust, Malaysia, UK|
|HALES Peter||–||P||1966–89||Aust, Egypt|
|JOHNSTON Pete||AIH||W/AG||1943–54||Aust, Germany, Japan, Malaya, SW Pacific|
|JORDAN Sam||–||N||1941–79||Aust, Malaya, Singapore, SW Pacific, UK|
|KING Tom||–||P||1941–45||Aust, SW Pacific|
|LACKEY Ray||–||P||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|LAW Russ||–||P||1950–84||Aust, Korea, Malaya, UK, USA|
1946–48 RAF Res
|UK, Canada, Europe
Aust, UK, Vietnam
|MAGUIRE Ossie||–||N/AG||1943–45||Aust, SW Pacific|
|MARLEY Jack||AIH||N||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|Aust, Europe, UK, POW|
|MEIKLE Angus||AIH||P||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|MORGAN Max||–||P||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|MOXON Glen||–||N/BA||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|NEWLYN Doug||–||P/ATC||1942–78||Aust, Europe, Malaya, UK|
|NICHOLSON Ken||AIH||P||1941–47 RAF||Aust, Burma, Ceylon, East Africa, Fiji, Singapore, Sth Africa, Sth Rodesia, UK|
|O'CONNOR Neil||AIH||P||1941–46||Aust, Egypt, Europe, Kenya, Rhodesia, Middle East, Nth Africa, Sth Africa, UK|
|PARKER John||–||P||1950–70||Aust, Korea, Malayasia, Thailand|
|PATCH Stan||–||P||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|READ Eric||–||P||1935–45||Aust, SW Pacific|
|ROBSON Keith||AIH||N||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
GS 1951–54 RAAF
|SARJEANT Bob||–||P||1941–45 RAF||Africa, Canada, UK|
|SHARP Ken||AIH||P||1943–50||Aust, Canada, Japan|
|SMITH Geoff||AIH||P/ATC||1941–54||Aust, Canada, Europe, UK, POW|
|SNOW Quentin||AIH||AG||1942–46||Aust, UK, Europe|
|Aust, Europe, Italy, Nth Africa, UK|
|TAYLOR Aub||–||N/W||1942–46||Aust, Europe, UK|
|TUPPER Pat||–||P/GP/W||1942–50||Aust, Canada, Europe|
|VAN EUPEN Rob||–||P||1941–46 RNZAF||Europe, NZ, UK|
|VIAL Allan||AIH||N||1941–45||Aust, Europe, UK|
|WALKER Ken||AIH||P||1943–45 RNZAF||Europe, NZ, UK|
RAAF Reserves - 5 yrs
|Aust, Canada, Europe, UK|
|WHITE Frank||–||AG||1942–45||Aust, Europe, UK|
|WHITE Noel L.||–||P||1943–45||Aust, SW Pacific|
|WHITEHEAD John||–||P||1950–82||Aust, Japan, Korea, UK, Vietnam|
|WILKINSON Jeff||AIH||P||1940–45||Aust, Canada, SW Pacific, UK|
|WILLIAMS Glen||AIH||W/AG||1943–55||Aust, Germany, UK|
|WILSON Archie||AIH||P||1939–73 SRAF||Europe, Iraq, Middle East, North Africa, Sth Rhodesia, UK, Zimbabwe|
|WILSON Jim||AIH||P||1941–75||Aust, Malaya, SW Pacific, USA|
- RAAF: Royal Australian Air Force (all were RAAF unless otherwise noted)
- RAF: Royal Air Force (British)
- RNZAF: Royal New Zealand Air Force
- SRAF: Southern Rhodesian Air Force
- AD: Air Defence
- AEO: Air Electronics Officer
- AG: Air Gunner
- ATC: Air Traffic Control
- BA: Bomb Aimer
- DO: Dental Officer
- GP: Glider Pilot
- GS: Ground Staff
- IO: Intelligence Officer
- N: Navigator
- P: Pilot
- POW: Prisoner of War
- R: Radio Officer (Ground)
- RES: Active Reserve
- S: Supply Officer
- W: Wireless (Radio) Operator (Air)
Firstly, I express appreciation to my wife, Eileen, a former World War 2 Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force member, for her understanding of the drive within me to give free public access to flying details and associated memories of some 'Soldiers of the Sky'. I am also grateful for the forebearance she has shown for the great number of hours I have stolen from our years of mutual retirement.
Within a military organisation, bonds of camaraderie are strong and long-lasting. Military fliers of whichever Service seem to have those bonds even more deep-seated within the psyche of each individual. I am most grateful that so many of our members have chosen to overcome an inborn reluctance to expose their private recollections and emotions to me and to posterity. I have travelled with them through the loyalty to country, apprehension, mutual respect, inter-reliance, humour and pathos of individual experiences and I am a better person for that journey. May all who visit this website mirror my emotions.
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