Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Nicholas Bosnar and Corporal (CPL) Mason Gow recently presented 99 year old veteran Mr Bob Jackson with a care package on behalf of No. 460 Squadron (SQN).
A 460SQN tail gunner during World War II, Bob’s house was damaged by fire in Brisbane on 29 April this year. While he was safely assisted from his house, his medals and associated memorabilia were damaged.
LAC Bosnar said 460SQN in Canberra had heard Bob’s home was badly damaged and wanted to do something to help him.
“We held a curry lunch to raise money which was used to put together a care package containing some of Bob’s favourite snacks and some Squadron memorabilia and merchandise.
“All 460SQN veterans are special but Bob is particularly special. Tail gunners in World War II had a high fatality rate so to have survived the war and be celebrating his 100th birthday in the next couple of weeks is a remarkable achievement.
Wing Commander (WGCDR) Cal Harrison, Commanding Officer 460SQN sent a message of support which was read out to Bob by LAC Bosnar thanking him for his service and wanting Bob to know the Squadron was thinking of him as he rebuilds from his loss.
“Any person who has served with 460SQN will always be part of the Squadron. Bob and his comrades forged an incredible legacy during the Second World War.
“His courage and dedication, both in service and after his return, remains an example to the excellent young men and women of the squadron today.
“Our people turn to the sacrifice of our forebears to give us focus and dedication as we support strike operations and exercises around the world,” he said.
As well as receiving a care package from 460SQN, Bob’s local community and the Australian Defence Force have also rallied to support him in this time of need. His house is currently being repaired with donated funds and he’s in a nursing home temporarily until it’s fixed.