Lloyd Birdsall remembers watching Japanese bombers flying overhead in New Guinea, and listening to the sounds of the planes as bombs fell from the sky.
“They dropped bombs right through our camp on what they call 14-Mile Airstrip,” he said.
“About 20 planes came in, and they followed the airstrip loaded with bombs.
“We were in holes in the ground of course, and the ground shook and trembled and what not. They punctured holes in our water tanks, and put holes in our trucks and tents and things, but there was not a single casualty. It just shows how inaccurate bombing can be.
“We don’t know whether they were going for the airport, or whether they were going for us, but when the ground trembles, and the dirt starts falling, you say, ‘Is the next bomb going to be mine?’ And that’s a bit scary.”