Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories Conspicious Gallantry Medal, Navigator, Lockheed Hudson, Royal Australian Air Force, No.500 Squadron RAF, Coastal Command, Maritime patrol operations, U-boat, Gibraltar, Algeria
‘It is unlikely that ‘Australia Day’ will ever be wholly forgotten by any who were privileged to take part in that magnificent outburst of giving. […] It seemed as if the whole community had abandoned itself to giving and spending all it had for the sake of the men on service.’
Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, Volume XI: Australia during the War, pp. 729-730.
January 16, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Commons on Flickr. The pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives, and museums around the world.
A lot of work has been carried out on the Hudson since the last blog update. A large number of structural components have been manufactured and fitted into the lower airframe, culminating in the trail fitment last week of the 'Tunnel Gun' position. Work will soon move forward and concentrate on the Navigators step and forward cabin detail, folowed by construction of the Radio Operators room directly behind the pilot.
“Say it with flowers” is a well known advertising slogan but these days the language of flowers is not as well known as it was almost 100 years ago. During the First World War Australians serving overseas, many away from their families for years, sent floral tributes to their loved ones in the form of embroidered postcards, handkerchiefs, cushion covers and other souvenir items.