• Understanding Australian Identity discs part 4: Second World War, Royal Australian Air Force

    Monday 17 October 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Some RAAF members wearing their metal identity discs.

    Unlike for the Navy and Second AIF, I havenot been able to locate copies of orders regarding the issuing, marking and wearing of identity discs for members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War. The information below wascompiled from the inspection of identity discs in the Memorial’s collection and information on comparable items found in publications and online.…

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  • Rescuing the De Gaulles

    Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    A Supermarine Walrus (also known as the Seagull V) amphibious biplane being taxied by John Napier Bell in 1939.

    In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England. It contained a crew of three, an Australian pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Napier Bell; an Australian observer (acting as an air gunner for this flight), Sergeant Charles William Harris and a British wireless electrical mechanic, Corporal Bernard Nowell. In addition to this was a special passenger, …

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  • Film Collection Online: RAAF PR - The Canberra bomber in peace and war

    Tuesday 1 October 2013 by Jeffrey Wray. 1 comments

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of show reels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! This show reel highlights the RAAF Public Relations 16mm cine films in the Memorial's Film Collection. The RAAF PR collection is the last in the trio of the Directorate of Public Affairs series with over two hundred RAAF PR titles …

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  • "The Last Halifax"

    Friday 21 June 2013 by Jacob Lessmann. 6 comments

    One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members.

    One of the 462 Squadron Halifax crew members. P01523.012 My name is Jacob Lessmann. I am 15 years old and had the opportunity to work in Military Heraldry Technology section for a week. On the night of 16/17 April 1945, Halifax MZ467 of 462 Squadron, RAAF, embarked from the RAF base at Foulsham, UK at 2358 hours [11:58pm] to carry out a flight over Augsburg, Germany. Ten …

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  • A fateful flight : conspicious gallantry off Algeria

    Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments

    Lockheed Hudson U-boat attack RAAF recruitment poster

    A wartime recruitment post for the RAAF featuring a Lockheed Hudson attacking a surfaced U-boat. AWM collection ARTV03905 Lockheed Hudson U-boat attack RAAF recruitment poster. Source : Australian War Memorial collection ARTV03905. On the night of 23 April 1943, a lone Royal Air Force (RAF) Lockheed Hudsonmulti-role aircraft was patroling off theAlgerian coast. The crew of six had asingle mission, to seek and destroy any German or …

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