Miniature boomerang : Corporal B F Fletcher, Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Place Oceania: New Guinea1
Accession Number REL36526
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Aluminium, Paint
Maker Fletcher, Bruce Finlay
Date made c 1943 - 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Miniature aluminium boomerang. The words 'GOOD LUCK' are painted on the arms, and 'FROM BRUCE' is painted in the centre.

History / Summary

Miniature boomerang made by Corporal Bruce Fletcher, Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Bruce Finlay Fletcher was born at Armidale, New South Wales in 1919. He was serving in the militia with 30 Battalion and working as a storeman and packer in Sydney when he enlisted in the AIF on 4 June 1940. After initial training with the Australian Army Ordnance Corps he was assigned to 1 Anti-Aircraft Regiment with the service number NX20308. He embarked with his unit for the Middle East at Sydney on 28 June 1941, serving there until February 1942. Fletcher arrived back in Australia in March 1942, and was sent to New Guinea the following month, posted to 2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Battery Workshop Section. In October 1942 he was transferred to the New Guinea Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Workshop Section.

Fletcher was granted leave in Australia from November 1942 to January 1943. This coincided with the formation of the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a separate Corps in December 1942, of which Fletcher was now a member. Upon his return from leave in January 1943 he was detached for duty with 1 Australian Anti-Aircraft Regiment Workshop Section, serving in New South Wales. He was then sent to Queensland in March 1943, and from there to New Guinea, arriving at Milne Bay in August 1943 to rejoin his unit.

On 10 February 1944 Fletcher was promoted to corporal. The following month he embarked at Finschhafen for Brisbane, where he was admitted to the 113 Australian General Hospital with malaria. Difficulties with his health throughout the rest of the year saw Fletcher discharged medically unfit for service in February 1945.