Lost leg at Tobruk fights in RAAF

Accession Number F02035
Collection type Film
Measurement 34 sec
Object type Newsreel
Physical description 35mm - safety/b&w/sound
Place made Australia: Victoria, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Date made 2 September 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Newsreel item on Flying Officer Roberts Christian Dunstan, DSO, the one-legged rear gunner of Mount Eliza, Victoria, stepping from the Spirit of Progress on his arrival at Spencer Street railway station on Saturday 02 September 1944 after two years overseas with 460 Squadron, RAAF he was aided by a walking stick which had 29 notches one for each of his operational flights over enemy territory. Flying Officer Dunstan, 21 years of age, joined the AIF when he was 17 and lost a leg after being wounded by a shell splinter at Tobruk where he was serving with the 6th Division Engineers. He was discharged from the Army in February 1942. After several rejections he managed to persuade the Air Board that the loss of a leg would not hinder his training for air crew. He returned to Australia to take up duties as an instructor.