Diary of Edward Lloyd Fleming, October 1945- March 1957

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.129
Collection number AWM2017.167.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 37 Image/s captured
Maker Fleming, Edward Lloyd
Place made At sea, Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1945-1957
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Diary relating to the Second World War service of 318689 Flying Officer Edward Lloyd Fleming, 550 Squadron.
This diary has entries written between 1 October 1945 and March 1957, and contains his account of his experiences of returning home to Australia after serving as a pilot in the Second World War. Some of these experiences include entraining from Brighton, embarking from Liverpool, sailing through the Gibraltar Strait, seeing solders exchange soap for alcohol with locals who met them in boats, bathing in salt water, attending the picture theatre and a sing-song on board the ship, sightseeing at Port Said, and living in very crowded conditions. Fleming also describes the landscapes that they pass on their journey, and occasionally accompanies his entries with illustrative sketches of humorous incidents. He records that their ship was met in Fremantle and Sydney harbours by large crowds of people, and that he finally entrained home to Melbourne and saw his family. Fleming’s diary concludes with an account of his time studying medicine under the Commonwealth Repatriation Training Scheme at Merbein and Mildura, Victoria, in 1947, and pictures of his parents from c. March 1957.