Arthur William Doubleday, as a Squadron Leader, interviewed by Laurence (Laurie) Field about his service in 460 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War

Accession Number S01276
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 23 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D90; mono
Maker Doubleday, Arthur William
Field, Laurence Melville (Laurie)
Date made 9 November 1988
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Speaks of his pre-war life; enlisted in RAAF in November 1940 aged twenty seven; training in Australia and Canada; December 1944 posted as acting commanding officer 27 OTU; attended Staff College in United States April-August 1945; returned to Australia to take over family farm; in 1947 joined Department of Civil Aviation; family after war; met wife in England; wife injured in V1 attack; commissioned in Halifax, Canada at end of training in August 1942; convoy to England; posted to 460 Squadron; training first on Wellingtons then Lancasters; most memorable operations; high opinion of Arthur Hubbard; leave breaks six days every six weeks; after first tour was posted to Litchfield as instructor at 27 OTU; second tour as flight commander with 467 Squadron RAAF; improvement in bombing and navigation aids; opinion of the Wellington bomber; morale of 467 Squadron; coping with the experiences of bombing operations; Bomber Command tactics; decorations and commissions; area bombing; United States Army Airforce; letters to families of missing airmen; commanding 61 Squadron RAF; injured by exploding photo flare; health problems in later life attributed to war service.

History / Summary

Speaks of his pre-war life; enlisted in RAAF in 1940 aged twenty seven; training in Australia and Canada;