Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC discusses his service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Australian Flying Corp (AFC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1915-1952, in an interview with Frank Marshall

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Accession Number S00381
Collection type Sound
Measurement 3 hr 58 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; BASF LP 35; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; stereo; 5 inch
Maker Jones, George
Marshall, Frank
Date made 3 December 1984
Access Open
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
Period 1940-1949
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
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Description

Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC discusses his service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Australian Flying Corp (AFC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1915-1952, in an interview with Frank Marshall.
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History / Summary

(1) Early life 1896-1914

Parents.
Early life at Bendigo.
Father goldminer/farmer.
Parents: What were they like/lifestyle, family etc.
School. McNamara (VC)
First and subsequent jobs - coming to Melbourne.
Compulsory military training_Seymour_this training buchbone of AIF.

(2) War experiences 1915-1918

Trenches, people, rations and other expierences.
Friend "Nugget" Balfour and subsequent transfer to No.1 Squadron (AFC).
Encounter with Major Williams.
Joining N.2 Squadron. Experiences.
Selection for pilot training officer and pilot training a/ccraft types. Experiences.
Instructors comments.21st birthday graduation comissioning and first duty.
No.4 Squadron and active operations. First kill and later patrols (out of fuel and shot at.)
Instructing in UK
Return to combat duty.
Promotion and Flight Commander subsequent major air battles. Award of DFC.
No.4 Squadron occupation duties after Armistace.
Number of combats. Number of enemy accounted for.
Return to Australia.

(3) return to Australia
Your feelings. Many changes. what job or career prospects. Public feelings towards returning servicemen.
Entry into the RAAFD, how come.

(4) Early days in the RAAF.
Types if aircraft.
Problems. Moral of the day. Experiences as test pilot.
Progress in the service, exams etc.
RAF staff college, london.
Sensations when catapulted from Cruiser deck (Fairoy IIId)
CFS instructions course, outcome, airfact flown.
Visits to aircraft factories, names and reasons for visits.

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