(3403) Flight Lieutenant William Allan Whetters, Flying Officer, 75 Squadron RAAF, interviewed by Edward Stokes for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

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Accession Number S00592
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 30 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D60; two track mono
Maker Whetters, William Allan
Stokes, Edward
Date made 9 June 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45
Description

Discusses motives for enlistment in Air Force; training at Point Cook; move to train at Richmond; posting as instructor to train Empire Air Training Scheme recruits; transfer to Bankstown for conversion training for Kittyhawk plane; capabilities of the Kittyhawk; posting to 75 Squadron; morale of squadron after arrival in Port Moresby; impressions of John Jackson and impact of his death on the squadron; combat stress; daily routines; return to Australia and rejoining squadron in Kingaroy; conditions at the Milne Bay Camp; ineffectiveness of bombing mission on Japanese invasion fleet; ditching of plane and rescue by Sideia Island missionaries; medical evacuation to Australia; posting to 86 Squadron; impact of war on civilian life.

History / Summary

Discussing motives for enlistment in Air Force; training at Point Cook; move to train at Richmond; posting as instructor to train Empire Air Training Scheme recruits; transfer to Bankstown for conversion training for Kittyhawk plane; capabilities of the Kittyhawk; posting to 75 Squadron; morale of squadron after arrival in Port Moresby; impressions of John Jackson and impact of his death on the squadron; combat stress; daily routines; return to Australia and rejoining squadron in Kingaroy; conditions at the Milne Bay Camp; ineffectiveness of bombing mission on Japanese invasion fleet; ditching of plane and rescue by Sideia Island missionaries; medical evacuation to Australia; posting to 86 Squadron; impact of war on civilian life.

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