Eighty years after HMAS Canberra (I) sank in the Battle of Savo Island, more than 500 members of HMAS Canberra (III) gathered on the flight deck to remember the 84 crew members who lost their lives.
Australia is lending a helping hand in getting the air arm of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) back on its feet after many years out of the skies.
Residents, local government officials and aviators from RAAF Base Tindal recently stopped to remember a dark day in Australia’s history: the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Katherine on March 22.
One of the last surviving veterans from the first Darwin bombing, Brian Winspear, saw bombs fall like “confetti” around him during the largest ever attack on Australian soil.
One of the first ashore at Anzac Cove on the day of the fateful landing was a young Australian artillery subaltern commencing his first wartime mission, with a breathtakingly onerous task to coordinate the deadly naval gunfire to support his fellow Anzacs in their desperate bid to establish a toehold on Gallipoli.
He’s 100 years of age and has flown all around the world, but Air Force veteran Alan Hastie said the best flight of his life was on a British Bristol Beaufort at the end of World War II.
No. 32 Squadron celebrated the 32nd birthday of its re-formation on July 1 by honouring its last remaining World War II veteran.
On June 16, members of No. 292 Squadron joined the Port Pirie community to acknowledge the 80th anniversary of the formation of RAAF Station Port Pirie and the loss of 22 aircrew under training at Port Pirie during World War II.
The iconic Lancaster ‘G for George’, code AR-G, serial number W4783, operated by No. 460 Squadron during World War II, was recently disassembled by a team from the Air Force History and Heritage Branch and the Australia War Memorial Collections Services, during a four-week period.
One of Australia’s toughest military involvements, the Battle of Sunda Strait was commemorated at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on March 1.