Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Stories of Interest


ANZAC Day: WW2 Veteran Jack Bell Speaks With 3AW

WW2 and RAAF veteran Jack Bell shared his experiences as a PoW and his message of compassion, respect and honour with 3Aw's Neil Mitchell.

The B24 Liberator Memorial Gains Museum Accreditation

The B24 Liberator Memorial Australia joins the 75 Victorian collections accredited by Australian Museums and Galleries in Victoria.


A song for veterans launched at the Shrine

Melbourne singer/songwriter Mike Brady (Up There Cazaly) launched his new song “This Place” in October at the Shrine of Remembrance. 


AFA Victoria - Supporting Veterans in Need

Staying true to one of its key ideals, the Air Force Association Victoria quietly goes about its business of supporting veterans.


WWII Memories of 2 Squadron

This wonderful piece on the memories of Mr Alex Greig (125672) of his time with 2SQN in WWII, was written by his wife, Mrs Deidre Greig.


Vale Keith Watts: A Son Remembers His Dad

Keith Watts, WWII Veteran and Life Member of the Air Force Association, passed away in September at 103 years of age. His son David remembers him...


Historic Painting Presented to the Association

A stunning Norman Clifford painting of RAAF Base Point Cook as it was in 1914 has been presented to the Air Force Association – Victoria by AIRCDRE E J (Ted) Bushell AM (retd).


The Australian Flying Corps Memorial, RAAF Base Point Cook

The Australian Flying Corps Memorial was funded by the Australian Flying Corps Association and created to honour the airmen who fought so valiantly for the noble purpose of preserving freedom.



Stories of the Armistice: The Cost of War

The graves and memorials of brave Australian troops – many unknown and unidentified - lay scattered across northern France and Belgium reminding us of the price paid by a small distant brave nation for its involvement in the Great War.


Stories of the Armistice: The Signing of The WW1 Armistice

Close to midnight on the 7th of November 1918, a German delegation crossed the front line with white flags flying, where a train was waiting to take them to a secret rendezvous in the great forest of Compiègne in France.


Stories of the Armistice: The Birth of the Australian Flying Corps

Following the decision that the armed forces of the British Empire should exploit the air as a means of warfare, the Australian Flying Corps was established on 20 September 1912.


Saving Boxer 22 - The Largest Rescue Mission of the Vietnam War

In December 1969 the effort to recover two downed US Air Force airmen snowballed into their largest search and rescue mission of the Vietnam War.


Eleanor & Margaret - Two Women, Two Continents and a Wedding Dress

What could two ladies from opposite ends of the world - one dominant in American society, the other a humble English woman – have in common? The answer? Generosity. 


Rise of the Phoenix - An Australian B24 Liberator Restoration

This is the story of the restoration of Australia's only surviving B-24 Liberator and a group of dedicated people who banded together in a common cause: to find and restore it.


Air Force Band Compares Musical Notes with Ballarat Branch

The Air Force Band Wind Quintet entertained Air Force Association's Ballarat Branch members in a special lunchtime performance at Wendouree earlier this month.


‘Gallantry Spent’ painting wins Award

An oil painting depicting Australian Light Horsemen riding in the desert has been awarded the 2017 AFA (Victoria) Story Writing and Art Competition prize.


Bursary Recipient Joins Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Air Force Association Vietnam Veterans Bursary recipient joins Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Young Australian flautist, Bronte Hudnott has joined Edinburgh-based Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Sub Principal Flute after graduating with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2010, Bronte Hudnott was awarded an Air Force Association Vietnam Veterans bursary to assist with her undergraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts.


180 People Attend the 2017 Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial

On a beautiful Spring Sunday, the 19th November 2017, around 180 people made the Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial RAAF Williams Point Cook to witness the unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque and remember those who served and those who serve.


Tetbury – Remembering the AFC a century on

Remembrance Day 2017 marks the centenary year of the 1st (Training) Wing’s arrival in Tetbury, and on this day Group Captain Carl Schiller OAM CSM (Retd), presented on behalf of the Air Force Association a bronze plaque commemorating the airmen who died during the Wing’s operation from nearby Leighterton and Minchinhampton airfields.


Care Parcel 2017

On 9 November a team of Air Force Association Victoria volunteers gathered at the Association’s Hawthorn office to assemble and dispatch 705 care parcels for deployed Air Force personnel in the Middle East and elsewhere.

This year the AFA team was joined by volunteers from 21 Squadron, led by their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Nigel Leurs. As past recipients of the AFA’s Care Parcel Program, the 21 Squadron members know how important it is to receive a little something from home at Christmas.


Tributes for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM

Eulogies for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM were delivered by:

  • Air Commodore Christopher (Noddy) Sawade
  • Peter Colliver, National Secretary, Air Force Association

Alice Ross-King Care Centre

Alice Ross-King (1887-1968) was an Australian civilian and military nurse who served in WW1 and WWII. Alice was born at Ballarat, Victoria.In 1949, she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest award made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Alice was one of two Australian nurses to receive the medal in 1949.
The Air Force Association (Western Australia Division) named its new, 102 bed, Residential Care Centre at Bull Creek ‘Alice Ross-King Care Centre’ in honour of this great Australian.


75 Years Aloft – Royal Australian Air Force Air Training Corps, Australian Air Force Cadets

In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book Matthew Glozier describes the remarkable 75 year history of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and pays tribute to the over 150,000 cadets and staff
whose lives the organisation has positively influenced.


ATA girl flies her beloved Spitfire again

We should be grateful for the often unsun heroism of Mary and the unsung ATA pilots who delivered 308,568 aircraft into service.One in 10 ATA pilots did not survive including 14 women.

This is the story of Mary and how she celebrated her 100th birthday ... flying.


James Mallett Bennett

James Mallett Bennett (1894-1922), airman and mechanic, was born on 14 January 1894 at St Kilda, Victoria, son of James Thomas Bennett, tick-maker, and his wife Henrietta Augusta, née McKendrick. After schooling he trained as a motor mechanic.

In 1912 he joined the militia and served for three years with the 49th Battalion.