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Rex Senior Memoirs

Posted by Alex Makin on October 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Flight Lieut. Rex Clifton Senior 407010

Rex kindly provided the writer with his memoirs concerning his time at No 2ANS Nhill in 1942. he was one of the early

airmen to embark for England and found himself flying Short Sunderland flying boats on patrol in the Bay of Biscay. To his chagrin

at the time, he was sent back to Australia to bolster the number of trained pilots involved in the training of others. He found himself

at the pleasant little town of Nhill as Flight Commander of “A” flight, providing staff pilots for the night navigation trainees. The

Commanding Officer at Nhill, Wing Commander Frank Headlam had been C.O. of the Timor base at Penfoie before the Japanese


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Letters Home from a WAAAF in WW2

Posted by jillor6 on September 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Letters Home from a WAAAF at Nhill RAAF Base.

While researching material for the book “In Just Five Years,” a number of distant friendships have been greatly enjoyed by the writer. One is of a former WAAAF at Nhill who has generously given me a number of letters she wrote home to her parents and were kept by her loving mother all those years. As she is in failing health in Western Australia and has no family to pass these to she has given them to me for preservation and to “do what I will” with them. I share these with the reader......... K.O`Reilly.

Letters Home from a WAAAF at Nhill RAAF Base.

Tarrant Aeroplane Engine. Made in Australia Successful Trial

Posted by Alex Makin on September 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Melbourne, August 1915: The first aeroplane engine built throughout in the Commonwealth underwent a successful trial on Saturday afternoon at the works of the Tarrant Motors Pty. Ltd., Lygon-street, Carlton. Six of these motors are required by the Defence department, and the Tarrant Proprietary, who secured an order for three, were the first to have one ready for testing. Among those present were Colonel Irving, Major Reynolds, Captain Eric Harrison, and a large number of guests. The engine is of the “stationery cylinder” Renault V-type, which may be heavier, power for power,


THE UPS AND DOWNS OF A BOMBER CREW 467 Squadron T.A. Gummersall D.F.C 428308 The PO-K Saga. September 1944 - April 1945

Posted by Alex Makin on September 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This most interesting record of a decorated WW2 Lancaster pilot has been collated by me from the handwritten notes of Tom Gummersall written in 1993, a copy of which has been given to me. I have managed to make contact with his widow who has kindly given permission to record them for people who are interested. It is not known if these notes have been previously published in any form as my strenuous efforts have failed to locate any party who may have a claim to copyright - any infringement is regretted. Readers are also directed to the notes of his Wireless Operator, Stuart Anders which follow - Kevin O`Reilly Sep 2012

Stuart John Anders - Wireless Operator 434338

Posted by Alex Makin on September 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

These notes are from the hand of F/O Stuart Anders, born at Murtoa Vic., wireless operator with the Lancaster crew of Tom Gummersall. They have been given to me by Jeanette Adams, his daughter. These were written for publication in the Victorian Railways internal staff journal “Boomerang,” at the behest of Mr. G.L. Rayment, who obviously kept the journal alive during the years of the second world war and sought to record the stories of Railways staff who were involved. ........ Kevin O`Reilly



Mr. Gordon`s Aerial Wonder of the World - Sydney 1894

Posted by Alex Makin on September 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

1894 Oct 26 - Sydney Morning Herald

The latest attempt to secure locomotion through the air has been made by Mr. Gordon, who has invented a flying machine. The appliance is located on a block of land in Castlereagh-street. The machine, which is constructed of canvas, with wooden ribs, something like a boat, is nearly egg- shaped, and contains a small steam engine.

Designed as an aerial boat, it has a sort of double bowsprit one at each end, and this from point to point measures 35ft. In addition it is fitted with four wings made of canvas, each with a spread of 64ft., and these are connected with propellers driven by the engine. The maker of the appliance, Mr. Gordon, says that the weight when completed will be about half a ton, and it will bear one man and attain a speed of 30 miles an hour. He has never tried the invention but has had much success with models, and as soon as possible he will try the power of his invention.