Australia’s Few and The Battle of Britain

It was a battle fought entirely in the air and the defeat of the Luftwaffe by “The Few” was a turning point in World War II.

But what do we know about the Australians who were also involved in this major battle? Continue reading

Airmen the Focus of New Stage Play

An avgeek from an early age, Comedian Michael Veitch has always been fascinated by the airmen of World War II.

Signing books at the Queensland Air Museum recently.

Signing books at the Queensland Air Museum recently.

Veitch is already the author of two best-selling books, Flak and Fly which tell the true stories from the men who flew.

Flak took Veitch a year to interview over 50 RAAF veterans across Australia with some never speaking of these stories to their own families.

Now some of these stories have become the centre piece of Veitch’s one man play of the same name.

“One of the first stories I included in the show, is a guy called Bruce Clifton who was a Lancaster pilot shot down by the Swedes cos he strayed into neutral Sweden and some anti aircraft shells hit the bomb bay of his Lancaster” says Veitch.

“It exploded and he was sort of blown out of it, totally unscathed. The aircraft disintegrated around him. He sort of came to, falling down through the wreckage of his aircraft, wondering where he was and thought ‘I should pull the parachute maybe’ and he did.

The rest of the crew were killed and he was the sole survivor, totally unscathed. Never told anyone about it, even his own family but he told me for some reason”.

Veitch recently bought his one man performance to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast but is planning a much bigger tour in 2015.

“Next year we hit the big time and it’s an extensive tour right through regional Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania”.

Find out more at Flak

The “first flight” of CanvasWings on the airwaves

Andrew Carter flying the TAVAS Fokker Dr.1 Triplane.

Andrew Carter flying the TAVAS Fokker Dr.1 Triplane.

CanvasWings has debuted on ABC Digital Radio. The program will be able to be heard every four weeks at 1805 AEST and on podcast,

This program features the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Commodore Phil Byrne talking about the Centenary of Military Aviation airshow at Point Cook, Andrew Carter from The Australian Vintage Aviation Society about his new flying Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and the first in a series looking at the wartime life of Colin Moreton, a P-40 Kittyhawk pilot.

If you missed it live you can find it here