He survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific and spent two years in a Japanese prison camp but the life of former Olympian Louis Zamperini is currently being played out on cinema screens across Australia. Continue reading
He might be 96 but Cecil “Boz” Parsons still enjoys flying.
Born in Colac (Victoria), Boz joined the Air Force in August 1940 and up until very recently was still flying solo (he now needs to have his son in his aircraft when he goes up).
Training on Tiger Moths in Narromine before travelling to Canada where he flew Ansons in the middle of winter, 1941, Boz then found himself in England after the last heavy bombing raid on London. Continue reading
Catalina Flying Boats used to be a common sight anchored off Rathmines on the western side of Lake Macquarie.
By 1941, it was the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere, which probably explains why it’s still considered the home of the Catalina. Continue reading