Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2018 Update

It has been over a year since I previously visited the long-term restoration of the last surviving World War Two era Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Consolidated B-24M Liberator bomber at the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration in Werribee, Victoria. This particular aircraft, RAAF serial number A72-176 was delivered from the United States in late 1944 (USAAF Serial… Read More Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2018 Update

Friends of the Avro Anson Air Museum – 2018 Restoration Update

As my aviation road trip continues, I dropped by the Friends of the Avro Anson Museum in Ballarat, Victoria in August 2018 with my nephew Nate to catch up with Alan J. Penhall to see the restoration progress on his “Faithful Annie“, a former RAAF Avro Anson Mk.I twin-engine training aircraft. I had not been… Read More Friends of the Avro Anson Air Museum – 2018 Restoration Update

Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II

The Fantastic Progress of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Regular readers will know that since 2012 I have been following the progress of the grass-roots, community based restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364, built in 1941) at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in the small… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Aussie WWII Battlers & Aviation Pioneers

The Australian aviation industry was in a fledgling state in the 1930’s. With the potential for war brewing in Europe, discussions between the Australian government and numerous companies such as BHP and General Motors Holden began in 1935 to establish a modern aviation company to produce military aircraft and engines. Within a few short years… Read More Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Aussie WWII Battlers & Aviation Pioneers

The Former RAAF Ballarat Airbase & Friends of the Anson Air Museum

Empire Air Training Scheme – RAAF Ballarat Flying began in 1914 at the site of what is today the Ballarat Airport in Victoria but military flying did not commence until World War Two. The RAAF airbase was established there in 1940 with No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School (WAGS) under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) using Avro Anson multi… Read More The Former RAAF Ballarat Airbase & Friends of the Anson Air Museum

Restoring an Avro Anson – 2016 Update

In October 2015 I shared the progress of a grass-roots community based Avro Anson restoration project being completed by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in Nhill, a small country town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia. This particular World War Two era, British designed Avro Anson Mk.I (serial number W2364) was a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) twin-engined… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson – 2016 Update

Restoring an Avro Anson – 2015 Update

In March 2013 I shared the progress of a grass-roots community based Avro Anson restoration project being completed by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre in Nhill, a small town in country Victoria, Australia (in the Wimmera region, not far from the towns where I grew up). This particular World War Two era, British designed Avro Anson Mk.I (serial number W2364) was… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson – 2015 Update

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: World War Two – 1939 to 1945

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a five-part series on the key stages of the RAAF: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two: 1939 to 1945, the Cold War begins and the Korean War: 1945 to 1953, South East Asian Conflicts –… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: World War Two – 1939 to 1945