David Mattingley - Crewing up

Running time
1 min 2 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


It was very haphazard procedure. We're all gathered together in a hangar, different aircraft musterings, and you sort of looked around and you'd been summing people up beforehand a bit, and I selected a navigator and a radio operator, a wireless operator as they were called then, and bomb aimer.

They were all Australians, and the navigator was actually a friend of my brothers, who was also a navigator. And bomb aimer knew two new Australian young people from Newcastle, so they became the two gunners. That was it.

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