Ross Pearson - 'You've got to be unlucky'

Running time
44 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I was in the crew room and we had done 25 trips at this stage and we were getting into our gear. And there was a little wireless operator standing by me and he was shaking like a leaf. He said, "I've only done four. I'm frightened." I said, "Look, mate. You've got to be unlucky. The dice has got to be unloaded against you. There's nothing to worry about, really. It's not too bad and the chances are you'll be right." And he calmed down and put his parachute on. Never saw him again. He bought it, and I felt terrible for it. If I'd have said, "Don't go," he might still be alive.

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