Clarence Dietman's story
Clarence Dietman enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in April 1943, at 17 years of age.
At first, Clarence was drafted to the naval base HMAS Penguin in Sydney. Then he spent some time in Melbourne on leave after attending gunnery training at Crib Point.
In January 1944, Clarence joined HMS Sussex as a radar operator.
While serving onboard Sussex in February 1944, Clarence learned of the death of his older, John Dietman. John had been a Flight Sergeant and rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber as part of No 460 Squadron RAAF. His plane had crashed while returning from an air raid over Europe.
After this sad news, Clarence was drafted off the Sussex and returned to Australia. He was discharged from the Navy on 31 January 1947, having attained the rank of Petty Officer.