Don Looker's story

Don Looker enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in June 1942 at the age of 19.

After training in Australia, Don was posted to the United Kingdom, where he served as a wireless operator with No 115 Squadron RAF at RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire.

Don flew 38 operations with the squadron, of which his strongest memory was simply surviving.

Of his fellow Bomber Command members, Don remembers their dedication and courage. He also recalled just how vital a role was played by the members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in helping Bomber Command to do its job.

Discharged from the RAAF in October 1945 with the rank of Flying Officer, Don trained as an electrical fitter and served in various positions in the trade, including senior supervisory and training roles, until he retired in 1980.

In 1958, Don was granted a commission in the Australian Army as a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Engineers as part of the Citizen Military Force (CMF). He reached the rank of Major, was awarded the Efficiency Decoration and on retirement in 1971 was granted the military title of 'Major'.

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