Bomber Command in Adelaide, June 2014

This is the next post in what I hope will be an occasional series following the events at the various Bomber Command Commemoration Days that happened around Australia earlier this month. This time it is Adelaide’s turn.

The ceremony was held at the Air Force Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground, just north of the centre of the city. Some 70 people were present, including the Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith, the South Australian Minister for Veterans Affairs. The following photos by Arthur Jeeves were sent to me by Dave Helman, President of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (South Australia), who was one of the organisers.

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Cadet Guard at the Memorial

The Marion City Band at the Bomber Command Ceremony in Adelaide

The Marion City Band at the Bomber Command Ceremony in Adelaide. They donate their time to play at this ceremony each year.

The Padre, Squadron Leader Mark Butler

The Padre, Squadron Leader Mark Butler

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Squadron Leader Dave Helman

Ms Nikki King - daughter of Australian Dambuster pilot Squadron Leader Dave Shannon

Ms Nikki King – daughter of Australian Dambuster pilot Squadron Leader Dave Shannon

Bomber Command veterans and other VIPs amongst the crowd: Left to Right: Squadron Leader Lyne Skinner, Dudley Mitchell, Wing Commander (AAFC)  Peter Gill OC AAFC, Group Captain Ross Bender (92 Wing), Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith (State Minister for Veterans Affairs), Wing Commander Martin Ball (24 Sqn), Wing Commander Bob Macintosh AFC MID. 2nd row far left Squadron Leader David Leicester OAM DFC* (behind right shoulder of Martin Hamilton-Smith)

Bomber Command veterans and other VIPs amongst the crowd: Left to Right: Squadron Leader Lyne Skinner, Dudley Mitchell, Wing Commander (AAFC) Peter Gill OC AAFC, Group Captain Ross Bender (92 Wing), Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith (State Minister for Veterans Affairs), Wing Commander Martin Ball (24 Sqn), Wing Commander Bob Macintosh AFC MID. 2nd row far left Squadron Leader David Leicester OAM DFC* (behind right shoulder of Martin Hamilton-Smith)

Squadron Leader Dave Helman with Group Captain Robert Black AM RFD and Wing Commander Bob Macintosh AFC MID

Squadron Leader Dave Helman with Group Captain Robert Black AM RFD and Wing Commander Bob Macintosh AFC MID

Kevin Fisher and Bill Burnett

Kevin Fisher and Bill Burnett

Squadron Leader David Leicester OAM DFC*, of the Pathfinders

Squadron Leader David Leicester OAM DFC*, of the Pathfinders

Following the ceremony there was an opportunity for drinks and conversation at the Combined Mess at the Parade Ground.

So it looks as if the Adelaide ceremony also went well. I’m hoping to source some photos from the three other events that were held around the same time in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. I’ll post them when I get them.

All photos on this post courtesy Arthur Jeeves via Dave Helman

 

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1 Response to “Bomber Command in Adelaide, June 2014”


  1. 1 Don Browning June 26, 2014 at 22:12

    Dear Adam,

    Thank you for sending the report on the Adelaide Bomber Command Event. The pictures supporting this commemoration were great.

    With kind regards Don Browning

    _____


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