Editor’s Note: One of our readers sent us a brief article about World War II RAAF Bomber Command personnel having to foot the bill for travel insurance if they wished to travel to Britain for the official opening of a Memorial to Bomber Command earlier this year.
Fortunately an insurer for Defence Health came to the party and covered them gratis.
We know of others who had no support at all and paid their own way to the event.
Many RAAF personnel who trained at Evans Head No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School and No.1 Air Observers School were posted to RAF Bomber Command Squadrons. Bomber Command had very high mortality rates which explains part of the large loss of those who trained at Evans Head. More than 1,000 lost their lives in service to country and empire.