At the outbreak of the Second World War the British government realised it did not have adequate resources to maintain the Royal Air Force in the impending air war in Europe. While British factories could rapidly increase their aircraft production, there was no guaranteed supply of trained aircrew.
This Heritage Talk is about the Empire Air Training Scheme and the experiences of some of the 37,576 Australian aircrew it trained. Individual accounts provide a first-hand experience of the triumphs and trials of typical airmen and airwomen who performed extraordinary feats in a time of great need.
Tony James Brady was the inaugural winner of the RAAF Heritage Fellowship in 2014 and wrote his debut book The Empire has an Answer in fulfilment of the award. The book, based on more than 45,000 newspaper articles from the period, draws on the lived experience of numerous men and women to paint a picture of life in the Empire Air Training Scheme during World War II. In 1980, aged sixteen, Tony joined the RAAF as a technical apprentice and served as an Airframe Fitter and then Photographer.
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Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Old Petrie Town, 901 - 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside 4503