rusting into oblivion, plans to sell Point Cook air base - our
proud military heritage being allowed to slip away. It is becoming a
national disgrace! Shame on the defence department, shame on the
federal government, shame on Wyndham Council, shame on all the
greedy dollar-worshippers and developers...
What next - a
holiday resort at ANZAC Cove?
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Christmas greetings from 4th Squadron AFC, AIF.
by Armourer Jack Whitelaw.
Card and photograph provided by Lee Power. The
was sent to his grandmother by her half-brother
AFC armourer) Jack Whitelaw. It
Dear Rose, This will just reach you about
time the war will be finished by then or
very near to it
cannot write much as we are very busy just
preparing some fun for Fritz so bye bye Ma
Your loving Jack.
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needed for this website.
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RESCUING A DOWNED OFFICER WINS VC for
Born at Waranga, Frank McNamara served in the Senior Cadets, then
Rifles. He became a second lieutenant in 1913. In 1915, he attended
the third training
course at Point Cook. He flew his first sortie in December 1916
with No. 1 Squadron,
AFC, AIF. In March 1917, over Tel el Hesi (now part of Israel) a
fellow airman was hit
by ground fire and had to land behind enemy lines. In a scene that
could have been out
of Indiana Jones, enemy cavalry was approaching the downed plane.
himself wounded, landed and picked up Capt. D. Rutherford, only to
overturn in a gully.
The pair went back to Rutherford's aircraft, restarted it, and
McNamara took off as the
enemy cavalry reached them. Weak from loss of blood, he guided the
plane back to
base. He was awarded the VC. In 1924, now a Squadron Leader, he was
CO of 1 FTS, Point Cook. His was the only VC awarded to the
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