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August 18, 2020

Rod Doust

Air Gunner, Royal Air Force (RAF)

“It was a mixture of patriotism and glamour that led me to enlist in the air force.”

 

In 1942, Rod Doust was living in Yass and working at the Rural Bank when he decided to enlist. He was 18-years-old. “I had a desire to be in aircraft,” said Rod. “It was a mixture of patriotism and glamour that led me to enlist in the air force.”

After initial training at RAAF Bradfield Park, Rod travelled to England for further instruction and was allocated to 62 Squadron in the Royal Air Force as an air gunner.

“I was the gunner in charge of messages, but I was available for gunnery action if necessary. Our guns were for defence only.”

Rod’s squadron was based in India, supplying British and Commonwealth troops and supplies to the South East Asian Theatre of World War II.

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