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August 18, 2020

Victor Nagle

Gunner – Royal Air Force (RAF)

“I was the most excited bloke in the world. I was going to finish the war off. I was hoping it didn’t end before I got there.”


Victor Nagle enlisted in March 1941. He was 23-years-old and out of work, and the promise of five shillings a day plus keep was too good to pass up.

“I did my basic training at Somers in Victoria,” said Victor. “Then they told me I was going to be a Gunner and sent me to Parkes to learn how to use a gun. Next I was off on a boat to England to join the Royal Air Force. I felt wonderful. I couldn’t get there quick enough.”

Victor trained at RAF Driffield and joined No. 141 Squadron based at RAF West Raynham in Norfolk. After five months he was ready for his first mission, a night raid over Berlin. “I was the most excited bloke in the world. I was going to finish the war off. I was hoping it didn’t end before I got there,” said Victor.

“Halfway through the mission I was wishing it would hurry up and end. It was bang, bang, bang. Bombs were going off everywhere. I thought let’s get out of this place quick.”

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