The November General Meeting fell on 11th November, Remembrance Day. President Phil Dodd conducted a moving service in honour of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
From Binyon’s, “The Fallen”
Following the playing of the Last Post, a minutes silence and the playing of the Rouse, Phil recounted a personal experience.
One young Australian, a schoolboy during the 1940s, like many of his generation, volunteered for military service on leaving school. He oined the Royal Australian Air Force and, after travelling to the UK, continued his training with RAF Bomber Command. He eventually joined 15 Squandon as a wireless operator / air gunner, flying Lancaster bombers out of RAF Mildenhall.
Between 31st October 1944 and 17th March 1945, he flew in 34 RAF operations over Germany.
Against horrifying statistics, he and all his crew-members survived. 55,573 of his comrades in Bomber Command died.
That young man was Phil's father, Grahame Powis Dodd.