A Photo of my late father's Halifax bomber crew taken on crewing up in Feb 1945, before flying on 3 operations before the war ended, with 466 Squadron RAAF at Driffield, Yorkshire England.
My father Bob, was in training since 1942, having transferred from the Australian Army (he was in Ordnance corps counting blankets in Sydney), it is interesting to note he only "got operational" after all this time, given he went though the E.A.T.S (Empire Air Training Scheme) in Canada 1943-44, although he mentioned on D-Day 6th June 1944, he was forced down due to lack of fuel while doing a cross country test in a Tiger Moth, as they were redoing the flying phase of the pilot's course he completed in Canada, as it was understood at the time that Bomber Command had now too many aircrew and not enough combat ready aircraft, so they had to do something with the the newly trained Sgt-Pilots!
Anyway thought I pass it on
ex NSWAIRTC 1982-87
Something like 25% of Oz casualties in WWII were in the ETO if I am not mistaken.
Lots of lads came over here and never returned .
If you look at the uniform, they all have a whistle attached to the left hand collar loop. This was so they could easily reach it should they end up in the water.