Stories of Interest


Tributes for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM

Eulogies for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM were delivered by:

  • Air Commodore Christopher (Noddy) Sawade
  • Peter Colliver, National Secretary, Air Force Association

Alice Ross-King Care Centre

Alice Ross-King (1887-1968) was an Australian civilian and military nurse who served in WW1 and WWII. Alice was born at Ballarat, Victoria.In 1949, she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest award made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Alice was one of two Australian nurses to receive the medal in 1949.
The Air Force Association (Western Australia Division) named its new, 102 bed, Residential Care Centre at Bull Creek ‘Alice Ross-King Care Centre’ in honour of this great Australian.


75 Years Aloft – Royal Australian Air Force Air Training Corps, Australian Air Force Cadets

In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book Matthew Glozier describes the remarkable 75 year history of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and pays tribute to the over 150,000 cadets and staff
whose lives the organisation has positively influenced.


ATA girl flies her beloved Spitfire again

We should be grateful for the often unsun heroism of Mary and the unsung ATA pilots who delivered 308,568 aircraft into service.One in 10 ATA pilots did not survive including 14 women.

This is the story of Mary and how she celebrated her 100th birthday ... flying.


James Mallett Bennett

James Mallett Bennett (1894-1922), airman and mechanic, was born on 14 January 1894 at St Kilda, Victoria, son of James Thomas Bennett, tick-maker, and his wife Henrietta Augusta, née McKendrick. After schooling he trained as a motor mechanic.

In 1912 he joined the militia and served for three years with the 49th Battalion.