9 min

Voices of our Veterans - Jim Russell McPherson Media

    • Society & Culture

Working as ground crew in the RAAF, Jim Russell was never too far from the fighting.
He recalled his team in 1945 doing a lot of work on heavy bombers in preparation for embarkation to Okinawa to join the bombing campaign against the Japanese mainland.
But two atomic bombs put an end to the war and today Jim prefers thinking about the lightyer moments, such as when he and some mates – “with a skin full” – nabbed a sheep from the saleyards near their base and cut it up for a good feed.

Working as ground crew in the RAAF, Jim Russell was never too far from the fighting.
He recalled his team in 1945 doing a lot of work on heavy bombers in preparation for embarkation to Okinawa to join the bombing campaign against the Japanese mainland.
But two atomic bombs put an end to the war and today Jim prefers thinking about the lightyer moments, such as when he and some mates – “with a skin full” – nabbed a sheep from the saleyards near their base and cut it up for a good feed.

9 min

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