Featured Story

Featured Story

The FEATURED STORY pays tribute to a person, and or event, connected to 1 W.A.G.S Ballarat.

The story commemorates the valiant RAAF 1 W.A.G.S trainees who served in WW2 in all theatres of war – those who lost their lives and those who returned.


The FEATURED STORY honours  - 


Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Dowling trained as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner at No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School Ballarat Course 6.

In July 1942 he was posted to No. 10 Squadron RAAF attached to the RAF station at Penbroke Dock UK. He flew 72 sorties in Sunderland Flying Boats. The squadron had the task of protecting 

allied shipping around the coast of the UK from German U-boat attack. Ken was a member of the crew that successfully sunk U465 in the Bay of Biscay in May 1943 at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic.

A remarkable aircraft, the Sunderland was the largest allied aircraft flown during WW2 and was referred to by Luftwaffe pilots as 'The Flying Porcupine".




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