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  - 


Warrant Officer Francis Noel Miller Petch was born and educated in Ballarat, Victoria Australia. He trained as a Wireless Air Gunner at No. 1 W.A.G.S. Ballarat- Courses 34/35.

He was posted to England and served with the 550 and 150 Squadrons RAF in Bomber Command. Warrant Officer Petch completed 36 Operations in the iconic Lancaster aircraft with bombing raids over Germany.

This was a remarkable time of survival during operations encountering night fighters, flack, near misses of collision with other Lancasters and severe weather conditions.

Warrant Officer Petch was discharged on the 28th November 1945 and returned to Ballarat to resume his life in his home town.

We pay tribute to the gallantry of Warrant Officer Petch and his outstanding RAAF service during WW2.

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