The Death of a Hero
Since Peter Dunn put my Photograph Collection on his "Townsville at War" website, hardly a week goes by that I don't get an inquirey from a 2nd or 3rd generation seeking info on a member of my old outfit.Often he didn't survive the war and they have conflicting versions of his loss.It was not uncommon for a Comm. Officer to write the next of kin that he was lost on a "mission".Could be a combat mission, training mission, test hop after a routine inspection, etc.The party is often dissapointed and upset when he finds he did not die a heros death due to enemy action
The real heros in the war were those that didn't come back.Regarless of how they died, it was in the line of duty and they were serving their country.A good friend of mine was on his way to the ship to take him home after a
2-1/2 year hitch in the S.W.P.A., when it went over a cliff and he was killed.He died no less a hero than the Pilot or Gunner who was shot down in flames over an enemy target.