VET­ERAN ‘MARCHES’ ON

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THIS year will be the first time Bill Ut­ting has not walked in an An­zac Day pa­rade.

The 93-year old Wem­b­ley man was a fly­ing of­fi­cer in World War II and his wife Irene was a RAAF sergeant based in Perth.

Th­ese days the pair spends their days at Mercy Care Vil­lage.

“This will be the first year that I haven’t marched, my legs aren’t what they used to be, but I’ll be there in a car and I’ll be nice and dry if it rains,” Mr Ut­ting said.

Mr Ut­ting left his job as a clerk at the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice and en­listed in the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force at the age of 20 in 1942.

He then joined about 100 other re­cruits in a 12-week ba­sic train­ing course be­fore do­ing his pi­lot train­ing.

“Even­tu­ally it was time for us to join the war,” Mr Ut­ting said.

“We trav­elled to Eng­land via the US. We went through the US on trains and had a brief spell in New York City, then they shipped us from there to Glas­gow, and even­tu­ally we ar­rived in Brighton.

“With much trep­i­da­tion we flew up­wards of 36 op­er­a­tions, all with the same crew... they were like my fam­ily in the end.”

Af­ter the war, Mr Ut­ting re­turned home to his fi­ancee Irene. The cou­ple had be­come en­gaged be­fore the war and mar­ried soon af­ter his re­turn.

He re-joined the ATO, and never took to the air again.

Mr Ut­ting was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross af­ter the war, which he wears with pride ev­ery An­zac Day.

World War II pi­lot Bill Ut­ting.

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