Jacket and cap do­nated

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The Be­nalla his­toric so­ci­ety has been given some unique dona­tions from the son of an Aus­tralian World War I and World War II vet­eran.

At its Novem­ber gen­eral meet­ing Ge­off Bo­s­tock pre­sented the so­ci­ety with an air force jacket and peaked cap that be­longed to his fa­ther, Air Vice Mar­shall Wil­liam Dowl­ing Bo­s­tock CB, DSO, OBE.

Air Vice Mar­shall Bo­s­tock (1892-1968) fought in World War I, first at Gal­lipoli and later as a pi­lot with the RAAF.

Dur­ing World War II, he rose in the ranks of the RAAF and was held in high es­teem by Gen­eral Dou­glas MacArthur, at­tend­ing as the RAAF rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the sign­ing of the Ja­panese sur­ren­der to fin­ish the war.

Af­ter dis­charge in 1946, Bo­s­tock pur­chased a prop­erty at Molyul­lah and was the MP for Indi from 1949 to 1958.

At the Be­nalla His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety meet­ing Mr Bo­s­tock said his fa­ther rarely men­tioned his war ser­vice.

How­ever, one anec­dote that he re­mem­bered was that dur­ing the First World War the air force pi­lots used to carry bricks on fly­ing mis­sions.

They had no bombs, so they would drop bricks on en­emy po­si­tions, prob­a­bly more in hope than an­tic­i­pa­tion.

His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Pat Mitchell re­ceived Air Vice Mar­shall Bo­s­tock’s jacket and cap.

‘‘These will go on dis­play in the War Ser­vices Room at the Be­nalla Cos­tume and Kelly Mu­seum as soon as an ap­pro­pri­ate case has been con­structed,’’ Ms Mitchell said.

A large num­ber of ex­tra items from the Bo­s­tock fam­ily col­lec­tion will also be ex­hib­ited.

These will in­clude copies of his medals and a large num­ber of doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs.

The lat­ter are be­ing col­lated and copied by mem­bers of the so­ci­ety.

Im­pres­sive dis­play: The Cos­tume and Kelly Mu­seum.

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