Jacket and cap donated
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.