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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-13 Boomerang; A46-122, VH-MHR of the Temora Aviation Museum as flown by Scott Taberner of the Temora Historic Flight Club, on Saturday 5 August 2017 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-16 Wirraway; A20-653, VH-BFF of the Temora Aviation Museum, on Saturday 5 August 2017 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

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Untitled, 2013 by Daniel Cox

Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire HFVIII; MV239, A58-758, VH-HET of the Temora Aviation Museum as flown by Douglas Hamilton of the Temora Historic Flight Club, on Saturday 20 April 2013 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

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Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire HFVIII; MV239, A58-758, VH-HET of the Temora Aviation Museum as flown by Douglas Hamilton of the Temora Historic Flight Club, on Saturday 6 April 2013 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-27 Mk. 32 Sabre; CA27-83, A94-983, VH-IPN of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Museum as operated by the Temora Aviation Museum and flown by Squadron Leader Paul Simmons of No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit of the RAAF, on Saturday 1 February 2014 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

The man holding the umbrella is Temora Historic Flight Club member, Air Commodore David Pietsch AM (RAAF Retired). While the man in front of the wing is Temora Aviation Museum Aircraft Engineer Marty Lancaster.

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Cessna O-1A Bird Dog; 21491, 51-4606, 53125, VH-LRE of Gordon Glynn as flown by Gordon Glynn of the Temora Historic Flight Club, on Saturday 17 August 2013 at Temora, New South Wales, Australia.

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Colin McDonald DFC, 2012 by Daniel Cox

Seen in front of the Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire LFVXVI; TB863, VH-XVI of the Temora Aviation Museum, during an Aircraft Showcase day on Saturday, 4 August 2012. Is former Second World War Royal New Zealand Air Force fighter pilot, Colin James McDonald DFC.

On Saturday, 4 August 2012 I had the pleasure of meeting then ninety-two year old, Mr McDonald DFC at the Temora Aviation Museum. Where as an honoured guest of the museum, he generously shared some of his wartime experiences with museum visitors, staff and volunteers alike.

Born at Christchurch on 12 September 1919, Mr McDonald served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) from 4 May 1941 till 27 March 1946. Where on 14 September 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is described in the Citation below.

Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (14 Sep 1945): [486 Sqn RNZAF (Tempest)] As a flight commander, this officer has completed a second tour of operational duty. Since September, 1944, he has destroyed three enemy aircraft in the air and has established a fine record against ground targets. He has destroyed 5 locomotives and damaged 31 and has also set fire to 44 transport vehicles and damaged a further 133. Flight Lieutenant McDonald has led his flight, and often the squadron, with great skill and determination.

During training Mr McDonald flew de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft in New Zealand, with No 1 Elementary Training School (EFTS). Then North American Harvard aircraft in Canada, with No 2 Service Flying Training School (SFTS). Followed by Miles Master and Hawker Hurricane aircraft in England, with 9 SFTS and No 55 Operational Training Unit (OTU).

Operational duties saw him fly Supermarine Spitfire aircraft from England with 122 Squadron (Sqn) Royal Air Force (RAF) and 485 Sqn RNZAF. Before flying Hurricanes and later Spitfires with 253 Sqn RAF in England, Gibraltar, Algeria, Tunisia and Italy.

This was then followed by a stint as an instructor with 71 OTU in Egypt, flying Hurricanes and Spitfires. Before returning to operations with 486 Sqn RNZAF, where he flew Hawker Tempest aircraft from England, Belgium, Germany and Denmark.

His Wartime flight hours include the following; de Havilland Tiger Moth: 47.35. North American Harvard: 278.45. Miles Master: 54.20. Hawker Hurricane: 394.35. Supermarine Spitfire: 163.00. Hawker Typhoon: 10.20. Hawker Tempest: 220.25. Miles Magister: 3.00.

Mr McDonald then served in the New Zealand Army from 25 June 1946, till 22 October 1947 in order to take part in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan.

Following his military service, Mr McDonald didn't fly as a pilot again until 1964 when he joined the Ndola Flying Club in Northern Rhodesia. Where he flew with them until 1973, first with a Private Pilot License and later with a Flight Instructors Rating. Colin now resides in Australia as an Australian Citizen.

During his visit he recounted his experience of having to bail out of EJ716, SA-A a Hawker Tempest V propeller driven fighter aircraft, where he landed on a cobblestoned Belgian street. Following a collision with his wingman Pilot Officer Brian John O'Connor, who was flying in JN869, SA-R (force landed safely) another Tempest V aircraft near Liège, Belgium. While they were trying to catch a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me 262 jet powered fighter aircraft.

Coming down hard on a street lined with buildings on either side following his parachute becoming entangled in power lines. In fact he hit the ground so hard his revolver broke from his holster and lanyard causing, sparks to fly as it bounced down the street. Fortunately for him there were some fine young Belgian women, who immediately came to his aid with a bottle of wine to share.

Although not expecting to be received as he was, Mr McDonald was incredibly gracious over his welcome. Rather charming and was happy to share a number of humorous episodes that he experienced during his war, while he also spoke fondly about one of his close friends Warren Schrader DFC** who for a time as a fighter ace successfully led 486 Squadron RNZAF.

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Governor-General, 2012 by Daniel Cox

Aircraft Showcase at the Temora Aviation Museum, Temora, New South Wales, Saturday, 15 September, 2012.

Coincident with the Aircraft Showcase event was the arrival of Australia’s Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO and husband Mr Michael Bryce AM AE KStJ who were visiting Temora in New South Wales, Australia over two days on the 15th and 16th of September 2012. The Museum visit was the Governor-General’s 1,000th domestic engagement since taking Office.

Pictured here Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia enjoys a conversation with Senator the Honourable Mr Bill Heffernan.

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Untitled, 2014 by Daniel Cox

Gloster Meteor F8; VZ467, VH-MBX of the Temora Aviation Museum as flown by Alan Clements of the Temora Historic Flight Club, on Sunday 2 March 2014 at Royal Australian Air Force Base, Williams, Point Cook, Victoria.

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Aircraft Engineer David Finch of the Temora Aviation Museum. As seen preparing the museum's Spitfire HFVIII for a flying display. During the Royal Australian Air Force, Centenary Of Military Aviation Air Show.

Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire HFVIII; MV239, A58-758, VH-HET of the Temora Aviation Museum, on Saturday 1 March 2014 at Royal Australian Air Force Base, Williams, Point Cook, Victoria.

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