18. Four Mission Pilots, 1963

Aitape was the headquarters of the Franciscan Mission and the seat of a bishop, then Ignatius Doggett, who apart from administering his diocese, managed to combine a smoking habit with playing a mean game of tennis. Here you see four mission pilots who flew in supplies to the bush stations, carried passengers, rescued the seriously ill, etc. From the left are:- Father Urban Reid, a Battle of Britain veteran, Eamon Gaffney, Col Campbell, and Mark Dignam. Mark grew up just round the corner from me in Maroubra, a Sydney suburb. I took his elder sister to my first ball when I was 14. Small world!

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