Our Patrons

Our Patrons


1916 - 2002

AIR COMMODORE DERYCK KINGWELL CBE, DSO, 1st QAM Patron Deryck Kingwell was born on 15.6.1916 at Yeronga. He joined the RAAF as a cadet in 1936, graduating in 1937 with the Sword of Honour as most proficient pilot in his course.


1910 - 1986

AIR VICE-MARSHAL DONALD BENNETT CB, CBE, DSO, FRAeS Don Bennett was born in Toowoomba on 14.9.1910 and grew up on the family property on the Condamine River. In 1928 Don applied to join the RAAF and after qualifying as a pilot was seconded to the RAF.


1915 - 2000

Mrs. Ly Bennett was born in Switzerland in 1915. She married Don Bennett and spent most of her life in the UK. When Don passed away suddenly in 1986, she agreed to assume the position of patron in his place and fulfil his determination to assist with the museum.


September 2006 - August 2013

FLYING OFFICER ALLAN VIAL, DFC, OAM, Chev LH [Fra], OPR [Pol], COM [Pol] was born on 10 June1923 in Adelaide, South Australia. He enlisted in the RAAF Reserve in 1941 and six months later was accepted into the RAAF 30 course intake. In May 1943 he sailed for the UK via America.


August 2013 to Present Day

Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd, AO Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd was born on 24 Jan 1952 and attended Brisbane State High School. He commenced his RAAF service with the 1971 RAAF Academy intake and graduated in December 1974 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree.