ALBERT G. (Bert) FIELD
Bert was born in Winton in 1924, the family moving to Townsville in 1926. Following primary and secondary schooling, he began working in motor spare parts. At 17 he attempted to enlist in the Navy but was rejected on account of poor eyesight, but in May 1942 enlisted in the RAAF as aircrew. After postings to Maryborough and Parkes, he entered 3ITS at Kingaroy, then 5EFTS at Narromine and 8SFTS flying Ansons. He was spare pilot when engine failure resulted in a forced landing in a sugarcane field followed 5 days later by a formation flying collision. He survived but the other aircraft was lost at sea. Bert left for the UK in August 1943 with postings to 6(P)AFU on Ansons and Oxfords, 27OUT on Wellingtons, 1658 HCU on Halifax V, 192 Squadron 100 Group being commissioned in July 1944. He completed a tour of 25 operations carrying window or special German speaking operators. One of two daylight trips resulted in a belly landing on takeoff in a turnip field after losing 2 engines. A short posting to 462 Sqdn was followed by repatriation to Australia and discharge in January 1946. Bert studied accountancy with a practice in Hughenden 1951-68 when it was merged with KPMG. He was involved with many community charity functions particularly through the Samuel. and Eileen Gluyas Trust. After retiring to Caloundra in 1996 he joined QAM and was instrumental in the provision of some of the funding for Hangar 2. Bert passed away on 18th October 2005.