Honouring ANZAC Day memorials this week, we reflect on the company’s own history of service. Keith Woollam (b. 1924) served in the 467 Squadron RAAF bomber squad in WWII. Flight Sergeant K.C. Woollam served as Bomb Aimer on the Lancaster DV396.
“Lancaster DV396 took off from RAF Waddington at 1631 hours on 2 November 1944 to bomb Dusseldorf, Germany. Bomb load 14 x 1000lb bombs. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Fifteen aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and one of these DV396 failed to return.
It was later established that the aircraft came down in Allied held territory. Both FO Langridge (Pilot) and Flt Sgt Lemin (Rear Gunner) were killed and the other five crew members were reported safe in American lines. The two members killed are buried in the Hotton War Cemetery, Luxembourg, Belgium.”