Still marching: WWII veteran Arthur Flower, 93, will be attending the Caringbah dawn service this Anzac Day.
World War II veteran Arthur Flower, 93, plans to march at this year’s Anzac Day dawn service at Caringbah to honour those diggers who didn’t come home and to remember those mates who did but are no longer here.
Mr Flower was born in Hurstville and joined the RAAF Air Ambulance Unit as an engineer in 1941 at the age of 19.
He saw service in Borneo, helping to bring the wounded diggers out of the jungles and fly them to hospital.
During his service he had a few close calls including a forced landing at Coffs Harbour where he had to leap out of the plane and hold onto the wing as it was landing on the runway.
Mr Flower flew 11 different types of planes during the war but he particularly remembers the Dragon, which he describes as a “dangerous” aircraft.
He married Doreen who was a radio operator in the Women’s Army Corp.
After the war they settled in Caringbah and had a son, Graeme.
Doreen passed away several years ago.
Now a great grandfather, Mr Flower still mows his own lawn and does his gardens.
He also attends the Anzac Day dawn service every year.
“I do it in honour of those who really did more than I did but didn’t come home, while I did,” Mr Flower said.
“They did more than I did, though I helped them out of the jungle.
“Some were very sick.”
Over the years, Mr Flower kept in contact with some of the injured diggers he flew out of the to safety including mates Neville Steptoe and John Magin.
His mates have passed on now but he will be marching this week in their memory and of those who did not return.
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