For Conspicuous Gallantry: The Story of Pilot Officer Frank Mathers CGM
As 6 September 1943 wore on, gloom and exhaustion settled on the men of No. 77 (Heavy Bomber) Squadron, RAF, as they realised one of the most decorated and popular crews in the squadron had not returned from the night’s raid on Mannheim. Flight Lieutenant J W Kenrick, OC B Flight, scrawled an ominous single word in the pilot’s logbook – “Missing”.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive