Smith’s Weekly, 1 December 1923, p. 26
‘Most Expensive Airman of the A.I.F.’ said popular tabloid Smith’s Weekly in 1923.
Mosman pilot Eric Dibbs reckoned he’d crashed 13 aircraft in his time with the flying corps. If the tale is a little tall in the retelling, who can begrudge a man who made it back from the Western Front?
He wasn’t an ace but took his chances over the trenches — and won.
Original plans for the seating and positioning of guests, dignitaries and members of the public for the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast ceremony at Bradley’s Head have been rediscovered and photographed in high resolution and are now available online.
Charles Ulm with his mother and father, 1914
One hundred years ago, today, a 15 year old Mosman boy signed up for the A.I.F. It was the start of an adventure that would make him a household name.
This year the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli commemorated the centenary of the landing there of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces at ANZAC Cove on the 25th April 1915.
Since it’s launch in 2012 Doing Our Bit: Mosman 1914-1918 has enabled the community to contribute stories, information and images of Mosman First World War servicemen and servicewomen.