Wes Colquhoun and Fred Phair talking to the girls at the ball in the Soldier's Memorial Hall, Drouin, Victoria

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    Fitzpatrick, Jim, 1916-

    "U429/60. Pride of the stag line at Drouin's weekly dance were bachelors - gay Warrant Officer Wes Colquhoun (23), R.A.A.F., and Corporal Fred Phair (25), A.I.F. Wes, son of Drouin's butcher, was sole surviving member of a Lancaster Crew... Fred, son of Drouin's fruiterer, served in New Guinea..." --Printed on label.; Title devised by cataloguer from caption on label.; Condition: Good.; Inscriptions: " U429/60" --In pencil on reverse.; Part of the collection: Drouin town and rural life during World War II.; Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an24340443.

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    1. capo.mario 43 months ago | reply

      old school wheelin

    2. beachcomberaustralia 43 months ago | reply

      Wes was gay ??! DADT

    3. BobMeade 42 months ago | reply

      6 January 1944:
      WO Wes. Colquhoun, of Drouin, was met by his mother. He spent 3 yearsFix this text
      in attacks over Germany and Italy, and was the only survivor of a Lancaster which crashed while returning , to England from a raid on Italy.
      nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11807405 (with photograph)

      8 January 1944:
      WO Wes Colquhoun returns on leave after 2 1/2 years service abroad. With silk stockings for his girlfriend. nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26010606 (with photograph)

      26 January 1954:
      Wes Colquhoun elected a Vice-President of the Drouin R.S.L. Sub-Branch. nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26587126

    4. beachcomberaustralia 42 months ago | reply

      Brilliant find! So glad that Wes survived the war, and surprised to hear he had a girlfriend to give the two-year-old silk stockings to!

    5. Shadrach Christopoulos [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

      This was a great capture. Love these photos of everyday life.

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