Opal by Living Gems centenarian and one of the original founding members of the Logan Village RSL, Lily Elizabeth May Milne-Ward, has seen more than most of us can imagine. Betty, as she likes to be called, is as sharp as a tack and remembers every detail of her time as an aircraft woman in the Royal Australian Airforce during World War Two.
“I joined the RAAF on my 18th birthday with other young women who wanted to be trained up to help,” said Betty. “We were rookies back then, but we were well and truly trained to march, I can tell you, and a few weeks later, the Americans arrived in Bankstown, so we were moved to Melbourne.”
Betty worked as a nurse in her first year in service, in No. 2 RAAF Hospital in Ascot Vale, Melbourne.
Between 1942 and 1943, Australia came under Japanese air raid attack. The injured were brought back to Melbourne for the nurses to mend.