The Governor General’s husband, Michael Bryce, has been named patron of the RAAF’s No 75 Squadron Association.
Formed in 1942, the squadron played a key role in defending Australia’s northern approaches from Japanese air attack during World War 2. Currently base at RAAF Tindal near Katherine, the squadron deployed to Iraq in 2003.
“I am, like many Australians, eternally grateful for the brave resistance that 75 Squadron Kittyhawks put up against the Japanese, and equally proud of the role that 75 Squadron plays at Tindal, safeguarding our skies,” Bryce said. “The unique history of the squadron makes it a symbol of the story of the RAAF, and its actions and deeds are legendary in Australia’s wartime diary.”
An architect and graphic and industrial designer, Bryce served for five years in the Air Training Corps before joining the RAAF Reserves as an intelligence officer. He served from 1956 to 1970.