London, England. 1943-01-04. The RAAF Glee Club was formed by an RAAF Chaplain Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Gordon Wood on board a ship which brought Australian airmen to England last year. Members of the Club are seen broadcasting in the weekly series "Britain Sings" in the BBC's Empire Services. Left to right: 413150 Pilot Officer (PO) Frank Walker of Wellington, NSW; Sqn Ldr H. C. Thrush of Adelaide, SA; Sqn Ldr G. Wood; 409597 PO L. Roper of Bentleigh, Vic; 412396 Sergeant Pilot C. Byrnes of Moree, NSW; 401317 Sergeant Observer C. Notman of Skipton, Vic; 408511 PO D. Pile of Camberwell, Vic.
underlined my late Father -5th from left
Group portrait of eight RAAF members of a Glee Party performing at a concert at Australia House, London on Australia Day 1943. Their songs were received with great enthusiasm by the audience. Identified from left to right: pianist 416307 Pilot Officer (PO) Hamilton Roland Dacre Budd (pilot) from Broken Hill, NSW (died 1 August 1943 on operations over the Atlantic Ocean); 413150 PO Frank Sutton Walker (observer) from Wellington, NSW; Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Harry Clifford Thrush (chaplain) from Adelaide, South Australia; Sqn Ldr Gordon Gladstone Wood (chaplain) from Wellington, NSW who conducted the choir (died 18 June 1944 in UK); 412396 Sergeant (Sgt) Charles Keith Byrnes (pilot) from Moree, NSW; 401317 Sgt George Claud Notman (observer) from Skipton, Victoria; 408511 PO Donald Zalva Pile (pilot) from Melbourne, Victoria (died 26 October 1943 in Scotland); and 409597 PO Leslie Walter Roper (pilot) from Melbourne (died 4 September 1943 on operations over Germany).
Underlined 5th from the left my late father - passed away in 1969 from war related ailments.