Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Service the Start of Many Memories

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Service the Start of Many Memories

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Byline: Jennifer Chapman

BARBARA Muir was just 21 when she joined the Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force.

She was eager to play her part for her country during World War II after growing up with a father who was a major in the Volunteer Defence Corps.

In 1942 Barbara moved from Murgon, where she grew up, to Sydney to become an air force storekeeper selling nuts and bolts.

After training she was posted to Sandgate where she remained for the rest of the war, until 1946.

She was not always a storekeeper, though. In 1943 she did an equipment course in Melbourne and became known as an equipment assistant. Barbara then moved into the clothing store issuing uniforms before reaching the rank of Non-commissioned Officer Flight Sergeant.

She describes the years from 1942 to 1946 as wonderful. She enjoyed meeting people from all over Australia, who she would otherwise have never met.

After the war, in 1957, she met Tom Muir, who she later married, in Brisbane. …

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