Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

WWII Veteran Reflects as Numbers Decline

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

WWII Veteran Reflects as Numbers Decline

Article excerpt

"NO one wins a bloody war".

Those were the words of Alstonville's Bernie Scanlan, 94, as he reflected on being one of the last surviving members of his World War II unit, the 2/33rd Battalion which fought in the New Guinea campaign. He doesn't know of any members of the battalion still alive in the region.

Mr Scanlan, who grew up on a dairy farm, joined the army in 1942 in Lismore as a 19-year-old.

He was posted to the 2/33rd Battalion as a reinforcement.

The unit had fought in the Middle East and on the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. It returned to Australia for jungle warfare training and a refit before heading back to New Guinea.

Mr Scanlan was only in New Guinea for a week in September 7, 1943, when a US Air Force Liberator B-24 plane crashed into a convoy of trucks carrying troops from the battalion at Jackson's Airport in Port Moresby.

About 60 men were killed in that incident, including the crew of the aircraft, and another 92 were injured. …

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