Betty’s special Anzac Day visit

Paying a visit to Betty Molloy at Gundagai Hospital on Anzac Day is (from left) Royal Australian Air Force LACW Zoe Day, LAC Jithin Divakar and Sgt Wayne Howell.

When World War II veteran Betty Molloy could not make it to Anzac Day commemorations this year, a contingent of kind Royal Australian Air Force personnel made sure a little bit of Anzac Day came to her.

Betty unfortunately spent Anzac Day in hospital and when three members of the Federation Guard heard that Betty was an Air Force veteran, they asked if they could pay her a visit.

LACW Zoe Day, LAC Jithin Divakar and Sgt Wayne Howell volunteered to visit Betty after being told about her service to her country, and that she could not attend the Anzac Day services on Sunday.

Betty was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) where she served as an aircraftwoman for three years during WWII.

The WAAAF was initially formed in March 1941 due to pressure from Australian women who insisted that they could contribute towards the war effort.

In the lead up to Remembrance Day last November, the Gundagai RSL Sub-branch held a special ceremony for Betty, where she was presented with her war service medals.

The Federation Guard, the Australian Defence Force’s official tri-service ceremonial unit, played an integral part in formal proceedings on Anzac Day in Gundagai this year, and is made up of defence personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force.


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