Only six years ago, AUSTRALIA was a strange country to REINOLD WILLIMCZYK - a young migrant from GERMANY.
Only six years ago, AUSTRALIA was a strange country to REINOLD WILLIMCZYK - a young migrant from GERMANY. Now he's an AUSTRALIAN himself, training for an important role in his new country's defence. Flight-Lieutenant ROY COLLISON of the R-double-A-F is one of REINOLD's instructors at POINT COOK Flying base in VICTORIA. For years REINOLD had wanted to be a pilot -- an ambition shared by his companion here -- another GERMAN migrant HANS ROSER, who's a fellow trainee at POINT COOK.
It's an age of jets now, but the fledgling pilot doesn't start right off in a jet plane. The staunch little WIRRAWAY still plays its part for the R-double-A-F -- as a trainer. REINOLD's at the controls.
The WIRRAWAY once was AUSTRALIA's only fighter defence against the threat of invasion. Now it serves merely as a stepping stone to the sleek whining jets, for a new generation of pilots. And at POINT COOK it's an exciting day for these young pilots. Graduation Day -- the climax to an exacting course.
The march-past begins. On this parade ground the AUSTRALIAN Flying Corps was born in World War One. Taking the salute is the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Sir Roy DOWLING. It's a combined graduation for naval and Air Force trainees. A sergeant-pilot comes forward smartly for the proudest moment in his career.
He's a real pilot at last. It's a dream realised for REINOLD WILLIMCZYK, in the land of his adoption.