Guest: Nat Eichler
Host: Dave Homewood and James Kightly
Recorded: 15th of November 2015, at Werribee, Australia
Duration: 59 minutes 27 seconds
In this episode, another in the Wings Over Australia sub-series, co-hosts Dave Homewood and James Kightly are given a guided tour of the magnificent ex-RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator restoration at Werribee, near Melbourne, Australia. Our guide is 95-year-old WWII veteran Nat Eichler, who served as a Radar Operator and Wireless Operator on Royal Australian Air Force Liberators himself. While talking about the restoration and the aircraft’s components that have been restored, Nat also talks about the museum and its plans, the history of the hangar and Werribee Air Force station, and his own service in B-24’s, patrolling over the sea north of the Australian continent in the hunt for Japanese shipping.
The following photos were taken during our visit to the Werribee B-24 Liberator. The first shot was taken by James Kightly and shows Dave Homewood interviewing guide and WWII veteran Nat Eichler with the Liberator in the background, and a gun turret in the foreground.
The rest of the photos were taken by Dave Homewood. First shots show the hangar and a board telling about the hangar’s history
Nat with a radar unit
Exterior Shots of the Aircraft and Components
Interior shots inside the fuselage, note the yellow oxygen tanks
Photos of the large map they have on the hangar doors showing the RAAF Liberator bases and areas of operation in WWII