Young Alan Whitham
wanted to join his fatherís squadron in World War Two but, because of
his age, had to wait a while and ended up in a RAAF Radar Station.
After initial training he
was suddenly whisked overseas to fill a gap in the staff of 152 Radar
Unit and he was soon on his way to New Guinea.
His first stop was at
Finschhafen, where the unit gave advanced warning of Japanese raids and
helped the Allies to keep the skies safe in that area.
Then there was another
move north, as his unit took its place in the Aitape landing in
conjunction with the Americans. He landed under fire and as the area was
cleared, he and his mates settled into a location at Tadji airstrip.
Again the Radar played a
vital part in protecting the new airstrip and the Aitape area.
When time allowed,
Whitham journeyed into the surrounding jungle and his adventures and
observations make very interesting reading.
Alan Whitham left the
RAAF at warís end and a while later, joined the Anglican Church, where
he spent many busy years as he took on more and more responsibility.
His has been a very