2 OTU Air Museum Mildura
opening of the RAAF No 2 Operational Training Unit Air Museum on 17th
November 2001, was the culmination of a long-term "labour of
love" for members of the Mildura RAAF Association Branch and their
hard working friends.
Mildura Rural City Council, in supporting the project, successfully
applied for $50,000 to preserve and restore the No. 2 OTU Headquarters
building under the Victorian Government Rural Community Development
Scheme, while the total project cost has exceeded $110,000 thanks to
outstanding contributions from the community.
2 OTU Headquarters building during renovation.
inside of the building needed as much renovation as the outside.
end result of renovation of the 2OTU Headquarters building
end result was really worth the effort
The project has allowed the former RAAF No.2 OTU Headquarters to be
preserved as a living museum that will educate present and future
generations about the significant achievements of Australians during war
time and the major training role Mildura played during World War II.
The Museum contains a huge range of RAAF memorabilia, including medals,
uniforms and an impressive array of photographs and newspaper articles.
The museum was officially opened by Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes DSO, DFC
& Bar, who was the Chief Flying Instructor at the Unit in 1944.
Former Bomber Command pilot, prisoner of war, and RAF Chaplain Archdeacon
Stan Moss officiated at the dedication of the museum and the memorial to
the 60 airmen who lost their lives while stationed at the unit.
Among those attending the opening function from all over Australia were
former RAAF pilots and ground crew who had worked and trained at Mildura
during the war, along with friends and relatives.
It is expected that local residents and visitors alike will embrace the
new facility, which will become a major tourist attraction for the region.
The Museum is open every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The museum will open at other times for group bookings.
Entry donations are:
$5.00 – Adults
$3.00 - Children or Seniors
$10.00 - Family
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