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Australia 2021 Sky Heroes Centenary Royal Australian Air Force mmk 4x$1 UNC Set

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200.00 Grams
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  • Born on a northern New South Wales Aboriginal reserve in 1924, Warrant Officer Len Waters was a Kamilaroi man who defied poverty and discrimination to achieve his ambition to fly. As a child during the Great Depression in outback Queensland, he made model aeroplanes from cast-off packing cases, seeking to emulate the feats of his aviation heroes.
  • In the Second World War, Len Waters enlisted in the RAAF on 24 August 1942. Training first as a flight mechanic, he was later accepted for pilot training. Posted to 78 Squadron RAAF, he served in the South-West Pacific Area in 1944-45, first at Noemfoor and then Morotai and Tarakan in what is now Indonesia. Flying a Kittyhawk P-40N fighter he made 41 strike missions against fortified Japanese positions, and another 54 operational flights.
  • Warrant Officer Waters was the RAAF’s only known Indigenous fighter pilot in the war. Post-war he returned to shearing, frustrated by government silence that greeted his applications for a civil pilot’s licence. When he died in 1993 the RAAF honoured him with a “Missing Man” flyover at his funeral.
  • Coin’s reverse design commemorates the Centenary of the RoyalAustralian Air Force
  • Packaging features illustration of WOFF Len Waters
  • Set contains ‘C’ Mintmark and ‘S’, ‘M’ and ‘B’ Privy Mark coins
  • Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark
  • Australian legal tender

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