Lake Macquarie History

Interview with Jack Wiltshire regarding his war service at Rathmines Air Base during World War II

Jack Wiltshire was an electrical fitter, mechanic and electrical contractor employed by the Commonwealth Government during World War II, to carry out repair and maintenance work on military facilities around NSW.

Though his work involved constant travel, he was based at Rathmines for lengthy periods. Jack suffered from polio as a small child, and was refused enlistment to the airforce on medical grounds.

photo: jack wiltshire

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