Introducing  Leading Aircraftman Michael Crapella

Interviewer Gareth McCray OAM

Michael joined the RAAF in APR 2016 as an aircraft technician and after training was posted in JUL 17 to 2OCU, where he still is today.   He has been trained on the F18 and the F35, participated in four pilot operational conversion courses and one fighter combat instructor course, which was partly carried out in both Townsville and Darwin giving him the opportunity to travel around Australia.


In 2019 He was able to go to Mildura for 2OCU’s anniversary and engage with the locals as well as military veterans and families.  


He has been away with ADF sport and participated in Clay Target Shooting at both a local ADF level in 2017, 18 and 19 (2020 was affected by COVID) and a national level.  H qualified to shoot in the ADF national team at the Australian national shoot. 


In the future, he wants to gain an Engineering degree and, in turn, be commissioned.  He would like a career in the RAAF as an engineer.