Dr Ron Houghton, 96 yrs young relates his WWII experience as a Bomber Command Pilot and later in commercial aviation. Ron joined the RAAF Reserve in May 1942 and after training in Australia, was posted to an Advanced Flying Unit (AFU) in the UK. Ron flew Halifax bombers with No.102 Squadron RAF, and fondly remembers a particular petrol run he undertook from Yorkshire to Brussels after Brussels was liberated. His squadron was tasked with delivering some eighty jerry cans of petrol to the fuel starved British army in Belgium. On completion of Bomber Command operations, Ron was posted to Fighter Command and flew Spitfires/Hurricanes. Ron continued flying until the end of the war, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in May 1945 for 'skill and fortitude in operations against the enemy'. Upon discharge in November 1945, Ron joined Qantas, eventually working his way up to executive level. After leaving Qantas, Ron worked with several Asian airlines. He then completed a PhD in aeronautical engineering at Sydney University, eventually becoming an Honorary Associate. Ron currently serves as President of the Bomber Command Association of Australia. Ron recalls the mateship that formed in crews and he has kept in touch with his Bomber Command crew throughout the years.