Click here to view the Bill Hamilton War Diaries document
The Bill Hamilton war diaries provide a very interesting read and insight to conditions of the South West Pacific war theatre during Bill's time there. Published here with permission of his son Lester Hamilton.
Bill was discharged from the RAAF on compassionate grounds whilst posted to 11 Squadron (Catalinas) at Rathmines, he resumed employment at the Railway Commissioner’s Blue Metal Quarry at Bombo, NSW; having gained RAAF 2E fitter qualifications he was able to take a job as Diesel Fitter / Lorry Driver until retirement in 1968. Quite a few Kiama service organisations benefited from Bill’s volunteer work as an office bearer, such as the Rugby League club, RSL and Scouts, and he always made the effort to attend the Anzac March in Sydney, although his overseas service had a significant effect on his overall health. Bill died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on the 21st April, 1972.
Bill's son Lester is keen to hear from others who served as RAAF crew on PT Boats, or of any published works covering their service.
To contact Lester use the Contact Us form on this website and we will forward your details to Lester.