Projects Australian Armed Forces – Royal Australian Air Force

Australian Armed Forces – Royal Australian Air Force

Henley Royal Regatta

Australian Aircrew Rowing in the 1945 Victory Henley Royal Regatta

With the European War at an end in early June 1945 the Henley Regatta Committee led by chairman Harcourt Gold decided that an interim regatta should be held in either late June or July. A call for crews went out in the media. RAAF responded with Australian rowers pooled from within Britain together with those returning from harrowing experiences as POWs in Europe.

Through primary research and collaboration with the Air Force Historical Directorate in Christchurch, Australia in identifying the rowers Andrew then explores the origin of the regatta then blends in stories of the aircrew to deliver a fresh narrative which may not be familiar to the public.