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(generated from captions) I mean, it's been a war just hates us for this. and the LFO... as we were, You know, and as unintentional we really upset our neighbours. I don't think that'll ever go, the relationship. I don't think we can ever repair this old derelict building, In reclaiming and converting a long, hard battle, Louise and Milko have had to fight in the end, they have sort of won but one, of course, which, this place is such a surprise. and it has been worth it because It's an exciting, contemporary home, between nine other properties crammed into a space bits of London. in one of the most densely populated windows you can get a view out of. Thank goodness it doesn't have any skylights Thank goodness it's only got there are no neighbours. because up there, Closed Captions by CSI

? Theme music (Ding!) (People shout) (Cheering and applause) War is fought by the heroic. movie-worthy, your story wasn't told. But often, if you didn't do something And if you were Aboriginal, that retelling just became harder. But what exactly makes a hero? who fought for this country is. If you ask me, I would say anyone making that first step forward And for others, it was as simple as in their footsteps. for those who would follow This is a P-40 Kittyhawk, capable of speeds up to 560km/h. a one-seater aircraft fighter aircraft flown by Australians The Kittyhawk was the most important during the Second World War. in the South-West Pacific. It played a crucial role as fighters They fought on the front line of the Pacific war during the critical early years and were vital during ground attacks. The P-40 had good agility, and medium to low altitude. especially at high speed monoplane fighters of the war. It was one of the tightest turning these things don't fly themselves. But enough about the planes because Meet Leonard Waters. fighter pilot to serve in WWII, He's the only known Aboriginal military aviator. and the first Australian Aboriginal and raised in Queensland, Born in northern New South Wales when he joined the RAAF in 1942. Waters was working as a shearer he volunteered for flying duties Training initially as a mechanic, in 1944. and graduated as a sergeant pilot he was posted to the 78th Squadron, On 14 November, 1944, of Noemffer, just west of Papua. a fighter unit based on the island a P-40 Kittyhawk. When he arrived, he was allocated nicknamed the plane Black Magic, By chance, a previous pilot had and painted those words on its nose. an amusing coincidence, Waters found the name of his plane and chose to retain it. were almost non-existent in the war. By this stage, Japanese aircraft was ground attack, So the 78th Squadron's main role bombing and strafing enemy positions. Waters flew 95 missions from Noemffer at Morotai and Tarakan in Borneo. and later from the airbases was struck by a 37mm cannon shell MAN: During one mission, my aircraft in the cockpit without detonating. that embedded itself behind me I flew for another two hours, exploding at any time. with the possibility of the shell pointed at you. It was like having a loaded gun the best landing I ever made. I tell you what, that was After returning to Australia, a regional airline Waters attempted to start serving South-West Queensland. finance or bureaucratic agreement However, he was not able to secure seeking Government approval... He reportedly wrote four letters ..but never received a reply. He never flew a plane again. in the air, We didn't just have heroes serving on the ground as well. we had some fantastic men Take Albert Knight for instance. Imperial Force on 4 November, 1915. Albert joined the Australian to enlist. He was the second of three brothers the 43rd Battalion in 1916. Bill his brother fought for the 13th Battalion Reinforcement. And Joe fought with near Ypres, Belgium, Albert joined the 13th Battalion in October, 1916, the fierce fighting at 1st Bullecourt and was slightly wounded in on 11 April, 1917. shortly afterwards, He rejoined his battalion the 43rd Battalion in September. until his brother claimed him into after outstanding service He was promoted lance corporal in the Passchendaele fighting... specialist and a noted scout... ..and by this time, was a bombing no man's land. ..always crawling about On the Somme, in May, 1918, Albert put his foot on a Mills bomb among his mates. which had fallen fizzing two months recovering, It exploded, and he spent in July. before returning to the front On 30 September, he took part on the Hindenburg Line. in the attack on Bony Village machine-gun and trench mortar fire. The attack was stopped by heavy But in broad daylight, in the open under heavy fire, Knight and a mate advanced over 180m them destroyed by artillery. located the enemy weapons and had He won a Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Victoria Cross for non-officers. the award second to quit the front for the last time, The next day, his battalion Knight returned to Australia. and in July, 1919, of the many acts of bravery These are just two conducted by soldiers during wartime. Matt Whitmore Closed Captions by CSI -