MAJOR VICTOR E. BERTRANDIAS
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII
Victor E. Bertrandias
On 2 October 1942, the Townsville Air Depot was established at the base of Mount Louisa in Townsville under the command of the fiery, but colourful Lt/Col Victor E. Bertrandias, one time crew chief of the famous WWI aviator, Eddie Rickenbacker, and later a Vice President of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. He was reputed. to know 'one hell of a lot about aeroplanes'.
On January 26th 1943, an Advanced Echelon of the Air Service Command, Fifth Air Force was established at the base of Mount Louisa in Townsville, and Lt/Col V.E. Bertrandias assumed command.
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