Basil Don joined the Air Training Corps at age 16 and then at 18 joined the RAAF. He was based in Brisbane, Point Cook, for flying school and then Townsville, from where he moved to Cooktown in 1944 for jungle training.
After his training, he embarked from Townsville on a troop ship carrier for the invasion of the Philippines and Borneo.
On arrival at Morotai (now part of Indonesia), he was attached to RAAF 1 TAF (1st Tactical Air Force). There he was allocated a tent and was surprised to discover he was sharing it with Wesley Browne (many years later to become NAJEX president), whom he had known from his teenage scouting years.
On 1 July 1945, aged 19, he left harbour on landing barges with American troops and Australian 7th division heading for Balikpapan.
NAJEX was a significant part of Basil’s life and he was its Treasurer for many years.
Information and photograph provided by Basil’s brother, Harold Don