Catherine Jose Jackson

‘She grabbed me, hugged me, and said I’m terribly sorry.’

7 June 2020

Today we remember Catherine Jose Jackson, who was trained as a meteorologist with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Her Husband, James, was with bomber command, and she was posted to the same base in England that he was at. Jose never forgot the night of November 22nd 1943.

Catherine Jose Jackson - My husband went on a night raid. But I didn’t know where, or anything about it...

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75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

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“Fellow Citizens, the War is over” – The Hon J B Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia

August the 15th marks the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.

Australia Remembers Catherine Jose Jackson who was trained as a meteorologist with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Her Husband, James, was with bomber command, and she was posted to the same base in England that he was at. Jose never forgot the night of November 22nd 1943.

Catherine Jose Jackson

My husband went on a night raid. But I didn’t know where, or anything about it. 

But in the morning when I was going on duty to the Met Office I was interrupted by a wireless operator. 

I thought, oh dear. So she said, can you come in for a minute to the wireless room. And unfortunately the first thing I saw was a big blackboard. And on the top line, it said James Brown missing. And that was it. 

And she grabbed me and hugged me and said well I’m terribly sorry but your crew didn’t come back last night. We don’t know what’s happened, we haven’t heard anything, we don’t know. All their listed is missing.

Saturday, August 15 marks the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War. Let’s pay our respects to that amazing generation of Australians.