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Joyce Dickinson could identify each of the planes in this museum. She was an official plane-spotter in the Australian Volunteer Air Observers Corps. Joyce and her family was chosen to join the corps because they were one of only two households in the area (New South Wales rural community of Knockrow) with a telephone.
Armed with binoculars and a poster depicting the different types of war planes, the Dickinson family was tasked with reporting all aircraft sightings 24-hours-per day, for almost five years.
Joyce and her family were among 33,000 Australian civilians in the Volunteer Air Observers Corps. Technology has eliminated the need for such a group today. However, in 1941 there was only very basic radar coverage over a few centers in Australia and Joyce who was just in her teens contributed significantly in the war-effort of 1940s.
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Thank you Priceless Joy