World War II veteran Ken Tunley has always wanted to fly in a Tiger Moth plane.
The Vasey RSL Care Bundoora resident –who was 100 in February – recently had his wish come true, thanks to Vasey RSL’s Hero’s Wish program.
The program seeks donations from the community to help make the wishes of veterans and war widows come true.
Mr Tunley, who was born in London, was conscripted for service when he was 22. He worked as a plumber for the army, building shower blocks and water services. He served for six years.
He said the dream Tiger Moth flight had given him a feeling of complete freedom.
“The plane ride was fabulous – I really like flying,” Mr Tunley said. “We didn’t do any aerobatics, but it was great to be up in the air.”
Vasey RSL chief executive Janna Voloshin said the Hero’s Wish program had helped grant the wishes of numerous veterans and war widows.
“We can never repay them for the sacrifices they made, but we show a small token of our appreciation through the Hero’s Wish program.
“The smile on Ken’s face when he went up in the plane was priceless.”