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October 1966 to October 1967

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Wayne John COOMBE

Official No: R95721 Aged: 16 years 2 months Joined: 8th October 1966
Division: Morrow Home Port: Sydney Discharged: May 1974

Naval Airman AE



Postings: Leeuwin,  Albatross, 723 Squadron (Albatross), 817 Squadron (Albatross and Melbourne),  725 Squadron (Albatross)
Current Occupation:  



Wayne (left) and his boss Dec 2003


After departing company with you guys I arrived at Albatross to learn about choppers, little did I know that Albatross was to be it for me except for two short trips on Melbourne in `69 (when we hit the Frank E Evans) and again in `70. I would have had only 6 months away from Albatross, so I decided enough was enough and got out. I know now I made a bad rating choice as I really miss the mateship and have only good memories from the time we all got together till I left.
From `74 to 80 I struggled a bit as I had no idea what I wanted to do, did a bit of labouring and dye-setting in the plastics industry. Soon learnt that factory work was not for me and joined Australia Post in `80 as a postie and enjoyed the outdoors. Things started to change in 2000 so after 20 years I left.
From 2001 to 2006 worked as a storeman in the car industry (pretty dodgey industry). Mid 2006 I decided to take things a bit easy so now do 4 hours a day cleaning Sydney Buses, it keeps me occupied or else I would drink myself to  death.
I lost the love of my life in 1985 and remain single today and have no children, love a beer (very much so) and a punt. Only health problems are hangovers.

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