During the Second World War Australian service men and women played a vital role in every theatre of the conflict, leading to the successful Allied outcome in 1945. Victory was celebrated in 2020 with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe and the Pacific. These Australians who played such an important role in securing peace in 1945 are among a long line of distinguished Defence Force personnel; as strong today as it was 75 years ago.
Australia produced at least 85 air "Aces" during the conflict. Many of these were Spitfire pilots, who served in all theatres during World War II.
Our Association, founded by many of these Spitfire pilots, remains strong to this day. Now though, in the twilight of the Spitfire Generation, we enter a new era; one where this generation will Carry the Spirit Forward, without the guiding hand of the founders of our organisation.
We bravely look to the future, steadfast in our promise to never forget the sacrifices made in Europe, and later at Australia's doorstep to the north. We will forever protect the spirit of camaraderie, service and enjoyment of life, which is the hallmark of the Association, and we will use it to move toward an ever-uncertain future, bound together by a love of Australia and of this iconic aeroplane.