The Australian Veterans' Accounts
Interview with Richard Arundel
...Richard Arundel was a midshipman in the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney.
“One day, just after we went on patrol I happened to be sitting at breakfast with a young man with a slightly burnt face from bailing out of a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain, afterwards he had joined the RAN. Should be sitting beside me and in a very relaxed style he conversed with me which I found rather interesting because I was a Midshipman, you were the dirt of the earth of course. And we had a little conversation, he had his breakfast and he went off.
And I was in the operations room a little while later to hear him being shot down, and that was the end of him. He was our first casualty, Lieutenant Clarkson.”
[Find out about the operations of the HMAS Sydney in the Korean War.]