"After a while you get used to seeing an empty bed – someone not returned from ops. My first service boy-friend was at Driffield and was an air-gunner with 462. His birthday was the same as mine but he was one year older. He went out on a mission on 9 October 1944 and didn’t return at 19 years old. I wanted to die but you get over it. "
[Peggy Mills, quoted in Alby Silverstone and Stan Parker, Brave and true, 446–462 Squadron Association, Sydney, 1992, p. 41; AWM SUK11668]