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An Airman's Prayer
Sgt. Hugh Brodie (RAAF)

Almighty and all-present power,

Short is the prayer I make to thee,

I do not ask, in battle hour,

For any shield to cover me.

The vast unalterable way,

From which the stars do not depart,

May not be turned aside to stay

The bullet, flying to my heart.

I ask no help to strike my foe,

I see no petty victory here,

The enemy I hate, I know

To thee, is also dear.

But this I pray - be at my side

When death is drawing through the sky,

Almighty God, Who also died,

Teach me the way that I should die.

(Hugh Brodie's story is here)

Hugh Brodie is 4th from right in picture

Outdoor group portrait of members of No. 460 Squadron RAAF, based at RAF Breighton which has been newly-formed and equipped with Wellington bomber aircraft. Identified from left to right: 404539 Sergeant (Sgt) (later Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt)) William John Chaplain from Brisbane Queensland; 402600 Sgt Trevor Hopetoun McIlveen from Sydney, NSW (killed on flying operations over Germany on 29 April 1942); 400337 Sgt (later Pilot Officer) Stuart Wood from Victoria in front (accidentally killed in the UK on 15 February 1943); next two at back are unidentified; 404256 Sgt (later Flt Lt) Francis Joseph Nugent from Queensland, in front (later awarded DFC); 407828 Sgt (later Flying Officer) Arrol Ainslie Penglase from South Australia; 407531 Sgt (later Flt Lt) Allan Francis McKinnon from South Australia (later awarded DFC) (killed on flying operations over Germany on 5 March 1944); 408122 Sgt John Percival Cosgrove from South Australia (killed on flying operations over Germany on 29 April 1942); 404684 Sgt (later Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Alexander Clive Johnston from Queensland (killed on flying operations over Germany on 13 May 1943); 400524 Sgt (later Flt Sgt) Hugh Rowell Brodie from Melbourne, Victoria (killed on flying operations over Germany on 3 June 1942); 400335 Sgt John Robert Shearer from Victoria, in front (killed on flying operations over Germany on 7 May 1942); and 404705 Sgt Reginald Henry Murphy from Queensland (killed on flying operations over Germany on 7 May 1942).courtesy of Australian War Museum

Hugh Brodie and friends

High Brodie

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