One of our veteran hangar workers is Nat Eichler. He will be 90 in August, 2015.
Nat was a WAG (Wireless and Gunnery) Operator on B-24 Liberators during WWII. He was also a radar operator.
Nat started at the hangar in 1994 after he met a bloke in the local shopping centre who asked him if he wanted to help restore a B-24 Liberator bomber. When Nat arrived at the hangar it was quite dirty as it was being used as a storage area for hay.
Volunteers got to work with fire hoses and mops and cleaned it out. The first thing to arrive was the wing followed, in 1995, by the fuselage. Work could now begin.
Over the years Nat has worked on all sections of the aircraft and has been a Committee member most of this time. At one time he was the Vice President and is currently a member of the Committee of Management.
As well as doing some of the purchasing work, Nat acts as a guide for individuals and groups visiting the hangar; and he does a terrific job of this. As a WWII Liberator crew member he wishes to see this project through so that A72-176 can have a permanent home. Nat reckons working on the restoration keeps him young.
Nat with our recent young volunteer; they are holding an original WW2 poster.