PICTURE OF THE PAST - Greg Ray

THE passing this week of Newcastle theatrical legend Dell Wynne de Glorion, aged 96, prompted veteran aviator and amateur stage man Bill Hitchcock to pass on this photograph of Miss Wynne de Glorion in the workshops of Royal Newcastle Aero Club during World War II.

Miss de Glorion, wearing glasses, with head down, was one of many involved in war work at the club's Broadmeadow facilities.

The club had a tremendous workshop, and the RAAF called on its expertise to do a variety of important jobs, including making some aircraft parts.

Mr Hitchcock said the workshop maintained Tiger Moths and Wackett trainers for the RAAF, and also made wooden wingtips for Mosquito bombers.

Women were employed during the war to stitch fabric on wing components, he said.

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