2021 Mintmark & Privy Mark $1 Uncirculated Four Coin Set - Heroes of the Sky - Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force



Born on a northern New South Wales Aboriginal reserve in 1924,
Warrant Officer Len Waters was a Kamilaroi man who defied poverty and
discrimination to achieve his ambition to fly. As a child during the Great
Depression in outback Queensland, he made model aeroplanes from
cast-off packing cases, seeking to emulate the feats of his aviation

In the Second World War, Len Waters enlisted in the RAAF on 24 August
1942. Training first as a flight mechanic, he was later accepted for pilot
training. Posted to 78 Squadron RAAF, he served in the South-West
Pacific Area in 1944-45, first at Noemfoor and then Morotai and Tarakan
in what is now Indonesia. Flying a Kittyhawk P-40N fighter he made 41
strike missions against fortified Japanese positions, and another 54
operational flights.

Warrant Officer Waters was the RAAF’s only known Indigenous fighter
pilot in the war. Post-war he returned to shearing, frustrated by
government silence that greeted his applications for a civil pilot’s licence.
When he died in 1993 the RAAF honoured him with a “Missing Man”
flyover at his funeral.

• Coin’s reverse design commemorates the Centenary of the Royal
Australian Air Force
• Packaging features illustration of WOFF Len Waters
• Set contains ‘C’ Mintmark and ‘S’, ‘M’ and ‘B’ Privy Mark coins
• Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
designed by Jody Clark
• Australian legal tender