Valston Hancock (31 May 1907 – 29 September 1998) was a senior
commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A graduate of the
Royal Military College, Duntroon, Hancock transferred to the RAAF in
1929 and qualified as a pilot. After fifteen years of occupying staff
and training posts, he saw combat in the Aitape–Wewak campaign of the
Pacific War during 1945. Flying Bristol Beaufort light bombers, he led
No. 100 Squadron, and later No. 71 Wing, earning the Distinguished
Flying Cross. After the war, Hancock became the inaugural commandant of
RAAF College, followed by a succession of senior positions, before being
promoted to air marshal and serving as Chief of the Air Staff from 1961
to 1965. He was knighted in 1962. In his role as the Air Force's senior
officer, Hancock continued the policy of developing a chain of forward
airfields in Northern Australia. He also evaluated potential
replacements for the RAAF's English Electric Canberra bomber.
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Man sees, hears, touches, tastes and smells that which it is
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