Seven decades later, the men have been presented with commemorative medallions to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
I must say, I have never understood that,” Mr Bell said.
“I remember we came back one night from a bombing and the rear gunner called out ‘corkscrew starboard’,” Mr Smith said.
Whitlam MP Stephen Jones presenting the medallions to Mr Smith (left) and Mr Bell at the Bowral War Memorial.
“We were on the Duntroon along the north-coast of New Guinea, near Port Moresby,” Mr Bell said.