Sharron Spargo attained an honours degree from Murdoch University as a part-time mature aged student after spending three years recording Des Sullivan's memories of flying Lancaster bombers over Europe during World War II.
A lifetime interest in Australian military history turned into a passion after hearing veterans' first-hand memories of their experiences, and how these had shaped them and enriched the nation's military history.
This interest in recording veterans' memories led to Sharron basing her PhD dissertation on the oral testimony of serving members of the Fleet Air Arm, former and current. Her thesis was titled The Australian Fleet Air Arm: A Comparative Operational Study.
Her father was a member of the Australian Fleet Air Arm (AFAA) and served in the Korean War as an aircraft armourer aboard aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney, and became a founding member of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
Through this connection Sharron was able to contact veterans who, one way or another, joined this unique band of brothers and shared their military contribution with her.
Sharron has been a member of the association for thirteen years. Holding its honorary position of scribe, she writes Western Australia's quarterly contribution to the national magazine, Slipstream.
As a passionate proponent of oral history, Sharron was honoured to write the biography of Chief Petty Officer (Rtd) Ray (Rasher) Bacon, recounting his exploits as chief cook aboard HMAS Sydney and other RAN ships. This book was made available to his friends and family as a keepsake.