Branches/Chapters

You will notice that on this website some member groups are titled Chapters instead of the customary Branches. This is simply a nomenclature initiative necessitated by the use of computer based membership management to differentiate between those member groups that are self-administering (Branches) and those whose membership administration is managed by a sub-committee of the State Council (Chapters).

Click on Branch/Chapter name for more information

30 Squadron Beaufighter Branch

SECRETARY

Yvonne Holt
[email protected]
02 9639 9862

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

4/5 Army Co-Op Squadrons Branch

PRESIDENT

Robert Watts
[email protected]
02 6258 1845

SECRETARY

Dennis Wilkes
[email protected]
02 6254 0609

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

458 Squadron Branch

PRESIDENT

Keith Cousins

02 9449 1637

SECRETARY

David Longhurst

02 9810 4416

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

463/467 Squadrons Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

5ACS Flying Shovels Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Air Mobility Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

Air Force Association NSW Division
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

AIRTC & AAFC Branch

PRESIDENT

Geoff Usher

‭02 9357 4336‬

SECRETARY

Carol Moreau
[email protected]
‭02 9393 3485‬

Membership Point of Contact

Carol Moreau
[email protected]
0417 277 736

Branch Address

AIRTC & AAFC Branch
14/154 Chuter Avenue RAMSGATE BEACH 2217

Annual Fees

$20 per year

Branch Meetings

The Branch meets on the last Friday of each even numbered month at the Bankstown Sports Club. Members meet for lunch in the bistro at 12.00pm, and then the meeting is held in the boardroom from 2.00pm. In 2020 the October meeting will be held on 23rd , and the December meeting is scheduled for 11th. On the last Friday of the odd numbered month, members take a trip to a designated area for lunch. The destination is determined at the meting, but is always an interesting location.

Albury-Wodonga

Albury-Wodonga Branch

PRESIDENT

Grahame Carroll
[email protected]
(0414) 510 715

SECRETARY

Loris Thompson
[email protected]
(0432) 808 485

Membership Point of Contact

Grahame Carroll
[email protected]
(0414) 510 715

Branch Address

Air Force Association (Albury-Wodonga)
PO Box 1010 Albury 2640

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Branch Meetings

SOCIAL DAY LUNCH on Last Sunday every month at 1200 hrs at various location notified by newsletter - please confirm venue/attendance with the Secretary. After the AGM and GMs lunch will be held in The Bistro, SS&A Club Albury. GENERAL MEETINGS will be held at 1130 hrs before Social Day Lunch in February, March, April, June, August (AGM) and October. The AGM and GMs are held at the SS&A Club Albury unless otherwise notified to members. A COMMITTEE MEETING will be held every second month before the GENERAL MEETING and at the same venue at 1030 hrs. Branch Biannual Newsletter - Ad Astra - provides details and updated information. Facebook group page is open to members - ask to join from the group Facebook page.

Branch Information

The Albury-Wodonga Branch covers North-East Victoria and Riverina New South Wales. The region has strong historical links with the RAAF through wartime and post-war training; these links continue today. The Branch's 30th Anniversary was celebrated on 30 April 2019.

The Branch's focus is on promoting military aviation heritage and comraderie, encouraging veteran advocacy, promoting today's air force in the local community and supporting youth development through events and with flying scholarships for local air force cadets.

Committee meetings are held monthly and there are monthly social events for all members, prospective members and guests. Five general meetings, including the AGM, are held during the year - on on even-numbered-months (except December).

Albury-Wodonga welcomes new members and visitors. The branch's email address is: [email protected]

The Albury Wodonga Branch Committee for 2021 - 2022 is:

President: Grahame Carroll
Vice-presidents: Fred Thompson & Wal Miles
Secretary: Loris Thompson
Treasurer: Margie Carroll
General Member: Charlie Boase
General Member: David Pimm

Membership enquiries to: (1) [email protected] or (2) (0414) 510 715 or (3) (0432) 808 485.

Association Honorary Chapter

Chapter Information

The Associaion Honorary Chapter is a record of Association Honorary members.

Honorary Membership can only be awarded in accordance with the Association Constitution clause 7 (5)

The constitution can be downloaded from the Association tab in the website menu

Ballina

Ballina Branch

PRESIDENT

Richard (Dick) Wills BEM
[email protected]
0414 618 793

SECRETARY

Colleen Wills
[email protected]
02 6686 8989

Membership Point of Contact

Dick Wills
[email protected]
0414 618 793

Branch Address

Air Force Association (Ballina Branch) Inc.
PO Box 772 Ballina 2478

Annual Fees

$20 per year

Branch Meetings

Monthly general meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month except December. At the Ballina RSL Club Ltd., 1 Grant Street Ballina, starting at 11.00am. The Club's Restaurant provides for a branch lunch after the meeting.

Branch Information

Ballina town is situated on the Richmond river Far North Coast NSW. A couple of kilometers off the Pacific Highway or fly into the Gateway airport, brings you to "Beautiful Ballina by the Sea". Ballina has plenty of accomodation, eateries, beaches, surfing, fishing or touring and walking the hinterland trails and villages. A great place to live or visit.
 
Search Ballina NSW on your internet browser for more detaied information or contact a branch member.
 
Additional to the monthly meetings, the members also gather socially on the last Thursday of the month for an informal lunch or a day bus trip. Members, guests and visitors are all welcome to all branch functions.
 
The branch actively fundraises assisting other local charitable organisations, Legacy, the Ballina RSL Life Care village, and financially supports the 326 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets scholarship scheme.
 
Ballina welcomes enquiries about the branch, their charitable activities and member support services, call or email any of the contacts listed.

Bomber Command Branch

PRESIDENT

Dr Ron Houghton DFC Ld'H
[email protected]
02 9954 7000

SECRETARY

Mrs Annette Guterres
[email protected]
02 9743 5794

Membership Point of Contact

Annette Guterres
[email protected]
0412759912

Branch Address

Bomber Command Association in Australia Inc
PO Box 325 Concord 2137

Annual Fees

$15 per year

Branch Meetings

Committee usually meets on the second Tuesday of the second month.

Branch Information

Membership is open to all with an interest in Bomber Command.  A quarterly newsletter is sent to all members. More details are on our website www.bombercommandassociation.org.au

 Each year  ceremonies are held  in each state for Bomber Command Commemorative Day. More information about the ceremonies can be found on www.bombercommandcommemorativeday.com

 

 

 

Canterbury/Bankstown Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Central Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

Air Force Association NSW Division
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Civil Air Crew Vietnam Branch

PRESIDENT

George Nelson
[email protected]
(02) 9517 1314

SECRETARY

Peter McCabe

(02) 9607 2167

Membership Point of Contact

George Nelson
[email protected]
(02) 9517 1314

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box A2638 SYDNEY SOUTH 1235

Annual Fees

$13 per year

Coffs Harbour & District* Branch

PRESIDENT

Peter Bennetts
[email protected]
02 6655 5001

SECRETARY

Jennifer Kelloway
[email protected]
0412 665 632

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Bennetts
[email protected]
02 6655 5001

Branch Address

Air Force Association CH&D Branch
PO Box 6712 COFFS HARBOUR PLAZA 2450

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Branch Meetings

Branch meets 2nd Sunday in February (AGM), April, June, August and October, 1030 for 1100 at Sawtell RSL Club Ltd, First Avenue, SAWTELL. A Christmas meeting is also held late November or early December.

Coogee-Randwick Branch

PRESIDENT

Jon Gardiner
[email protected]
0449 595 511

SECRETARY

Mrs Bernice Wright
[email protected]
0438 264 174

Membership Point of Contact

Mrs Bernice Wright
[email protected]
0438 264 174

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 556 Spit Junction 2088

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Fighter Squadrons Branch

PRESIDENT

Mike Lavercombe
[email protected]
02 4942 6964

SECRETARY

Geoff Peterkin
[email protected]
0406 186 926

Membership Point of Contact

Memberships Member
[email protected]
0410 325 644

Branch Address

Fighter Squadrons Branch
Salamander Bay LPO PO Box 656 SALAMANDER BAY NSW 2317

Annual Fees

$20 per year

Branch Information

PATRON
AIR VICE MARSHAL W. H. SIMMONDS, AO, MID

FROM WHENCE IT SPRUNG

Since WWII, a number of individual and independent associations sprouted to accommodate the needs of ex-members. Those associations were largely squadron-centric owing to the members' (mostly WWII veterans) strong sense of connection and identity with their particular squadrons. In 1971, the “Kitty Hawk Squadrons' Association” was formed as an offshoot of the original "No 77 Squadron Association" which was established in June 1953.

Since the mid-sixties, however, this strength of identity has diminished to a degree because of more diverse involvement with several squadrons and/or aircraft types.  In 1976 the “Kitty Hawk Squadrons' Association” was renamed the “NSW Fighter Squadrons Branch”. That was the first attempt to establish a "combined association" concept. Such a change not only broadened the scope of membership by excluding reference to aircraft type, but based on the logic that the common thread was their fighter squadron heritage, it was envisaged that this organisation could fulfil the needs of camaraderie for all older and younger-generation members who served within the many fighter squadrons in existence.

WHAT IS IT

The Fighter Squadrons' Branch (FSB) is now a fully established branch of its parent body namely "The Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association (New South Wales Division) Incorporated" - or RAAFANSW. Naturally, all members of the FSB are fully subscribed members of the RAAFANSW.

The FSB is not an independently constituted, incorporated or otherwise, organisation. Accordingly, the statutory functioning of the FSB is fully governed by the constitution of RAAFANSW. There is no provision in the RAAFANSW constitution for its branches to spawn sub-branches.

WHAT IT DOES

The broad charter of the FSB is to:

  1. foster ongoing camaraderie among all members past and present of the fighter squadrons community;
  2. promote welfare of and assistance to members of the branch and their dependents;
  3. disseminate relevant information from RAAFANSW and/or other sources;
  4. plan, coordinate and conduct reunions, formal and social events;
  5. maintain a website with both public and private access segments; and
  6. provide limited financial assistance to kindred and affiliated organisations and groups.

IMPLEMENTATION

In 2003, following requests from some of the independent associations, the FSB committee established and formalised the “umbrella” concept - a concept where the FSB sits in a focal position relative to a cluster of individual and independent squadron associations, thus providing a linkage for embracing the fighter squadrons' fraternity as a whole.

In late 2004 the Fighter Squadrons Branch website was launched, with the home page graphically illustrating implementation of this concept. From an original eight associations, some twelve groups now populate this cluster.

During the following years FSB operated in a supportive rather than a governance sense in respect of the members of the independent associations. The passage of time however took its toll in these associations and governance positions became more difficult to fill.

Since 2011 major constitutional changes within RAAFANSW have fertilised progressive management concepts and IT leading to the establishment of websites and better communication capabilities for the division and branches alike.

These changes enabled branches to conduct their own membership management, previously undertaken at division level, permitting independent associations to merge with FSB whilst retaining their squadron identities as chapters within FSB if they wished.  This arrangement now retains the aforementioned "umbrella" concept and allows wider scope for all members to enjoy the collective benefit of the branch as a whole whilst perpetuating chapter initiatives in respect of history recording and collection of memorabilia.

Membership of the Fighter Squadrons Branch is open to past and present members of Fighter Squadrons.
Friends and associates of the fighter community, persons with connections to Williamtown and Amberley air bases and persons with a genuine interest in military aviation are also eligible and welcome to join.

Applications to join are made through RAAFA NSW website https://raafansw.org.au/membershipNew.php

PRESIDENTS

Alwyn Quoy                1969 - 1985
Ken Hitchcock            1985 - 1987
Jack Lynch                 1987 - 1990
Dick Gregory              1990 - 1996
Dave Bowden             1996 - 2003
Dave Leach                 2003 - 2005
Ian Whisker                 2005 - 2009
Bruce Connell             2009 - 2015
Mike Lavercombe       2015 -

Halifax Chapter

SECRETARY

Keith Campbell OAM

02 9489 3250

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Kirribilli Branch

PRESIDENT

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
02 94131661

SECRETARY

Geoff Sheppard
[email protected]
0414 808 115

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
02 94131661

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$25 per year

Liberator Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Manly-Warringah* Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Manning River Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

National Service* Branch

PRESIDENT

Brian C. Morelli
[email protected]
02 4330 0091

SECRETARY

Robert Dickey
[email protected]
02 9553 0998

Membership Point of Contact

Robert Dickey
[email protected]
02 9553 0998

Branch Address

Secretary RAAF National Service
PO Box 111 Penshurst 2222

Newcastle Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Memberships Member
[email protected]
0418 396 681

Branch Address

Newcastle Branch
Salamander Bay LPO PO Box 656 SALAMANDER BAY NSW 2317

Annual Fees

$20 per year

Orange Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Pathfinder Branch

PRESIDENT

Ken Youdale DFC OAM

0408 219 920

SECRETARY

Jeff McClenaughan

02 9527 1048

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Branch Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Polish Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Port Macquarie Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

RAAFA HARS Branch

PRESIDENT

Bob DeLaHunty
[email protected]
0433 941 306

SECRETARY

Douglas Haywood
[email protected]
0431 704 991

Membership Point of Contact

Douglas Haywood
[email protected]
0431 704 991

Branch Address

HARS Branch
HARS Museum, Airport Rd & Boomerang Ave Albion Park Rail 2527

Annual Fees

$13 per year

Branch Meetings

TBA

Branch Information

RAAFA HARS Branch membership is open to all HARS members, whether they haved served or not. It only requires an interest in military aviation. 

Radar Air Defence* Branch

SECRETARY

Ian David Gibson
[email protected]
02 4951 3239

Membership Point of Contact

Ray O'Donoghue
[email protected]
0411 409 178

Branch Address

Radar Air Defence Branch
232/157 Marconi Road BONNELLS BAY NSW 2264

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Branch Meetings

Next Meeting: Friday 16'th March Stockton RSL Start @ 1100

Branch Information

 

 

Rotary Wing* Branch

PRESIDENT

Bob Redman
[email protected]
04 18 570 768

SECRETARY

Steve Hartigan
[email protected]
0438 585 202

Membership Point of Contact

Steve Hartigan
[email protected]
0438 585 202

Branch Address

No 9 Sqn Association
PO Box 635 Gatton 4343

Annual Fees

$20 per year

SEAAC Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

St George* Branch

PRESIDENT

Lindsay Smith
[email protected]
02 9529 0383

SECRETARY

Elizabeth Wood
[email protected]
0400 805 009

Membership Point of Contact

Paul Gregory
[email protected]
0477 345 906

Branch Address

RAAFA St George Branch Inc
5/647 Princes Highway BLAKEHURST 2221

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Branch Meetings

At Victory House, 647 Princes Hwy, Blakehurst, 3rd Friday Monthly except January

Sunderland Squadrons Branch

PRESIDENT

Peter W Dowling RFD
[email protected]
0418281775

SECRETARY

Peter W Dowling RFD
[email protected]
0418 281 775

Membership Point of Contact

Peter W Dowling RFD
[email protected]
0418 281 775

Branch Address

Sunderland Branch, c/o Peter W Dowling.
2 Brawn Ave Lake Wendouree 3350

Annual Fees

$13 per year

WAAAF Chapter

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
[email protected]
0409 786 199

Chapter Address

AFC & RAAF Association (NSW Division) Inc
PO Box 125 ALLAWAH NSW 2218

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Wanderers

Wanderers Branch

PRESIDENT

Gordon Pert
[email protected]
0407 239 382

SECRETARY

Malcolm Baker
rekab6[email protected]
0435 653 630

Membership Point of Contact

Malcolm Baker
[email protected]
0435 653 630

Branch Address

132
Collett Street Queanbeyan 2620

Annual Fees

$25 per year

Branch Information

The Wanderers Memorial Plaque Dedication weekend which was to be held over the period 17th to 19th September 2021 has been postponed due to the current Covid19 situation. For further information contact Mal Baker