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
holty34@bigpond.com
02 9639 9862

4/5 Army Co-Op Squadrons Branch

PRESIDENT

Robert Watts
b.watts@y7mail.com
02 6258 1845

SECRETARY

Dennis Wilkes
wilkesda@bigpond.com
02 6254 0609

458 Squadron Branch

PRESIDENT

Keith Cousins

02 9449 1637

SECRETARY

David Longhurst

02 9810 4416

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
membership@raafansw.org.au
0414492401

Branch Address

PO Box 494
PO Box 494 PADDINGTON 2021

Annual Fees

$30 per year

463/467 Squadrons Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
membership@raafansw.org.au
0414492401

Branch Address

PO Box 494
PO Box 494 PADDINGTON 2021

Annual Fees

$30 per year

5ACS Flying Shovels Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Gustafson
membership@raafansw.org.au
0414492401

Branch Address

PO Box 494
PO Box PADDINGTON 2021

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Air Force Association Far North Coast

Air Force Association Far North Coast Branch

PRESIDENT

Richard (Dick) Wills BEM
2rcwills@gmail.com
0414 618 793

SECRETARY

Colleen Wills
rcwills1@gmail.com
0429 198 989

Membership Point of Contact

Dick Wills
2rcwills@gmail.com
0414 618 793

Branch Address

Air Force Association Far North Coast Branch
C/- 35 Skinner Street Ballina 2478

Annual Fees

$10 per year

Branch Meetings

Monthly general meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month except December. At the Cherry Street Sports Club 68 Cherry Street Ballina, starting at 11.00am. The Club's Restaurant provides for a branch lunch after the meeting.

Branch Information

The Far North Cost of New South Wales encompasses the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Kyogle Council, Richmond Valley Council, and Clarence Valley Council.
 
The Far North Coast Branch originated from the Ballina Branch. This expansion provides for all Air Force and Aviation minded persons across the Far North Coast regions, to get together for friendship, support, and to further the aims of the Air Force Association, since 1920 we HONOUR THE PAST, CARE FOR THE PRESENT, ACT FOR THE FUTURE. Or in the way of the Air Force, THEN, NOW, ALWAYS.  
 
The brief on Ballina originates from the Ballina Branch, more to follow on other Far North Coast hot spots.
Ballina town is situated on the Richmond River. A couple of kilometers off the Pacific Highway (M1) or fly into the Ballina Byron Gateway airport brings you to "Beautiful Ballina by the Sea". Ballina has plenty of accommodations, eateries, beaches, surfing, fishing, or touring and walking the hinterland trails and villages. A great place to live or visit.
 
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, and financially supports the 326 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets scholarship scheme.
 
Ballina welcomes inquiries about the branch, its charitable activities, and member support services, call or email any of the contacts listed.

Air Mobility Branch

AIRTC & AAFC Branch

PRESIDENT

Merridy Thompson OAM
merridy.thompson@airforcecadets.gov.au
0407 224 779

SECRETARY

Sharon Lim
sharon.lim@airforcecadets.gov.au
0404 098 102

Membership Point of Contact

Karim Anwar JP
secretary@raafansw.org.au
0401 154 154

Branch Address

AIRTC & AAFC Branch
PO Box 97 LIDCOMBE 1825

Annual Fees

$25 per year

Branch Meetings

The Branch meetings will held on the following dates, times and location: Fri 24Feb2023, 1200 h Lunch in the Bistro for 1400 h AGM Meeting, Bankstown Sports Club and Zoom Fri 28Apr2023, 1800 h, Lidcombe Multi-User Barracks and Zoom Fri 23 Jun2023 , 1800 h, Lidcombe Multi-User Barracks and Zoom Fri 11 Aug2023, 1200 h Lunch in the Bistro for 1400 h Meeting, Bankstown Sports Club and Zoom Fri 13Oct2023, 1800 h, Lidcombe Multi-User Barracks and Zoom Tue 12Dec2023, Social Christmas Function, 1800 h, Lidcombe Multi-User Barracks

Albury-Wodonga Branch

PRESIDENT

Grahame Carroll
airforce.alburywodonga@gmail.com
(0414) 510 715

SECRETARY

Fred Thompson (Acting)
airforce.alburywodonga@gmail.com
(0432) 808 485

Membership Point of Contact

Grahame Carroll
airforce.alburywodonga@gmail.com
(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 First 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 (AGM), August 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: airforce.alburywodonga@gmail.com

The Albury Wodonga Branch Committee for 2023-24 is:

President: Grahame Carroll
Vice-presidents: David Pimm & Col Smith
Secretary: Fred Thompson
Treasurer: Margie Carroll
General Member: Tracy Sylvester
General Member: Sharon Walsh

Membership enquiries to: (1) airforce.alburywodonga@gmail.com 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)

Bomber Command Branch

PRESIDENT

Dr Ron Houghton DFC Ld'H
ronaldhoughton@bigpond.com
02 9954 7000

SECRETARY

Mrs Annette Guterres
annetteguterres@gmail.com
02 9743 5794

Membership Point of Contact

Annette Guterres
annette.guterres@gmail.com
0412759912

Branch Address

Bomber Command Association in Australia Inc
PO Box 325 Concord 2137

Annual Fees

$20 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

Central Branch

Civil Air Crew Vietnam Branch

PRESIDENT

George Nelson
kba38556@bigpond.net.au
(02) 9517 1314

SECRETARY

Peter McCabe

(02) 9607 2167

Membership Point of Contact

George Nelson
kba38556@bigpond.net.au
(02) 9517 1314

Branch Address

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

Coffs Harbour & District* Branch

PRESIDENT

Peter Bennetts
peter.bennetts@westnet.com.au
02 6655 5001

SECRETARY

Jennifer Kelloway
jenny.kelloway@bigpond.com
0412 665 632

Membership Point of Contact

Peter Bennetts
peter.bennetts@westnet.com.au
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
jggprivate@gmail.com
0449 595 511

SECRETARY

Mrs Bernice Wright
wrightbmw@gmail.com
0438 264 174

Membership Point of Contact

Mrs Bernice Wright
wrightbmw@gmail.com
0438 264 174

Branch Address

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

Annual Fees

$30 per year

Fighter Squadrons

Fighter Squadrons Branch

PRESIDENT

Ron Haack
president@fsb.raafansw.org.au
0416 077 770

SECRETARY

Geoff Peterkin
honsec@fsb.raafansw.org.au
0406 186 926

Membership Point of Contact

Geoff Kubank
membership@fsb.raafansw.org.au
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 A.J Quaife AM

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 - 2022

Ron Haack                 2022-

Halifax Chapter

SECRETARY

Keith Campbell OAM

02 9489 3250

Liberator Chapter

Manly-Warringah* Chapter

Manning River Branch

PRESIDENT

John Smith

SECRETARY

Jacinta Bryan

Membership Point of Contact

Jacinta Bryan

National Service* Branch

PRESIDENT

Brian C. Morelli
presidentraafnationalservice@gmail.com
02 4330 0091

SECRETARY

Robert Dickey
robert@dickey.com.au
02 9553 0998

Membership Point of Contact

Robert Dickey
robert@dickey.com.au
02 9553 0998

Branch Address

Secretary RAAF National Service
PO Box 111 Penshurst 2222

Newcastle Branch

Membership Point of Contact

Memberships Member
membership@fsb.raafansw.org.au
0418 396 681

Branch Address

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

Orange Chapter

Pathfinder Branch

PRESIDENT

Ken Youdale DFC OAM

0408 219 920

SECRETARY

Jeff McClenaughan

02 9527 1048

Port Macquarie Chapter

RAAFA HARS Branch

PRESIDENT

Bob DeLaHunty
delahunty@bigpond.com
0433 941 306

SECRETARY

Douglas Haywood
doug34@bigpond.com
0431 704 991

Membership Point of Contact

Douglas Haywood
doug34@bigpond.com
0431 704 991

Branch Address

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

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. 

RADSCHOOL Branch

Rotary Wing* Branch

PRESIDENT

Bob Redman
rlredman@bigpond.com
04 18 570 768

SECRETARY

Steve Hartigan
stevehartigan@placidhills.com
0438 585 202

Membership Point of Contact

Steve Hartigan
stevehartigan@placidhills.com
0438 585 202

Branch Address

No 9 Sqn Association
PO Box 635 Gatton 4343

SEAAC Chapter

Social Groups Branch

St George* Branch

PRESIDENT

George Hurley OAM
gvhurley@optusnet.com.au
0404 600 852

SECRETARY

Elizabeth Wood
myassist@hotmail.com
0400 805 009

Membership Point of Contact

Paul Gregory
paulgregory@optusnet.com.au
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
peterwdowling@bigpond.com
0418281775

SECRETARY

Peter W Dowling RFD
peterwdowling@bigpond.com
0418 281 775

Membership Point of Contact

Peter W Dowling RFD
peterwdowling@bigpond.com
0418 281 775

Branch Address

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

Annual Fees

$30 per year

WAAAF Chapter

Wanderers

Wanderers Branch

PRESIDENT

Gordon Pert
gordon.pert@bigpond.com
0407 239 382

SECRETARY

Malcolm Baker
rekab62@bigpond.com
0435 653 630

Membership Point of Contact

Malcolm Baker
rekab62@bigpond.com
0435 653 630

Branch Address

Unit 11/40 Antill Street Queanbeyan 2620

Annual Fees

$35 per year

Branch Information

The Wanderers Branch will be holding their Annual General Meeting on the 23rd of May at the Tourist Hotel Queanbeyan. The AGM starts at 1800. All are welcome. For further information contact Mal Baker or go to https://www.wanderersbranch.net/