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SITREP

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The Air Force Association New South Wales Division Newsletter, SITREP issue 4 is available for download by using the link 'Click Here to View the Document".

This is the fourth edition of SITREP, News and Views from the association members. The first issue being published in November last year.

The Association is very appreciative of the volunteer time and effort freely by Ian Gibson, Secretary of the Radar Air Defence Branch and editor of SITREP for producing four issues in the past twelve months. Association secretary Peter Ring promoted the idea that we needed to have a member's association newsletter, Ian's offer to volunteer and assist in the editorial role, being quickly accepted.

Our thanks to Ian and Peter for providing the Association members and the reading public visiting the website with the SITREP newsletter.

For the non-military educated readers, SITREP is a military term used for Situation Report.

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Issue 3 of SITREP. the Air Force Association NSW Division News and Views is here for your enjoyment.

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SITREP will be published on this website quarterly. Memories, articles and photos old and new are required for the next and future editions.

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The second issue of SITREP. the Air Force Association NSW Division News and Views is here for your enjoyment.

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SITREP will be published on this website quarterly. Memories, articles and photos old and new are required for the next and future editions.

Email your items to Peter Ring at [email protected]

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The first issue of SITREP. the Air Force Association NSW Division News and Views is here for your enjoyment.

Click on the link for your PDF copy.

SITREP will be published on this website quarterly. Memories, articles and photos old and new are required for the next and future editions.

Email your items to Peter Ring at [email protected]

Warries and Stories

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Service Tales and Other Stories

Written by John Clarkson

 

John Clarkson was born at Wynnum, a bay side suburb of Brisbane in July 1944, the only child to Aubrey and Doris Clarkson.  During his school years, he did not excel at academic subjects, but he did quite well at things mechanical.  Following the death of his father in April 1959, John was looking at an uncertain future, until a family friend suggested an apprenticeship in the RAAF.

John enlisted in the RAAF as an engineering apprentice in January 1960. Following his graduation in December 1962, John saw service as an Armourer until October 1984, gaining experience on at least eight different types of aircraft and on at least five different types of units.  His service included postings to Butterworth (Malaysia), Ubon (Thailand), Vung Tau (South Vietnam), and several overseas operational defence exercises.

Following his departure from the RAAF at Amberley, Queensland, John was employed in a number of different vocations in Brisbane until he was accepted as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Qantas Airways Limited in August 1988, which resulted in a move to Sydney for him and his family.

For the next fifteen years in Qantas, John was employed in Component workshops, then in Aircraft Maintenance Planning, and finally in the area of Technical Support within the Flight Operations Department until his retirement in September 2003.

During his latter years in the workforce, John was to discover that very few Armourers had the variety of experience as he had seen, so he was challenged by a number of his RAAF peers to write of his experiences of over forty years of service in the aviation industry.

John now lives in retirement with his wife, Margaret, in an outer northern suburb of Brisbane.  They enjoy their retirement, and in particular, travelling with their caravan.  John and Margaret have two married daughters and a son.

 

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A NURSE'S MEMOIR OF RAAF MEDICAL EVACUATION AIRLIFTS IN WW2

FLYING SISTER  JOAN LOUTIT  RAAF WWII  (500548)--VALE 11 Sep 2018

 

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‘WINGING-IT’ WITH THE DELTAS

 

RAAF Jubilees

 

With the RAAF’s centenary not too far away it behoves me to chronicle my part in its

Golden Jubilee nearly 50 years ago, while some readers may still recall the events.

 

Alf Allen and vetted by Jack Smith and Bruce Grayson,

 

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As It Happened: An Aircrew Experience by Fred Barnes AO DFC AFC

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DustOff -  Lloyd Knight

Vietnam Chopper Reflection

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Historical Anecdotes

77 Squadron RAAF In Korea 1950-1953

Writtten by Col King

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The 1954 Around Australia REDEX Relabiltiy Trial contributed by Peter Marosszeky

Losing a Wingman - the Price we Pay by Maurie Baston as published in Air Facts 2 Nov 15

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"Through Korean Skies" written by Col King a Korean war veteran.

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WW 2 Dambusters Raid contributed by Peter Stevens

Click here to view the Bill Hamilton War Diaries document

The Bill Hamilton war diaries provide a very interesting read and insight to conditions of the South West Pacific war theatre during Bill's time there. Published here with permission of his son Lester Hamilton.

Bill was discharged from the RAAF on compassionate grounds whilst posted to 11 Squadron (Catalinas) at Rathmines, he resumed employment at the Railway Commissioner’s Blue Metal Quarry at Bombo, NSW; having gained RAAF 2E fitter qualifications he was able to take a job as Diesel Fitter / Lorry Driver until retirement in 1968. Quite a few Kiama service organisations benefited from Bill’s volunteer work as an office bearer, such as the Rugby League club, RSL and Scouts, and he always made the effort to attend the Anzac March in Sydney, although his overseas service had a significant effect on his overall health. Bill died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on the 21st April, 1972.

Bill's son Lester is keen to hear from others who served as RAAF crew on PT Boats, or of any published works covering their service.

To contact Lester use the Contact Us form on this website and we will forward your details to Lester.

Reflection of K Block, Support Command ……by Lorraine Folkes

II would like to share one of the happy times one of many that I had whilst working for the RAAF.  My husband was in the RAN and he was posted to HMAS Cerebus in the early 70's, as I was working at 2SD I applied and was fortunate to receive a transfer to RAAF Support Command at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne.

Well I fitted in straight away it was a great place to work and we worked in a little old weatherboard building called "K" Block.  Our immediate bosses were a Squadron Leader and a Flt Lt, both very nice.  Well this particular summer we were getting very very hot weather (not that it bothered the rest of us).  Any way this day the Flt Lt was complaining bitterly about the heat, he came to my desk and said "Lorraine I will be back shortly".  Upon his return he went straight to his office and approximately half an hour later called me into his office.  "Come in Lorraine come in" "isn't this wonderful" Well I was quite surprised as in the window was a beautiful air conditioner and the Flt Lt was in his glory.  "Feel how beautiful and cool it is in here now Lorraine" I replied "Sir did you go into the city and buy it", "Oh no he replied I went to the RAAF stores and requisitioned it"

Well the next day suddenly the workman turned up and out of the window came the air conditioner the workman were escorted by a Group Captain who in no uncertain terms told the poor Flt Lt he didn't care how hot he felt he was not having the air conditioner as not even the Air Vice Marshall had one, though needless to say the Air Vice Marshall did not work in K block.

I thought I would share this as it still makes me laugh when I think of the poor Flt Lt and his lovely air conditioner. 

Lorraine Folkes