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A call to arms.   During World War II thousands of Australians, most of them barely out of their teens, joined the Royal Australian Air Force in various capacities to defend the nation. Arthur Gately was one such young man who was thrown into the battles that raged over the South-West Pacific Islands.     Arthur Gately.

A duty done.   A summary of Operations of the Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War (1965-1972)     Fred Fairhead.

An Interesting Point.   A History of Military Aviation at Point Cook 1914 - 2014.   Steve Campbell-Wright.

A Navigator's tale.   Roy Shallcross enlisted in the RAAF in January 1942, volunteering for training as an Air Observer. He graduated at Nhill, with further training in Canada, Northern Ireland and Scotland and was finally transferred to No 512 Squadron, Transport Command.     Roy Shallcross.

Beaufighters over New Guinea.   Beaufighters Over New Guinea, No 30 Squadron, RAAF. 1942-1943.     George Turnbull Dick.

Dicing with Death.   During the six years of World War II, thousands of Australian airmen, most of them barely on the threshold of adulthood, went dicing with death as almost a daily duty.    Arthur Sandell.

 

Down to Earth.    David Evans’ 42-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force began during the closing stages of World War II, then saw him flying regularly to Japan in support of occupation forces. It took him to Germany during the Berlin Airlift and to Vietnam in command of the only bomber unit which the RAAF contributed to that conflict.     David Evans.

 

Dreadful lady over the Mekong Delta.   Dreadful Lady over the Mekong Delta looks at the men of No 2 Squadron and the operations they flew in the Vietnam War in their Canberra bombers. From April 1967, the squadron spent four years attacking enemy targets, many of them in the Mekong Delta region and contending with the politics, weather and ‘fog’ of war. The riverine operations supported by No 2 Squadron were but a small part of an Allied effort to disrupt the enemy’s movement of troops and supplies to locations in South Vietnam. It was, according to one commentator, ‘a kind of guerrilla warfare conducted in a navy environment’.     Bob Howe.
 

Ex-Lutwaffe.   Squadron Leader Frank Korbl (Retd) was born in Vienna, Austria. His colourful career included wartime service with the German Air Force and post-war employment with the British NAAFI in Germany and Austria. He migrated to Australia in 1956 and joined the RAAF in 1956, being commissioned into the Equipment Branch. He served at a number of RAAF units including No.9 (Helicopter) Squadron in Vietnam. He was awarded the MBE in 1977 for his services as Senior Barracks Officer at RAAF Richmond NSW.     Frank Korbl.

 

From Controversy to cutting edge.   The F-111 graced Australian skies since 1973. While its introduction into service was controversial, it quickly found its way into the hearts and minds of Australians, and none more so than the men and women of Boeing.

 

From the Ground up.   For 45 years, from 1948 until 1993, the RAAF conducted an apprentice training scheme to provide skilled tradesmen for its engineering and radio musterings. For such a technical service as the RAAF, apprentice training was a key element in providing a solid foundation for supporting and maintaining an increasingly complex range of aircraft and other equipment systems.     C.D. Coulthard-Clark.

From Waif to RAAF.  Ted Ilton's story of his RAAF career, of his rise from a raw Teleg recruit to Wing Commander.     Ted Ilton.

How not to run an Air Force.     This account of the higher command of the RAAF during the Second World War has been written by a military professional primarily for his fellow professionals so that they might see some of the mistakes that were made by their predecessors from times past.     Norman Ashworth.

Katakana Man.   The story of the most secret of all Allied Operations in World War II in the pacific.     A. Jack Brown.

McNamara VC, a Hero's dilemma.     In March 1917 aircraft of No.1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, carried out a bombing mission against a Turkish railway in Palestine. During the attack 23-year-old Lieutenant Frank McNamara, although himself badly wounded, landed to pick up a fellow pilot who had been downed near a force of enemy cavalry.     C.D. Coulthard-Clark.

Operation Pelican.     The RAAF in the Berlin airlift.     C.D. Coulthard-Clark.

RAAF College and Academy.    The early leaders of the RAAF chose to develop the institution for training the officers of this new force as a separate college rather than an annexe to either of the existing Service colleges. In particular they sought by this means to produce an esprit de corps in welding the components of the new force into a single entity. This history records the beginning of that College and the subsequent problems and assessments which accompanied its progress. (1947 - 1986)     R.E. Frost

Skylarks.   The lighter side of life in the RAAF in World War II.     Eric Brown.

Song of the Beauforts.   From the darkest days in 1941 to the last bombing raid of the war in the Pacific, Australian-made Beaufort bombers were taking the fight to the enemy. Over 700 of these aircraft were built, for reconnaissance, torpedo strike and bombing missions from bases in Australia and the South-West Pacific islands.   Colin M King.

Strategy and Red Ink.   A History of the RAAF Staff College 1949 - 1999. 

The Aerospace Centre, formerly the Air Power Studies Centre (APSC), was established by the Royal Australian Air Force at its Fairbaim Base in August 1989 at the direction of the then Chief of the Air Staff (now the Chief of Air Force).    Doug Hurst.

Tactical Aircraft.     Tactical Airlift - Caribou Operations:  The End of an Era.    Robert "Chuck" Connor.

The battle of the Bismarck Sea.   2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the Allied attack and destruction of the Japanese forces escorting the Lae Resupply Convoy on 3 March 1943. The Allied victory was so absolute, that eight transport ships and four escorting destroyers were sunk for the loss of only six Allied aircraft. Fifteen minutes - that’s all it took to strike a decisive blow in the Pacific War; however, to many Australians, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea is just one of the many battles fought over the course of the World War II. 

 

The Migrant Caper.  European migrant flights to Australia by Charter Operators 1947 - 1949.   Geoff Goodall.

The RAAF in the war in Vietnam.    The Proceedings of the 1998 RAAF History Conference.    John Mordike.

The RAAF Mirage Story.    The Marcel Dassault Mirage III came into service with the French Air Force in the late 1950's. Thirty years later variants still fly in France and places like Israel, South Africa and The Argentine; other countries seek refurbished aircraft. The Mirage has been distinguished in war service, claiming somewhere between 600 and 1 000 kills, perhaps more.     Wing Commander M. R. Susans

 

 

Two Air Forces.  Cunningham "Jock" Cassels joined the RAF in Edinburgh in September 1941, a few weeks after his 18th birthday. He was trained as a pilot and ended up in Egypt flying the Spitfire. After the war ended  he was posted to a Sunderland squadron and flew that aircraft from the base in Wales. He retired from the RAF in 1966 and still wanting to fly, joined the RAAF and was posted to 38 Sqn at Richmond, flying the Caribou. He did a tour of Vietnam with 35 Sqn and finally retired from the RAAF in January 1979.       Jock Cassels

 

Units of the RAAF (Operational Bases) (1921 - 1996)  Vol 1 of 10.  This volume contains detail on the operational bases of the RAAF and the World War II Operational Base Units which undertook a vital role in maintaining Allied aircraft operating from remote localities. It describes the activities of organisations which had not previously been recognised, including the Volunteer Air Observers Corps and RAAF Maritime Sections, Wireless Units and Signals Units. Operations in support of United Nations peacekeeping tasks are also included.

 

Units of the RAAF (Fighter Arm) (1921 - 1996)  Vol 2 of 10.  This volume traces the development of the fighter arm (operations undertaken included Army co-operation duties, interdiction, night fighting and bomber escort duties) and the heroism of the men who inspired a nation.

 

Units of the RAAF  Logistics Units (1921 - 1996)  Vol 6 of 10. This edition demonstrates the importance of efficient logistic support to the successful operation of the Air Force. It tells the story of those dedicated and professional airmen and airwomen who, sometimes under enemy fire, supplied the personal and operational necessities to enable the Air Force to meet its obligations both in war and in peace.

 

Units of the RAAF  Logistics Units (1921 - 1996)  Vol 9 of 10. This volume, Ancillary Units, is designed to acknowledge the role and functions of units which could not be categorised in one or other of the functional areas. They are of no less importance, and many units had, or have, a proud record of service. The inclusion of so many units which perform such different functions demonstrates, as no other volume in this collection, the breadth and variety of RAAF activity. The expertise of the Airfield Construction Squadrons was essential for flying units to advance in the Pacific; 201 Flight explored the (then) technological frontiers of aerial electronic surveillance; and the humanitarian efforts of medical staff are valued by all members of the RAAF.

 

Up and Away.     When John Jacobs enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force as a 22 year-old trainee pilot in 1950, the organisation was just emerging from a period of confusion and frustration. The RAAF's remarkable expansion and inspirational triumphs of the wartime years had been immediately followed by massive demobilisation and uncertainty, as from 1946 to 1949 the Air Force was officially placed on an 'Interim' footing while the government decided what kind of defence capability it would need in a vastly changed world.     John Jacobs.

 

Wallaby Airlines.   Have you ever woken from a deep sleep in strange surroundings, somewhat disorientated, wondering where you are and how you got there? You shake your head and look around, fixating on some piece of furniture which looks somehow unfamiliar, analysing the position of the bed with respect to doors and windows, trying to recall the picture you went to sleep with. This is a little bit how I felt on my first day in Vietnam, transported from family and a comfortable way of life into a controversial, confusing war.    Jeff Pedrina.

 

Wombats - 50 Years onIn 1948 the Royal Australian Air Force instituted an apprentice training scheme for 15 to 17 year-olds to provide skilled tradesmen who could keep the Service flying. During the 45 years that the scheme operated, around 6000 young Australians graduated into the engineering and radio trade groups after three years of training, followed by two years of on-the-job training at aircraft depots and squadrons, to meet this crucial need for ground support.    Mac Weller and Ken Stone.