photo above was sent to us by Ted McEvoy, and was taken at Laverton
on the 23 August, 1961. It’s a photo of the Apprentice Squadron
Rugby Union Colts team which used to play in the Melbourne
competition.. Unfortunately, Ted can’t remember all the names, but
perhaps you can help fill in the blanks. Appy number after each
name. They are L-R.
Back Row: Doug Kidd (14), Glen Gould (15), Alf Smith (13 and
14), Laurie Lindsay (14), Mick Deecke (14), Phil Holden(14), Doug
Steir??(15), —- —–(15)
Front row: — —Kiwi (15), Ted McEvoy (14), Chris Eldridge (14
and 15), Ian Guthrie-Kiwi (14), — —(15), — —(15)
Ron Johnston, ex Army medico, now living in the UK, writes of
his time in Ubon in 1963. He says,
28th Commonwealth Brigade were flown in from Malaya and the 16th
Commonwealth Field Ambulance set up their Advanced Dressing Station
on the Ubon airfield. The Ozzi medics found the "Blue Lagoon" a
favourite watering hole and one night the cyclo driver just couldn't
pedal fast enough to beat curfew. L/CPL Ron Johnston was on the mat
next morning. When it came to hearing the charge, the OC, Ron Ruck,
got to the point of saying, "Johnston, will you accept my
punishment, or do you want to go before the CO?" At that point there
was a deafening roar from the airfield as a jet took off. "Case
adjourned - march out.", shouted the OC above the roar.
we got to this stage of proceedings on five or six other occasions,
each time yours was saved by the RAAF, but eventually the OC cracked
and awarded me a reprimand. It must have done some good (what do
they say—as long as they spell your name right!!) because seven
years later I was recommended for a commission while serving with
1st Aust Field Hospital at Vung Tau, and went on to become a
Captain. The incident at Ubon always reminded me that sometimes
minor irritations in military discipline affected the judge more
than the guilty person.
We received the
following via email and we were asked to include it in our
newsletter. So here it is.
To All who have served
in Washington DC.
The US Foreign Joint
Services NCO Association (FJSNA) is still going strong today and
they will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a Spring Ball
on the 7th April 2001. The ball will be held in the Koran Room of
the Fort Myer Officers Club in Arlington VA.
The US Secretary of
Defence, Mr Cohen, has been asked to be the guest speaker and all
indications are that he will accept the invitation. The organisers
are trying to have as many ex members of the FJSNA as possible
attend this anniversary ball and there are still a few of the
original founding members in Oz.
If you are thinking of
attending or require further information, please contact Dany
Schinzel (WO French Army) PDschinzel@aol.com or you can contact Kev
Kochy on Ph: (02) 6254 5932.
recent Defence White Paper (which can be viewed in full at
new light tactical airlift capability (LTAC) will be sought to
replace the Caribou from 2010 and a life of type extension program
will be conducted to keep the Caribou flying until a replacement is
Caribou was first delivered to the RAAF back in March 1964, and
between then and May 1971, a total of 29 aircraft were delivered,
and if they last through to 2010 as planned, the type will have been
in continuous service for 46 years. That’s equivalent to the Army
still using FJ Holdens as staff cars. The old Caribou has been
painted just about every colour there is, has carried just about
everything, has been just about everywhere, and there’s not much it
hasn’t done, and by the time it’s had its final after-flight this
old piston-engined relic will have outlasted a bunch of much other
more sophisticated aircraft.
US Army Caribou. A lot
of the Yankee versions had weather radar which completely changed
the “look” of the aeroplane. In Vietnam, at Christmas time, the
Yanks would deck out one aircraft by painting the nose section white
and the radome a bright red. This aircraft, filled with heaps of
toys, then became “Santa’s sleigh” and made a lot of little
Vietnamese kids very happy.
those interested in the tech bits, the Caribou is powered by two
Pratt and Whitney 18 cylinder radials, each developing 2,000
horse-power. It is 22.5 metres long, 9.6 metres high (seems higher
when you’re up there in a swaying basket attached to a fork lift
trying to fix an HF antenna), and has a wing span of 29 metres. All
up weight is 12,900 kg, with a payload of 3,180 kg and can carry a
total of 100 empty 44 gal drums if you really cram them in—a record
set by Stew Bonnett back in 1968/69 at either Pink Lilly or was it
the years an awful lot of blokes have either flown them, flown in
them, or worked on them, and all remember the old girl with fond
memories. It must have been a fantastic aeroplane back in 1964
because it’s still pretty good today.
you’re interested, Darren Crick maintains a web site http://www.derwood.com/adf/3a4.htm
which lists all 29 aircraft, and sets out when they were delivered,
what’s happened to them since, and also where they are now.
wish I was a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum.
how can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum. Ted
A4-208 was taken delivery of by the RAAF in Nov 1964, and while
being ferried out to Australia was instead diverted to Vietnam. In
January, 1969, while on the ground at Katum, a US Special Forces
camp near the Cambodian border, it was hit by shrapnel from 3 mortar
rounds which exploded a short distance from the aircraft. Pilot at
the time was “Tommy” Thompson with “Rocky” McGregor in the right
hand seat, and Barry Gracie down the back. With both pilots injured,
the hydraulics damaged, tyres flat, flaps and brakes not working,
the aircraft was quickly unloaded and flown back to Bien Hoa. Photo
above was taken in October 2000 and shows it in a paddock next to
the Oakey Army base in Queensland (near Toowoomba) where it has been
used as a training aid.
are plans to take the aircraft into Moreton Bay, courtesy of Chinook
Airlines and sink it on the Curtin artificial reef where it will
become a home for fish and a haven for scuba divers. It is currently
being “environmentally” cleaned and stripped of all snags to
facilitate free movement inside while in the water. It was
interesting to see those wielding the hack saws, chisels and damn
big hammers at Oakey getting the aircraft ready for its last flight
included “Pud” Passmore and “Frosty” Williams, both ex WO’s.
of the few Caribous on the civilian register.
one was operated by Ansett Airlines in Papua New Guinea and is shown
here at Chimbu airport in the Wahgi valley, not far from Goroka, in