This month the President brings you up to date on SAAM’s big events, headlined by our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural project sponsored by the RAAF Association SA Division; there’s other Epic Flight Centenary articles about the opening of the Vimy Memorial in April 1958 and a reminder about SAAM’s Epic Flight presentations during the History Festival next month; RAAF History contributes an interesting article about the hiccup 50 years ago with Australia’s P-3B deliveries; The Australian Air League Port Adelaide tell about their Avalon adventure; there’s a profile of 95-year old member Jimmy Pink who celebrated his birthday this week; and member Chris Doudy writes about his father’s restoration of Auster VH-SEB and his flight down from Singapore.
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This month president David Byrne summarises SAAM’s contributions to the Epic Flight Centenary celebrations; we say goodbye to Honorary Member Chas Schaedel; Mike Milln puts in a plug for his presentations on the Epic Flight during History Month in May; Langdon Badger has more memories about Edinburgh Air Shows; David Leicester DFC & Bar, OAM, Legion d’Honneur (Fr) comes to visit; RAAF History tells us about the capture of Jericho and TAP-3B Orions in the RAAF fleet; Nigel Daw contributes a profile of Lawrence Matulich; and more!
Once again we have to bid farewell to a long-term member, this time Errol Hepworth; the President gives an update on our events and priorities over the next few months; there are the usual restoration updates; RAAF History contributes a history of RAAF Edinburgh to mark its establishment in January 1955, there’s a piece about Streaky Bay-born Lancaster pilot Clarrie Gardner; and History Group member and WWI expert Chas Schaedel contributes another profile in his “Brothers-in-Arms” series on The Smith and Larkin brothers.
Chas is battling severe emphysema and is very unwell, so please join us in wishing him well.
Our January newsletter is a big one – the president lays out the year ahead; we say goodbye to Dick Wright, whom we lost just before Christmas; Ron Fuller extols the operating characteristics of the Aero 145; Robert Zweck continues his pictorial history of his early flying days; Dean Robinson profiles 10Sqns’s war service… and more!
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History Group member Dean Robinson has been researching and writing profiles of the most significant aircraft in Australia’s airline fleets. This time he has diverged from that path and written the story of 10Sqn RAAF in WWII. It makes good holiday reading – just click on the link above to download, or go the the History Group tab to browse the index of other profiles. Enjoy!
It has been a busy month for SAAM with two squadron dinners, the Orion official handover ceremony, our members’ Christmas party and more … all reported in this issue with copious photos… plus interesting RAAF History articles, part 1 of Robert Zweck’s Connair experiences and Nigel Daw’s profile of F.27s in Airlines of SA service. Just click http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/PM-Dec18.pdf to download, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.
History Group member Nigel Daw has written a detailed chronicle of the F.27’s service with Airlines of South Australia.
The profile includes 22 historic photographs, fleet and routes tables and three complete representative timetables.
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It’s a big issue this month – starting with a great front page photo by Matt Welsby of the Mirage unloading, news of our Armistice Centenary activity and a quick summary of the year’s major achievements. There are also articles from RAAF History about Caribou deployments to PNG including our A4-225; Ko’s cartoon about the downing of our Fokker DR1 replica; Robert Zweck’s story about his Pearl Harbor Museum visit; Langdon Badger’s last ramble through his flying reminisces; and a continuation of Chas Schaedel’s fine “Brothers-in-Arms” series about sibling airmen of the Great War.
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SOUTH PACIFIC AIR WAR
Volume 2: The Struggle for Moresby March – April 1942
Michael Claringbould & Peter Ingman; softcover; 250 x 176mm; 232 pages; full colour throughout, fully illustrated; 2018. ISBN: 978-0-9945889-7-5 RRP $44.95
This second volume chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific for the two crucial months of March and April 1942 when a deadly struggle for Port Moresby played out. It can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.
The period begins with the stunning 10 March US Navy carrier strike against Lae and Salamaua, which caused the Japanese to pause their advance until their own carriers were available. Instead, they tried to grind the Allied forces at Port Moresby into submission through an unrelenting air assault by their Betty bombers and superlative Zero fighters.
After a long wait, Allied land-based fighters finally arrived in the form of Royal Australian Air Force No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawks. These were backed up by a growing collection of United States Army Air Force bombers, including A-24 Banshees, B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-25 Mitchells and B-26 Marauders (the latter two types making their worldwide combat debut over the skies of New Guinea).
Together, this motley force took the fight to the Japanese, resulting in a complex aerial campaign that saw units from both sides reach exhaustion. Never before has such a detailed chronicle of this air war been published, and for the first time the authors match Allied accounts with Japanese records. The result is both thrilling and surprising, with the resulting dispositions of the air forces of both sides setting the scene for the Battle of the Coral Sea in May.
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Three new profiles are available for download – just click on the images at left or go to the History Group tab to browse other profiles.
Mike Milln’s profile of the 1969 UK-Australia Air Race commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1919 race won by Ross and Keith Smith in Vickers Vimy G-EAOU, is derived from chapter 35 of his book “Wing Tips, The Story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2 – 1941-1986”. If the profile interests you in obtaining the book, you can do so at SAAM or through www.mikemillnbooks.com.
Chris Doudy has written a fascinating profile of his father’s company Commodore Aviation’s experience with the Aero 145, one of which – VH-WWC and later re-registered as VH-ZCL – is now at SAAM awaiting reassembly.
Chas Schaedel has continued his “Brother-in-Arms” series of profiles of siblings serving as airmen in the Great War with this new profile of Peterborough boys Charles and Laurence Matulich.