Mike Milln of the Museum’s History Group has produced a profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC & Bar OAM. This extraordinary man, still alive and well with his wife in Adelaide, completed a tour of 30 Ops over Germany and France with 158 and 640 Sqns RAF, then volunteered for a 31st when squadrons were called on to make ‘maximum effort’ to field aircraft for the infamous Nuremberg raid in March 1944.
During that time he was promoted from Flight Sergeant to Squadron Leader to become the youngest squadron leader and Flight Commander of all the allied air forces.
He didn’t stop there, as he could have done. He volunteered for the 8 Group Pathfinder Force and completed an incredible further 37 missions with 35 Sqn. This really is an amazing story. You can download his story by clicking on the image at left.
SAAM History Group member Mike Milln has just published Book 2 of his Royal Aero Club of South Australia history. (Book 1, covering the 1926-1941 period, was published in 2011.)
Book 2 covers the 40 postwar years until the Club’s failure. This is a warts-and-all story that is sad in some parts and funny in others. But it’s much more than just an aero club history – it also describes the context within which the club operated – the national aero clubs movement and the changing postwar aviation policy and regulatory environments that spelled its downfall. It is a must read for anybody connected with the club and/or interested in the part the aero club movement played in Australia’s aviation development.
You can buy the book at SAAM, at Dymocks and Adelaide Booksellers in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, and/or on-line at:
192 images – 33 in colour
Full index, bibliography & 9 appendices.
You can download the March newsletter by clicking on the front page image at left. This month Chas Schaedel has profiled WWI aviators the McCloughry/McClaughry brothers, Langdon Badger tells of his exploits up in the islands, the Anson receives its first bit of test top-coat, Reg Marratt profiles another of the “Battlers” working on the Fairey Battle restoration, president David Byrne brings you up to date on the Orion and our immediate strategic priorities… and more…
Chas Schaedel has written a new profile of the South Australian McCloughry brothers-in-arms, Wilfred and Edgar, who served together with No 4 AFC in France, were highly decorated and went on to achieve high rank in the postwar RAF. Chas has said “When the question is asked ‘name two South Australian brothers who played a significant part in aviation history around the period of the Great War’ the answer is usually Ross and Keith Smith and rightly so. But there are other SA-born siblings who achieved distinction during and after the conflict, such as the McCloughry brothers…” Hopefully this profile will become one of a series and Chas will produce more fascinating histories of SA brothers-in-arms in the Great War.
This one is ready for download under the History Group tab, or just click on the photo of Wilfred MccLoughry at left!
Chas was also largely responsible for writing the History Group’s ANZAC Centenary project book “South Australian Airmen of the Great War”. That is also on our website or, of you like a book in your hands, you can pick one up at the Museum for $10. If you can claim one of the airmen listed as a relative we will give you a book for free!
The President provides an update on where we are with the new hangar fit-out and the Orion reassembly, there are a couple of interesting stories about maritime searches Edinburgh-based Orions have participated in, a profile on Vickers Viscounts in Australian service and the usual restoration updates. Read on!
History Group member Dean Robinson has written another Significant Aircraft Profile, which is now available for download. In this profile Dean tells the fascinating story of the Vickers Viscount in Australian service, and he has illustrated it with some great photos.
Just click on the image or go the History Group tab. Enjoy!