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.
Just click the image at left to download, or go to the History Group drop-down tab above to browse through the many other profiles available.
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.
SAAM’s October newsletter is ready to download – just click on the front=page image at left or go to the Newsletters tab to browse this and previous issues.
October is a big issue with news of SAAM’s hosting of the AAMN Conference earlier this month, obituaries of two members sadly lost last month, restoration updates, another chapter of Langdon Badger’s flying reminisces, Captain Phil Hogg’s memories of VC10 flying in Africa, and Mike Milln’s profile of the 1969 UK-Australia air race. The 1969 race commemorated the 50th anniversary of Ross and Keith Smith’s Vimy flight in 1919, and the profile is particularly pertinent with the Centenary coming up next year.
It’s another big issue with news from the President about the Aero 145 recovery from Pallamana/Murray Bridge and upcoming events; an obituary of Honorary Member Colin Watt OAM, DFM, Chev. LH (Fr); restoration updates on the Fairey Battle, Sheppard, Anson and Orion; more memories from Langdon Badger – this time of the Aero 145 in service; an absorbing profile of SQNLDR Robert Bungey DFC; and a RAAF History article on the delivery of the Avon Sabre.
Sit back and enjoy!
Bungey survived flying obsolete Fairey Battles in France with 226 Sqn, then Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain with 145 Sqn, before leading 452 Sqn (Spitfires), the first Australian fighter unit formed in Britain – only to die tragically back in Adelaide in 1943.
Peter’s profile of Bungey tells the story while also providing a fascinating snapshot of 452 Sqn tactics.
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Our August Props & Mags is ready for download – just click on the front page image.
There’s lots of interesting reading: President David Byrne’s update on progress funding and carrying out the plethora of jobs going on around the Museum, the usual restoration updates, a snippet on WWII Pathfinder pilot David Leicester DFC & Bar who has just turned 95, all you ever wanted to know from the RAAF about badges versus crests (!), a retrospective on the huge project involved in the acquisition of DHC-4 Caribou A4-225 and a fascinating profile of Frank Briggs in WWI and thereafter. Enjoy!!
Chas Schaedel has written two new profiles in our Significant South Australian Aviators series: one under his “Brothers-in-Arms” theme on the Larkin brothers, and the other on Frank Briggs – largely forgotten but hugely significant.
You can download the profiles under the History Group/Pre WW II tab, or just click on the images – top for the Larkin brothers, bottom for Frank Briggs.