NEW! Profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC and Bar OAM available for download

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.

New! Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1946

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:
www.mikemillnbooks.com
www.avonmorebooks.com.au
Price $45
B5 softcover
465 pages
192 images – 33 in colour
Full index, bibliography & 9 appendices.

March Newsletter ready for download!

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…

New Profile on-line: “South Australian Brothers-in-Arms: Wilfred & Edgar McCloughry”

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!

Our January newsletter is ready for download!

Our first newsletter of the New Year is ready to download – just click on the image or go to the Newsletters tab.

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!

December Newsletter ready for download!

Our Christmas newsletter is ready for downloading – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab. It’s a bigger file than usual, so please be patient if it’s a little slow downloading.

There’s Orion and Christmas Party news from the President; an obituary for Cdr David “Shorty” Hamilton RN, our Honorary Member and generous donor who sadly left us last month; an article on the aviation trophies in SAAM’s collection; and lots of other interesting stories.

 

Another History Group Profile added!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigel Daw of our History Group has followed his previous profile of Airlines of SA’s DC-3 operations with a new one about the Convair 440 operations 1960-72. The story includes his personal recollections of flights on the aircraft and photographs from his collection.

To download the profile just click on the image or got to the History Group tab on the Home Page and browse the many interesting profiles posted there.

History Group Profile “RAAF at Mt Gambier 1937-47” now available for downloading!

SAAM’s History Group Chairman, Peter Ingman’s profile of the RAAF at Mt Gambier 1937-1947 is available for download – just click on the image below. Peter tells the story of the RAAF’s early interest in Mt Gambier Airport immediately pre-WWII leading to its development as 2AOS – No. 2 Air Observers School – under the Empire Air Training Scheme. This is the second in a series of profiles Peter is writing about South Australia’s contribution to the EATS. He has also written the history of 2BAGS –  No. 2 Bombing & Gunnery School –  in Port Pirie, which is also under the History Group tab/World War II. Have a browse – there’s lots of good reading there!