History Month 2021

For History Month 2021 SAAM held weekly talks on various RAAF aircraft at the museum. This went alongside the RAAF Centenary and four speakers over four weeks gave fantastic talks about aircraft which included:

  • Fairey Battle
  • Spitfire
  • Macchi Trainer
  • P-3C Orion

These talks were all recorded as podcasts and you can listen to them by going to the podcast page and selecting from a playlist the track you wish to hear. It’s that simple!

New History Group Profile Ready for Download!

We have added the profile for LT Alan D’Arcy Sutherland.  Find it here, or go to the History Group Tab, where you will find it under ‘Biographies’ and ‘Pre WWII.’  Alan Sutherland was one of 12 South Australian airmen who died serving in the AFC or RFC in the Great War, that were omitted from the South Australian State War Memorial.

100 years after  Alan Sutherland’s death, research by SAAM History Group Chairman Peter Ingman and former member, the late Chas Schaedel, and much lobbying by SAAM and the Air Force Association (SA), led to the adding of the names of the 12 airmen to the War Memorial. Family descendants of Alan Sutherland were present at the ceremony which took place on Sunday, 18 November, 2018.

In the image above, Alan Sutherland (left) is shown alongside renowned fellow South Australian aviator, Harry Butler, who was also from Minlaton, SA.

The names of all missing airmen can be found here.