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.

“The History of Aerial Photography” History Group profiles available for download!

History Group member Gary Petts is writing a fascinating history of Aerial photography in 4 parts – from the earliest days of balloon observation through the wars to the present day.
Parts 1 & 2 (pre-history & WWI) were published in our last three newsletters, but we decided Part 3 (WWII) is too big for the newsletter so we have made it available on our website here: http://www.saam.org.au/…/aerial-photography-part-3-wwii/
Parts 1 & 2 are also available – just go to the ‘Pre WWII’ drop-down tab of the History Group page – http://www.saam.org.au/history/pre-world-war-ii/ to download.
We’ll let you know when Part 4 is ready!
Gary is well-qualified for the task, having served in the Army (RASvy), being trained as a topographical surveyor at the School of Military Survey, attending the RAAF School of Photography and serving with SAPOL’s Photographic Section.

October newsletter ready to download!!

This is a big pictorial issue – download it here or go to the newsletter tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne reports on new displays; Sean Zhang sent a story and photos of his visit to the Alice Springs aircraft storage facility and museum; Ivan Leatherland updates us on Anson restoration progress; Chris Doudy contributed a 6-page photo-retrospective on the Aero 145 restoration, Nigel Daw reported on the Anson Crash Memorial unveiling at Loxton earlier this month; and Gary Petts continues his lavishly illustrated Aerial Photography history. You’re going to enjoy this one!!

September newsletter ready to download!

Just click here to download our big September issue, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This is a big issue – 26 pages of interesting reading.

You can read in our President’s report how SAAM has provided “housing” for lemurs at Monarto Zoo; sadly, we have obituaries for two long-term and valued members, John Trussell and Ken Work; there are our usual restoration updates; an article on the Battle of Britain by GPCAPT Greg Weller to mark its 80th anniversary this year; and part 2 of Gary Petts’ history of Aerial Photography.

Enjoy!