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.

Wings on Wednesday for the Aero 145!

A group of SAAM volunteers led by project leader Chris Doudy attached the wings to Aero 145 VH-ZCL in Hangar 1 today, 3rd February 2021.
ZCL flew as VH-WWC with Chris’s father’s Commodore Airlines on tuna spotting and lighthouse supply out of Port Lincoln in the 60s/70s, and it was a labour of love for Chris to lead the restoration/reassembly of the aircraft after its donation to SAAM in by the Charlie Zulu Lima Trust in 2018. SAAM volunteers recovered the disassembled aircraft from Pallamana on 1st September 2018. Well done Chris and all the volunteers who participated!
The restoration is now substantially complete with only minor works remaining, and can be viewed in Hangar 1 beneath the Dakota’s starboard wing.

New SAAM entry prices…

Effective from 1st February 2021, SAAM visitor entry prices will increase marginally to the pre-COVID levels. We do our best to keep prices low, and they will remain the lowest of the Port museums but, as a self-funded volunteer organisation, we must ensure we can continue to cover our costs.

The new prices are

Adults $12

Concession card holders $9

Children 5-15yrs $6 (Children under 5 free)

Families (2 adults & up to 3 children) $30

We are open every day 10:30am-4:30pm except Christmas Day, when we close.

The display hangars are evaporatively cooled and other areas of the Museum are fully air conditioned.

John Roberts talks about the Bullimore rescue!

SAAM FB Grab – Tony Bullimore from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

SAAM sponsor David Hales has filmed a number of 5 minute video  “grabs” of members talking about some of the projects going at at SAAM – or are presently in abeyance during our COVID-19 closure.

This one is of John Roberts explaining about our new maritime rescue display, which features Orion A9-756 and a diorama of HMAS Adelaide and the Tony Bullimore rescue in the Southern Ocean. John apologises for referring to HMAS Adelaide as “HMS” throughout, and blames a reversion to his English heritage under the pressure of filming!

You can also go to our Media Gallery tab on the home page to browse other videos.

Video – “A Fiery Exit” added to our Media Gallery!

This short video was filmed by Huni Melissa Bolliger for the NT Dept of Tourism, Sports and Culture and the NT Major Events Company in December 2018 at SAAM. It tells the story of FLTSGT Colin Duncan’s bail-out of his on-fire Spitfire A58-2 during an attack on Darwin on 30 June 1943.

Ms Bolliger filmed actor pilot Bill Allert in the Badger family’s Mk Vc Spitfire UP-O EE853 (A58-146) on display at SAAM. You can play the video from the image below, or go to our Media Gallery page to view other videos here.

You can also download Langdon Badger’s story of the recovery and restoration of UP-O here.

Another History Group profile to download!

Peter Ingman, chairman of SAAM’s History Group, has written a number of profiles of the South Australian WWII Empire Air Training Scheme bases, including Port Pirie, Mt Gambier, Parafield, Mallala and now Gawler.

You can download his new profile of the History of RAAF Gawler 1941-1946 here.

Or just go to the History Group tab down arrow to World War II and browse the other profiles too.