Radschool Association Magazine - Vol 39
We heard from Austin McDonald, he says: “I am trying to find an old room mate who was a Radtech at 5 OTU in 1971 and then 2 OCU in 1972/3. His name is Brian Norris and he enlisted in Melbourne and was from the Dandenong area. He was my best man in Mar 73 and I last had contact with him in around 1983. If anyone knows him I would appreciate if you could let me know his whereabouts.”
If you know Brian’s current address please let us know and we’ll pass on the info to Austin
John Elliot is trying to contact Ray Arlott who John thinks was a Teleg and might have been discharged in 1967. I think he left Oz and was working in Thailand after that. John says he wants to verify a story that was the reason that he went to 2 Sqn in Vietnam. The story goes that Ray was walking from the barracks area to the comm centre one day when a Jeep pulled up with the C.O on board. The C.O then proceeded to get stuck into Ray due to his dress, etc etc ,and probably threw in "get a haircut" as well. Ray continued his way to the commcen via the orderly room and politely reminded them that he had not signed his 'B" paper to re-inlist and would appreciate his airfare out of Vietnam back to Australia + discharge, now!. Maybe it’s folk law, maybe not. If not, would anyone know the real reason why Ray only did 3 months at Phan Rang.
If you can help John, let us know and we’ll pass it on
Dave Mair or Dave Marr.
Vince Gullo got in touch, he says:- “Hi, I was wondering if you had any contact details of Dave Mair or Marr who was in exam flight Radschool 1989/1991? I think he now lives in Cardwell. Would love to catch up. Also any members of RADTECH Course 153 who can spare some pics as mine got "misplaced" during posting.”
John “Bones” Ellis and Cheryl Quinn.
Dennis Greig got in touch, he says, “Howdy, I’m trying to find out if anyone knows the whereabouts of two old friends of mine (well if they weren't old then, they probably are now !!) The first is John 'Bones' Ellis who graduated from 37RMT. He was then married to Sandra and from memory, they had two girls. Last time I say John he was at Amberley and that would have been around late 70's. The other person is Cheryl Quinn who was a COMMSOP at Frognall. I have heard she is supposed to be in the Amberley area, though I haven't seen her. Cheryl was on shift with me for a fair while whilst at Frognall. Would love to catch up with both of them.
We’ve been able to put Dennis in touch with Cheryl who is still fit and well but if you can help with “Bones”, let us know and we’ll pass the info on to Dennis.
Peter Shannon writes, “I served with a rad tech at Laverton during 1972 1973 repairing quad radars. His name is Ken Bryant and I would love to get in contact with him. He came from Bowen in QLD”
If you can help Peter , let us know and we’ll pass it on
We’re looking for Eddy Morris. Eddy was a framie and was with 35 Sqn from July 1969 to July 1970. We believe he lives in the West somewhere, and we hear he’s been a bit crook for a while. If anyone can help, please let us know.
Ian “Snow” White and Mick McKeon
Bruce (Slim) Hurrell writes: “A few of us are trying to track down a couple of old codgers - Ian (Snow) White from 18RMT and Mick McKeon who was at Radschool, but not a Radio Bod, in 1967/1969. Would love to hear from anyone knowing their whereabouts. Any help would be appreciated.
If you can help “Slim”, let us know and we’ll pass it on
Robert Edmund Dodd
Bob Redman is looking for at least two (2) blokes who served with Robert Dodd in Vietnam during the period 17/12/69 – 20/11/70. Rob was an eleco with 9 Sqn. This request is in relation to a DVA claim. If anyone can recall working with Robert please contact Bob Redman on the following: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 0418 570768
We received the following from a K Albright who is a veteran USAF sgt. He says, we were sent to Ubon from Korat in December 1968 till February 1969 while our flight line was being repaired. We were billeted in the barracks that had been vacated by the Australian forces. These quarters were located on the base perimeter right next to the fencing and it has been determined that Agent Orange was used on the perimeters of the Thailand bases and the US Veterans Administration makes us prove we were on the perimeter. I am looking for maps and pictures of the "Aussie" area at Ubon to help my appeal. Can anyone help?
If you can, contact KC direct on email@example.com
Gungahlin Transmitting Station
Garry Eldridge got in touch, he says: Hello, I'd like to get in touch with the colleagues that I worked with at the Gungahlin Transmitting Station, Canberra, during the mid-70s. I know some of the people there have passed away but I'd like to contact the living before they also leave us. All members of the Station were either RADTECHG’s or TELSTECH’s.
If you can help, let us know and we’ll pass on the info to Garry.
Doug Barthelson maintains a very comprehensive collection of course photos and is trying to find some he is missing. If you have any photos of the following courses or people from those course, please send them to us and we’ll forward them on. The courses he is looking for are:
TELEG 44, 50, 51, 55, 58 99, 101, 102, 104
TPRINOP 2, 4, 8, 21, 46, 47, 49
TELSOP 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54
COMMSOP 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 2/85, 3/85, 5/85, 2/86, 4/86, 2/87, 3/87, 4/87, 1/88, 3/88, 4/88, 1/90, 4/91 and 1/93
COMMSUPADMIN 1, 2, 3, 4
AOCS 2/85, 2/89, 1/92, 1/94
TPHONEOP 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 37, 38, 2/84, 2/86, 2/87
And “CUSTODIAN” anything before 1988, 1/89, 1/95
Ross Martin is looking for a copy of the photo of 812 RTC which was at Edinburgh from June 1966. If anyone can help please send it to us and we'll forward it on.