RAAF Radschool Association


Vol 45

March, 2014




ABN 18 477 110 847


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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.


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Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Judie Pick.


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How safe is your browser? Is your anti-virus program a resource pig and how good are those free tune up programs?


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Kev Rosser started this, is it still going? and Terese Vaughan went to the mainland, didn’t like it so went back to Hobbit Town.


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Ted has the latest pension rates, a story on Russia’s new fighter aircraft and says Butterworth’s days are numbered.


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John Griffiths tells us about his exciting and very satisfying career in the RAAF.


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Fernberg House has been Queensland’s Government House since 1911, and what a magnificent house it is.


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At last, the truth behind Rudolph the red nose reindeer and Ledgerwood (Tas) remembers their fallen.


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Air Cdr Dave Pietsch, with a little help from his friends, put on a magnificent Air Show at Point Cook 1-2 March.


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DVA release a free App to monitor your drinking and at last, a worthwhile survey has revealed that SEX is good for you!!


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The DVA Qld had their Christmas get together and Kedron Wavell RSL Sub-Branch played Santa.


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What the devil is retirement?? And just who was Bruce Carr??


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Have we allowed the Gallipoli debacle to hide the real heroics from WW I. The HMAS Sydney II memorial at Geraldton is a must see.


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HMAS Stirling, south of Perth, is the RAN’s largest base.


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The Diamantina is a WW II frigate that is “on blocks” in Brisbane and open for inspection. Well worth a visit.

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A few blokes haven’t been as well as they could be.


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We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help??


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This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.


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Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.


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The Index is now finished - all references have been linked so if you're looking for a topic or a photo of someone, click on the Index link on the top of each page and just follow the links.






If you agree or disagree with anything in this Magazine - please let us know.

Click on "Contact Us" at the top of any page and have your say.



Course Photos.


We intend to eventually have copies of as many RAAF courses (with names) as it is possible to obtain. When finished you will be able to search by course name and/or personal name and if your course is there, get a copy. Availability is the big problem, some photos are easy to get others we have to travel to copy but over the coming months we intend to do so. We now have most of the WRAAF course photos and names and will get them up soon. You can check what we have by going to the www.Radschool.org.au site then click “Course Photos”. If you see any errors let us know or if we're missing any names and you can provide them - please do.


Over time the list we've started will be expanded, we hope to be able to include courses that were held at Wagga, Frogers, Pt Cook, Sale etc.






Most (but not all) of the photos on our pages have been ‘crunched’ to make them open faster. If you want a copy of any in their original condition just email us, use the “Contact Us” link at the top of page, tell us which one you want (Vol and page #) and if we have a better copy we’ll email it back to you.


This edition contains a lot of photos and if your internet connection is not all that fast you will find some pages will take a while to load. If this is the case, it is best if you just open the page and wait a little while until it fully downloads before trying to navigate through it.






Recently the DVA, through their generous grants scheme, gave us a grant to enable us to buy some new camera equipment. Up to now we have been using our trusty little Casio “point and shoot” camera, but with the grant money we were able to buy the latest DSLR Canon camera body with a Tamron 18 – 270mm lens and Canon 600EX-RT Flash unit. We’ve also bought a carry case, tripod and did a course on how to drive it all.


No excuses now.







Please check the list of names and if you’ve joined but your name isn't there, please click on the "Join the Association" tag (there's one on the top of each page) fill in the details again and send it to us. If you’re not a member and would like to be, do likewise. Membership is FREE!


Also, if you change your address, or phone numbers or email address, or you just want to say hello, or you want to give us a tongue lashing, you can do so by clicking on the "Contact Us" tag, also at the top of each page and filling in the details. It's so easy even an instrument fitter could do it, it's all done on line, no printing out forms and no postage.


Over the past couple of months we have been able to put a bunch of people in contact with long lost mates - but that's only because we have your details. Please click on the Join the Association tag and fill it in, the more people that join the more we can match up.


If you just want to get the RAM, but don’t want to join the association, that’s not a problem either. Just click on the “Contact Us” link at the top of each page and fill in the details and tell us to add your email to the list. Then whenever a new edition is released you will be advised.


We don't and won't give out your details to anyone so there is no risk of you being spammed.







If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know (well in advance if possible) and we'll see what can be done.





Our aim is to have this site error free – but that’s probably impossible. But with your help I reckon we can get pretty close. If you see any errors, be they punctuation, spelling, links that don’t work, facts wrong etc, (no matter how small) please let us know so we can fix them.




You can download the full magazine in PDF format HERE.

It is a very large file, contains 224 pages and will take a while to download.

The margins have been set so you can print on both sides of the page.






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