Vol 66

July 2019

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


See Page 2.

Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Adele Murray and we have lots of old time pics.


See Page 3.

  • How to open 2 windows on the 1 screen

  • Useful Windows commands.

  • Getting the most out of Word.

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  • Remembering Long Tan

  • History of the VC

  • Various course photos.

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  • How to compare electricity costs.

  • You and your DVA pension.

  • The Airbus Beluga.

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  • Cath Wallis tell us about her wonderful career (so far) in the Air Force.

  • 35 Sqn, then and now.

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  • Peter Griffiths sent us some pics hed taken while in Vietnam in 1969/70.

  • Friends of the Mirage got together.

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  • Barry Peterson, man of mystery.

  • How to fix squeaky brakes

  • Our Boeing C-17

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We have a look over the Oakey Army Base.


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  • Why does time move faster as we age?

  • Give up smoking?

  • Build up your muscles.

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  • Jeff remembers his time flying the old Caribou in Vietnam back in 1966/67.

  • A bunch of kids visit Amberley

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  • The Battle of Binh Ba.

  • Qld Air Museum had an open cockpit day.

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RAAF Amberley held their annual Bomber Command commemoration.


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ANZAC Day in Brisbane.


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  • Air Nauru.  John tells of his days flying in the Pacific

  • The Pilatus Porter at Amberley

  • RAF Canberras lost in the Pacific.

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The Djinnang people got together for their AGM and reunion


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  • Were looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.

  • DFRDB continued.  

See Page 18.

  • Vets entitlements.

  • Is our Defence Force slowly dying?

  • Are TPIs getting a fair go?

See Page 19.

  • Ron Raymond has written a book on his RAAF experiences.

  • AM Leo Davies has retired, the new CAF is AM Mel Hupfield

See Page 20.



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.




2021 Celebration - Cancelled.


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our proposed celebrations which were to be held in Melbourne to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Air Force. Ive had several meetings with the Air Force recently and they asked (not told) us not to go ahead as our event could be construed as being official. Our Sunday event at the Myer Music Bowl was to be a large public event, possibly televised and they were worried if something went wrong it would reflect badly on the Air Force. Understandable?


I did offer the event to them for them to run and control, but the decision was made not to take it on - so sadly its off.


And as someone said, they are allowed to march in the Gay Mardi Gras in uniform - but not allowed to spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying good music in a public park.


Go figure!


But that doesnt mean were dead in the water, far from it. Were talking to the RAAFA in the ACT for permission to dedicate a plaque at the RAAF Grotto which is just inside the ACT boundary on the Goulbourn - Canberra Road. The Plaque will describe the history of The RAAF School of Radio, up until it closed at Laverton.


The Air Force has lots of plans for 2021, some of which revolve around ANZAC Day in Canberra and weve been invited to be a part. ANZAC Day that year falls on a Sunday so we would hold the Plaque laying ceremony on the Saturday which will leave Sunday free for those that wish to march under the Radschool Banner. Well get permission from the ACT ANZAC Day committee for that.


Wed hold a Meet and Greet, well investigate a venue shortly and a farewell dinner on the Monday after ANZAC Day. Believe it or not, there is quite a lot to do and see in the ACT, one such place is the Australian War Memorial. The AWM do run guided tours and as the building is so vast and has so much material, a guided tour is probably the best way to go. Once we firm up numbers well approach the AWM and organise something. There will probably be a small charge for guided tours but were chasing sponsorship so hopefully most of the events planned for the Celebration will be free.


More on this later.




RAM thought for the day.


Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in Australia is dead has never been in a supermarket

when the cashier opens another check-out line




DVA Brisbane.


In January this year DVA Queenslands State Office in Brisbane moved from its previous address at 259 Queen Street, to 480 Queen Street, Brisbane.



Although the new address is 480 Queens St, its a bit confusing as you enter the building from Adelaide St, The easiest way to get there is come by train, get out at Central, cross Anzac Square to Adelaide St, turn left, walk towards the Story Bridge end of Adelaide St, then once you cross Wharf St its on your right hand side.


The new offices of DVA are on the 6th floor. All the existing contact telephone and fax numbers will stay the same.


Veterans and their families visiting the new office will find better amenities in a more modern building at 480 Queen Street. There are cafes and restaurants on site. The mailing address remains the same: GPO Box 9998, Brisbane, Queensland 4001. All mail for the department should be sent to this address, irrespective of the state in which the intended recipient is based.


DVAs general inquiries telephone number is 1800 555 254. The fax number for the Queensland State Office is (07) 3223 8304.




Buying a new car?


If youre a Radschool member and contemplating buying a new car, we could save you thousands. The Radschool Association has done a deal with Australias biggest car brokers whereby you can purchase a car (your choice of make, colour, specs etc) at fleet discount prices.


One of our blokes made use of this facility recently and bought a Toyota Rav4 and saved thousands. You can too!


To see further details, go to the Radschool Assoc home page (HERE) then click on New Car Purchase.






Current financial members can now receive a 12% discount on the base rate of the day when hiring a car from Thrifty. If youre thinking of hiring a car or an SUV or a people mover, this could save you heaps. If youre a member, send us an email HERE and well send you the promo code.




Savings for veterans.


Once (If ??)  the Proof of Service Card or Veterans Card as it will be called, is implemented, major corporations will be encouraged to offer special services and/or discounts to holders. Businesses will be encouraged to offer discounts on everything from groceries to power bills.


The details of the card will be worked through with state and territory governments and businesses. It will be separate to the Department of Veterans' Affairs health cards but will be similar to the approach adopted by Canada and the US. Already Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Bunnings, Target, NRMA and Clubs Australia have signed up, while Westpac has expressed support for the idea. The reported percentages where between 5 and 10 per cent.


At present, many businesses and services find it hard to identify who is a veteran, with the problem most acute in states such as NSW and Queensland, each of which are home to more than 80,000 veterans.




A hunter walking through the jungle, found a huge, dead dinosaur, with a pygmy standing beside it. Amazed, he asked "Did you kill that?" "Yes" said the pygmy. The hunter asked "How could a little bloke like you kill a huge beast like that?" The pygmy said "I killed it with my club". "How big is your club?" asked the astonished hunter. "There are about two hundred of us" said the pygmy.






Weve decided to go with the following membership.


                Full membership for $35.00 to 30 June 2021.


Theres no more annual Membership, only full Membership which will expire on the 30 June 2021.  As weve said, full membership is not compulsory, you can still receive the RAM which will remain open, free and available on the net.


So, if youd like to contribute and help us with the ever increasing costs, please join as a full member.


If you are already a member (ie: if your name is on this LIST), please fill in the form below and send it to us, if you havent already joined (if you're not on the list), please use the form HERE.


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BSB: 124-021       Account number: 1048 7401      Title:  RAAF Radschool Association.

Bank:  Bank of Queensland.

and include your name in the "Remarks" window on the deposit.


You can of course pay more if you wish!!



AND!!  If you work for or know of a firm that would be kind and generous enough to sponsor the Radschool Association, please get in touch.






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know and we'll see what can be done.






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