Vol 67

Sept 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 Susan Mallett and we have lots of old time pics.


See Page 3.

  • Change the "Reply to" address in an email.

  • Internet speed tests.

  • What's the difference between a Modem and a Router.

  • Etc

 See Page 4

  • F/A-18 mid-air collision - Aug 1990.

  • C-27 lands on the road.

  • WRAAF dining-in night.

  • Etc

See Page 5

  • Back-up your smart phone

  • New Pension rates.

  • Gold Card - is it on the way out?

  • Private health Insurance reforms.

  • Etc

 See Page 6

  • Cath Wallis continues her story about her wonderful career in the Air Force.

  • Concord - the real story?

  • Etc

See Page 7

  • Butterworth - a threat to our families?

  • In 1945, Dakota A65-83 was lost.

  • The London Blitz.

See Page 8

  • Common superstitions.

  • How NASA got Apollo 11 home.

  • The "Stockholm Express"

  • Etc

See Page 9

  • 35 Sqn open day at Amberley.

See Page 10

  • Why do we sneeze?

  • The dangers of high blood pressure.

  • Using sunscreen.

See Page 11

  • Jeff finishes this story on flying the old Caribou in Vietnam back in 1966/67.

  • Arthur Fry begins his regular spot.

See Page 12.

  • Vietnam Vets day on the Sunshine Coast.

See Page 13.

  • 3 Sqn Association got together at the Redlands RSL Club.

See Page 14.

  • 82 Wing held their annual Association Day at Amberley.

See Page 15

  • Mike Bayon was a navigator during WW2, his story is very interesting.

 See Page 16

  • The Rockwell B-1 bomber is one mean machine.

 See Page 17

  • From now, this page will be devoted solely to DVA issues. 

See Page 18.

  • The Sunshine Coast Council is trying to vandalise the Caloundra RSL's memorial garden.

  • Electric cars are a con

  • Etc

See Page 19.

  • 37Sqn's Hercs are now 20

  • RAAF Edinburgh Air Show

  • The productivity Commission's report into DVA

  • Etc

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.


RAM thought for the day.


The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.








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.






Nearly 4 years ago, the Office of the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force began an inquiry into possible war crimes in Afghanistan. Today that longest and most secretive inquiry undertaken by the Defence Force appears no closer to finishing its work. For a country curious to know whether its special forces are shot through with war criminals, this delay is troubling. For those soldiers caught in the teeth of the investigation, the glacial pace has been devastating.


One of those soldiers is Ben Roberts-Smith, a most decorated war veteran and so far the only individual to be named publicly in connection to the tangle of inquiries probing the conduct of Australian forces in Afghanistan.


Last Sunday (29th Sept) the Nine Networks 60 Minutes took the allegations against Roberts-Smith a notch further, naming the Victoria Cross recipient as being party to the battlefield execution of an Afghan villager in Darwan, Afghanistan, on the 11th September, 2012.


Ben Roberts-Smith has DENIED these allegations of course, but he's up against the might of the Press which can sway public opinion one way or the other. Why they (the Press) chose to air these allegations before the inquiry has finished its deliberations is beyond us, it can only be for profit, report some fantastic, as yet unproven, piece of information, and hundreds of people will want to read it and they (the Press) will sell more papers.  The ABC's Media Watch got involved too, see HERE.


Freedom of the Press?  What a bloody joke!  These people seem to think they are above us mere mortals, they think they have a God given right to report anything in the interests of "the right to know". Like any business, the Press is a profit making business (apart from the ABC which is political wing) and its (the Press) number one aim is to make a profit - no matter what!   We think they should be subject to the same rules as any other business. Why shouldn't the Police be able to search their homes or offices, under warrant, if there is a suspicion of wrong doing, you try it and see what happens.


The Age have thumped their chests and reported why they are such great people and have reported these allegations, you can see that HERE but where is the public support for Roberts-Smith.  Years ago the RSL would have leapt to his defence with a vengeance.  If Bruce Ruxton was still alive and head of the RSL, things would be much different.


Sadly not any more, the RSL is fast becoming a paper tiger.


The Courts will ultimately determine this, Roberts-Smith has commenced legal action against the publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and 3 journalists. It will be interesting to see how this goes.




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.






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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Please transfer your joining contribution to:


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.






Our aim is to have this site error free but thats probably impossible. But with your help I reckon we can get pretty close. If you see any errors, be they punctuation, spelling, links that dont work, facts wrong etc, (no matter how small) please let us know so we can fix them.


Thankfully, Ken Morris, who lives over in the West, proof reads our print before it goes public and points out our many errors, Thanks Ken.








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