Vol 68

Dec 2019

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We're sorry, we did plan to have this edition out prior to Christmas but things got away from us, we just ran out of time. But - here it is, the last one before we hit 2020. Can you believe that, it's now 20 years since we were all going to hell in a basket when it was predicted the whole world would crash at midnight on 31 December, 1999 as all our computers turned up their toes.


We got through that one, we humans are a resilient lot - there's a fair chance we will and can survive no matter what is thrown at us. It might be a rough road at times but it's not in our nature to give in - somehow there's always a way. When things get tough, as they did in 2019 the good part in our nature rises to the top and we rollup our sleeves and toss in and help.


Our thoughts go out to those suffering the dreadful fires that are inflicting most of the south east part of Great Oz - one cannot really imagine the sadness and heart-break those affected must be experiencing, but human nature will prevail and one day it will be just a memory. Those affected will not be alone in their grief, there are thousands of people out there unselfishly helping right now, either fighting the fires, providing accommodation, clothing, food and drink to those in need, tending to stock or just providing a supportive shoulder.


Let us hope and pray that 2020 is a far better year, let's hope it finally rains when and where it should, let's hope there are no serious conflicts between nations, let's hope we all enjoy good health and let's hope we all see 2021.


Happy New Year Everyone.



New Menu


Weve made some changes to the menu system this edition, now you can find a topic, click it and it will open the info for which youre looking. Hopefully, this will make it a lot easier to read. After youve finished one topic and you want to return here, just click the close tab [X] button at the top of your page.


You can still read the whole Magazine the old way, see at the bottom of the page.









In memory of


Page 2



Kedron Wavell Services Club




F-18s over Townsville

RAAF Growler written off

The reason the F-35 is unstoppable

What does is cost to fuel an airliner


Arthur Fry

Page 12



Edinburgh 1968


Climate change musings

87% of bush fires are man made

The Dogma of Climate Change


Computer and IT info

Access Safe Mode in Windows 10

Adding columns to Word

Adding vertical lines between columns in Word

Bluetooth how does it work?

Chrome shortcuts

History of Spam

How to disable Tap to Click

The birth of the Internet

Using Find and Replace in Word

What is a torrent file

Windows 7s day is nearly done


Course Photos



34 Sqn Radio 1984

34-1986 Rookies

37 Clk E

47 Clk E

47/85 Rookies

1250 Rookies

1468 Rookies

Staff of 1 FTS Point Cook 1952


DVA issues

Access to medical treatment for Vets

APOD Defence Discounts

Community Grants small changes

DVA Queensland Christmas Party

Free travel on Vic public transport for inter-state TPIs/EDAs

Funding boost for Saluting their Service grants

Kookaburra kids supporting out kids

Open Arms

The Oath

Veterans Card and Lapel Pin




A recent Big Bang.

ASCO Canteen Edinburgh 1968

Berlin Wall then and now

Bushmaster vehicle

Electric cars

Fixing the F-111

Great Ocean Road

Halloween what is it?

Letter to Greta Thunberg

Melbourne 1968

Navy subs cost blow out

Navy subs problem with the build

New WOff of the Air Force

Pregnancy problem in the USN is there?

RAAF Vietnam Lunch Club

Remembering families who served in Butterworth

Shipborne rubbish what do you do with it

Thai and Diamond say Thank You

Watsons Bay

William Eno who was he?

Wings Magazine Spring 2019

WW2 a different perspective


Health and lifestyle

Are diet soft-drinks harmful

Can Vitamin C improve your mood

House plants do they purify the air.

Humidifiers are they any good?

Links between exercise and stroke recovery

Poinsettia plants are they poisonous?

Vasectomy can it cause prostate cancer

Weight loss control emotional eating


Honours and memorabilia

3 Sqn Association Plaque dedication

6 RAR Mascot takes his D

86 Wing receives its Queens Standard

161 Reconnaissance Assoc Memorial Service

RAAF Aircrew Commemorative Day

Remembrance Day Brisbane 2019


John Laming

How did the RAF tackle Hitlers V1 bombs.

Paddy Heffernan

Who cleans up after a war


My Story

Julie Hammer


News and coming reunions

2 Sqn marching on ANZAC Day 2020 Brisbane

14 Appy

All Appy Werribee

DFRDB Ombudsmans report

Operation Wandering Souls

Special Ops Service medal


Origins of

Catafalque party

Flags at half mast

In Flanders Field poem

Lone Piper

Piling of the drums

The Wreath

Trooping the Colours


Page 3 girl


Lisle Pryor


People I meet

Kirsty Cleal


Sick Parade

Pete DeJonge



Slim Dusty clean up your own back-yard

The Apple iGun

Woman keep your virtue.



75 Sqn Sumpies, Darwin, 1987

77 CommCen RAAFSU Canberra 1992


Where are they?

Nigel Blake

People on 1050 Rookies




Fund raiser.


The Radschool Association has been granted a slot to sizzle sausages at the Stafford Rd, Stafford, (Qld) Bunnings store on Saturday the 7th March, 2020. If you live not too far from the Stafford Bunnings, we could certainly use your help to roll a few snags. We have to set up the "shop"  at 6.30am and keep it open until 3.00pm that afternoon after which there is a clean up.


It's been suggested that we'll sell about 1,000 sausages and 450 cans of drink - so there's a fair chance we'll be busy and need a number of troops on a roster system, we don't expect anyone to stay for the full 10 or so hours.




We've added a form below which we ask you to fill in if you can lend a hand. Bunnings have provided a "run-sheet" which we will make available to those able to help.


First name


Phone number

Email address

Hours available







RAM thought for the day.

No-one sees what you see, even if they see it too.




New Format.


A few months ago we switched the web site over from an http:// address to an https:// address by obtaining an SSL certifiate. http stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. This format provides a set of rules and standards which govern how information can be transmitted on the web in such a manner that it can be understood by someone on the other end. Your web browser has been configured to understand anything using this protocol.


https stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. This is a highly secure version of http, it encrypts everything sent using SSL. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is the method whereby everything we now send to the web, or get sent, is encrypted.  If you look at the address bar, to the left of https://www.Radschool.org.au you'll now see a small padlock, which you can click. It shows that if you send us any personal details, they will be secure.





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.




When one door closes and another door opens, you're probably in a prison.





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.


First name:                                                                




Your email address:  


Membership type:                                                                                                    


Your State:                                                                                                          Sum transferred:  $


In order to reduce Spam, enter the sum of 10 plus 10 in the window opposite.                                                                   








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.




Sixty might be the new 40, but 9.00pm is the new mid-night.




You can download the full magazine in PDF format HERE.

It is a very large file, contains 264 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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