Vol 73

Apr 2021

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In Memory of:

Page 2.



Kedron Wavell Services Club.



All the RAAF's (current) aircraft.

ANA's DC3 at Tullamarine.

Boeing 777 engine failure.

English Electric Lightning.


Missing Vulcan - Falklands War.

RAF Lightnings, Butterworth, 1970.



35 Sqn 79th Anniversary.

WRAAF 70th anniversary dinner.


Arthur Fry:

My transition into languages.


Computer Information:

Auto archive in Outlook.

How does it work?

How to customise it.

How to set it up.

Block unwanted WiFi networks.

Capacitor start motors - how do they work?

Email expiration dates.

Add an expiration date to Gmail emails.

Add an expiration date to Outlook emails.

Using an expiration date to manage emails.

What do email expiration dates do?

Run as Administrator - what does it mean?

Task View.

USB connections - the history.

Where did the numeric pads on keyboards come from?

Windows 10 Power toys.



2 Fighter Sqn, Nav Course Oct 1960.

F-86 Sabre Conversion 1960.



DFRDB update - Jan 2021.


DVA Issues:

ADF Grey Card.

ADF transition to Civvy St booklet.

Labor announces inquiry into TPI pension and DFRDB scheme.

Rent assistance changes.

War Widow eligibility and benefits.

War Widow pension.



35 Sqn, Wallaby Airlines, update.

A lazy Sunday - Butterworth, 1970.

A Modern Soldier's Perspective.

ACT additional territory.

Big night out in Penang. 1971.

Bra sizing.

Breakfasting - Gold Coast style.

'Buck' - indicating one dollar - origin.

Captain Smirnov's diamond delivery.

Carnation Milk advert competition.

Covid funnies.

Covid vaccines.

Delays in getting the F-111.

Disc brakes - why aren't they fitted to caravans?

Flood waters victim.

Flying into the mouth of hell - Laurie Woods.

Gaslighting - what is it?

Kev Rosser's pics - Radtechs a Go Go!

Last Herc out of Vietnam - correction.

Nambour AFA meeting.

Navy's new subs.

Optus Stadium Perth - roof walk.

Phillip Zupp's Purple Heart.

RAAF Apprentice scheme.

Radial engines have odd number of cylinders - why?

Stolen iPhone.

Tiger Bar, Penang, 1970.

Tools explained.

Tour the world from home.

Trance music - with Neil Moore.

Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Windsor Golf Club - 2021.



Agent Orange and Dementia.


Egg yolks - are they bad for you?

Female sexual dysfunction.

Male sexual dysfunction.

Sleeping naked - is it better for your health?

Walking exercise - can it cause weight loss?

What is love?


John Laming:

The folks down the back.


My Story:

Ted McEvoy.



35 Sqn Assoc Watch Raffle.

ANZAC Day 2021, Brisbane, march information.

Australian War Memorial renovations.

Avalon Airshow deferred one week.

Coin to recognise Aborigines who served.

RAAF anniversary 50 cent coin collection.



ESO Corruption.

Sign language.

TPI payment inadequate.


Page 3 Girl:

Eunice Lenske.



Ella Colman.

Michael Nestor.


People I meet:

Crissie Wessels, Val Machin.



Pension Rates - WEF 20 March 2021.



26 Radio Appy - 2012.

All Appy reunion - Brisbane Feb 2021.

Djinnang (May 2021) reunion details.

WRAAF Christmas in January, Alex Headland Jan 2021.





Sporting Teams:

2 AD Golf Team - 1986.


Units, Squadrons and Bases:

3 Sqn history.

6 Sqn Amberley, 1998.

75 Sqn, Butterworth, 1970.

114 MCRU 1969.

Edinburgh Updated.

Lee point - Darwin.

PNGDF Air Transport Lae 1978.



3 Sqn history.

Boeing 777 engine failure.

F-111 burial.

F-111 retirement party, Amberley 2010.

Household chores tools.

How to wear corona masks.

Marriage counselling.

Mirage arrival.

Pepsi commercial.

RAAF 100th anniversary documentary.

RAAF Apprentice scheme.

When the UK nuked the US - twice.


Where are they now:

Will De Boer.



70th Anniversary dinner.

Miss Australia, 1962.

WRAAF - the history of.

WRAAF Uniforms.




One day, long, long ago, there lived a woman who did not whine, nag or bitch.

But that was a long time ago, and it was just that one day.








Due to the Corona virus, we had to defer the Scootaville event. Originally, we planned to hold it in June this year but Mr Covid had other ideas and made us put it off to March 2022, then with the vaccinations well underway and most restrictions lifted, we decided to bring it forward to September this year, (Click the logo at right for info) but that had to be delayed until 2022. We'll now leave on the 30th April 2022.and all being well, and the breeze behind, we'll be at RAAF Townsville on Friday the 13th May. We've decided that as getting approval from the RAAF to leave from Amberley is just too hard, and as the Ipswich City Council has offered us the Ipswich Corporate Centre, we're now going to leave from there.


There will be a breakfast for everyone at at the Corporate centre on the day we leave.


I've asked reps from Air Forces from NZ, the UK, US and Canada to join us as we plan to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the RAAF along the way - be nice to have some overseas mates join us. If you haven't nominated, you'd better hurry, there is only a couple of slots available. You'll get all the info you'll need by clicking the icon above.


Soon we'll send all those involved a form to fill in, this will ask for your 'dimensions' so we can order your clothing and helmet etc. This will also be when you'll have to pay for your trip. The final figure, still waiting on final insurance costs, but looks like it will be $850 for riders and $500 for supporters. The transport cost is the cost of getting the scooters back to Brisbane after the event. Hanger ons will get off lightly, their cost will be $200 each.  All these items are yours to keep.



This is what is involved in the costings:  An X indicates who gets what!


  Jacket Helmet Gloves 2 Polo shirts Cap Hi vis vest
Rider X X X X X X
Supporter       X X X
Hanger on       X X  
  Carry Bag Insurance Event Admittance Some Meals Air bed Sleeping bag
Rider X X X X X X
Supporter X X X X X X
Hanger on   X X X    
  Ground sheet 1 pillow 2 pillow cases Luggage tag 2 rain ponchos Scooter
Rider X X X X X X
Supporter X X X X X  
Hanger on            


Both Kedron Wavell Services Club and the Kedron Wavell RSL Sub-branch have offered considerable support, the Sub-Branch is sending along one of their buses, a ute and their their 'Chuck-wagon' which will be used to provide your breakfast every day as well as some lunches and 'snacks' along the way. John Lunn (right), ex Air Force framie and member of the Sub-branch, has 'volunteered' to man the Chuck-wagon and will be our bait layer for the trip. John has been working on menus to ensure we don't get bored with a "Bunning's snag" at every meal - what he's done so far looks good.


Evening meals will be at an individual person's costs as these will be provided by some community clubs, (Lions, Rotary, Citizens etc and in some Service Clubs.) We must thank Woolworths and IGA stores up the track for their generous support in providing food for our breakfasts and refreshment stops.


We must also thank the many Councils along the way, all of which have opened their showgrounds for us and will allow us to overnight in their pavilions free of charge. The only requirement is we leave the buildings in the same condition in which we find them, in other words, do a panic before we leave. It's wonderful that Woolies, IGA and local councils are sympathetic to and will go out of their way to help a bunch of old Vets. 


As we'll be calling into several primary schools along the way, Metcash (IGA etc) has offered us lots of "give-aways" which we can give to the kids, things like colouring in books and pencils, stickers, money boxes, water bottles and balloons - fabulous. We hope some of us can "dress up" a bit for this, make it a fun event for the kids. So - if you've got some funny hats or what-ever, bring them along.


We will be riding the great little SYM Crox 50cc 4-stroke scooters. Select Scooters from Melbourne are the importers and have graciously decided to be involved. We thank them.


I intend to drive the route again in July to finalise things, more on that later too.


We've also had talks with media firm "This Story".  This Story (www.thisstory.com.au)  specialises in capturing and preserving on video the significant moments of Australia’s history as told by those who experienced it first-hand. They preserve the personal stories of veterans who served during the following conflicts:

  • World war 2 )1939-1945)

  • Korean War (1950-1953)

  • Malayan Emergency (1950-1960)

  • Borneo Confrontation (1963-1966)

  • Vietnam War (1965-1973)

"This Story" has offered to capture the Scootaville event by producing a one hour documentary of the event which, it is hoped, will be shown nationally on one of the TV channels. Talks are well under the way and it looks good for this. They have also advised they would like to interview one or more of our riders and preserve their story.


We must also thank Phillips Group, a PR firm based in Brisbane, which has offered to help with publicity and we'll get started on that shortly.



Costco Offer.


Costco was founded in an old hangar in San Diego in the USA in 1976. It started life as the "Price Club"  and offered items to small businesses at a reduced price. It soon found by including non-business customers, its clientele increased greatly which meant it could buy more and buying more meant buying for less which meant it could sell for less which made it more attractive to buyers who bought more which meant buying more etc etc.


Its operating philosophy has been simple. Keep costs down and pass the savings on to its members. Since becoming Costco in 1997, the company has grown worldwide with total sales in recent fiscal years exceeding $64 billion.


Its warehouses carry about 4,000 SKUs (stock keeping units) compared to the 30,000 found at most supermarkets. By carefully choosing products based on quality, price, brand and features, the company can offer the best value to members.


Costco opened its first Australian store in Melbourne in 2009 and now has 12 stores through all states of Australia, except for Tasmania and the NT.


Costco is very conscious of the hardship and dedication of the Australian service men and women and recently put a deal together for the benefit of members of the Radschool Association.


Go HERE for the deal.






Sign language.  Why is that during a news bulletin or when presenting a public announcement, politicians and other public officials insist on having some person stand beside them waving their hands and arms around repeating in sign language what the polly or public servant is saying. Who does this benefit? Is it just to make the politician or the public servant or perhaps the TV channel feel good and important?  As far as I'm concerned it's a gigantic put off, I feel like switching channels when ever I see it.


Of course you have to feel sorry for a person with any loss of hearing, or sight or with the loss of any other sense and of course you have to give all of them as much help as you can but what's the sense in having someone on screen waving his/her hands and arms.  A TV news bulletin usually runs for at least 30 mins, some now go for an hour. The public announcement lasts for no more than 30 secs. Does the deaf person just in front of a mute TV hoping there will be a public announcement of does he or she get a text message saying, turn on your TV 22 mins, 23 secs into the Ch7 news as there will be a public announcement with sign language. It's a bloody joke!


If politicians and public servants and TV channels think it's so important to help the deaf by mimicking their announcements with sign language, why not do it for the whole bulletin, surely there's other important stuff in there - why not do it for whatever is shown on TV 24/7.  Do they think a deaf person sits in front of a TV and just watches the pictures? I know years ago we used to sit and watch test patterns - but really? It's a complete waste of resources, there is, after all, such a thing as teletext!!


Personally, I hate it!   That's what I think - what do you think?   tb




Charity Classification.


Early in 2019 our Association was classified as a Charitable Organisation - see HERE.  This doesn't mean that donations to the Association are Tax deductible, yet, but we've applied for that and will advise if and when it occurs.


We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) which is the national regulator of charities. Their web-site is HERE. Being a Charitable Organisation, we don't pay tax. We've also applied to become an incorporated body. Qld Justice Dept initially knocked us back as our name (RAAF Radschool Association) includes the initials RAAF which are prohibited under the Defence Act. We've requested permission for their use from the RAAF, have been told approval has been recommended and are now just waiting on receiving written approval. Once we get that Qld Justice will issue the incorporation.


The Association's Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss are available here. If you want an explanation on any item, just email us via the "Contact Us" link above.




RAM thought for the day.

Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.




Buying a new car?


If you’re contemplating buying a new car, we could save you thousands. The Radschool Association has done a deal with Australia’s 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 you’re thinking of hiring a car or an SUV or a people mover, this could save you heaps. If you’re a member, send us an email HERE and we’ll send you the promo code.






We hope to sign off on paid membership by the 30 June 2021 so you can now join for free, Free membership is available.  If you wish you can still make a donation when joining, though it is voluntary.


To join, fill in the form below.



First Name:



Email address:

Membership type:

Your State:

Sum transferred:




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.



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.






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.


Thankfully, Ken Morris, who lives over in the West, proof reads our print before it goes public and points out our many errors, not a lot escapes him I can tell you!   


Thanks Ken.






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