Vol 77

April 2022

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In Memory of:

Page 2



Kedron Wavell Services Club.



C-130A A97-214 goes to Vietnam Museum Philip Island.

Ghost Bat.

Hercs reach 800,000 flying hours.

Lincoln pic.

Phantom F-4E.

RAAF denies problem with F-35.

The Macchi.

The Winjeel.



Back to Vietnam tour.

Ray and Mary Thompson's Diamond Wedding Anniversary.


Arthur Fry:

Impressive people - Michael McDonald.

My move from 5 ACS to 2 Sqn.


Computer Information:

Add rows and columns to a table in MS Word.

Cyber war.

Download PDFs instead of previewing them.





How do ink jet printers work?

Keep a Windows Tab on top at all times.

Make your folders stand out.

Save a web page as a PDF.

Using the Alt key.

Using the OCR facility in OneNote.

Why is Windows called Windows?

Windows Power Toys.



601 men's Rookies Course.





DVA Issues:

50 years from Australia's involvement in Vietnam.

Age pension rate changes.

Defence and Vets Legal Service.


Ombudsman's report into DVA's claim procedure.

Saluting their Service Grants.

Suicide and Mental Health workshops.

Travel Claims.

Veterans Health Check.



Airport scanning devices.

Ash Wednesday - the origin.

Australian Defence Industry Capability.

Battle of Britain lace panels.

Bomber country - UK.

Brisbane - where else would you live?

Camp Gregory.

Cars backfire - why?

Combatants surrender to "Ned Kelly."

Dinner party - extraordinaire.

Easter - the meaning of.

Easter - origin of the word.

Easter bunny - the origin.

Easter eggs - why?

Electric cars - the truth.

Errol's Day.

Gallipoli Barracks Family Day.

GPS - how does it work.

History of the car radio.

Low flying in Ukraine.

Mustang Sally.

Jack Nissenthall - the VC who never was.

Pension rates - WEF 20 March 2022.

Phone sensors.

Photos from Vietnam.

Senior's discount guide.

Skyland News - Dec 1979.

The Mini - a full load?

Then, Now, Always - RAAF Book.

The Vietnam Wall - USA.

Truck through Russian Embassy gates - Dublin.

Vaseline - uses of.

Visiting an Army, Navy or Air Force Base.

What goes up - might come down. David Gunson.


Get togethers.

ANZAC Day 2022 Brisbane.

2 Sqn Association AGM.

Remembrance Day, Yeppoon, 2021.

REOA (Vic) luncheon.



Exercise - when is the best time?


Five second rule.

Frozen food mistakes.

Heartburn or heart attack?

Medical myths.

Mental Health help.

The human skeleton.


John Laming:

Diary of a pilot.

Just ask Anya.

MP and the VC.

The Dustoff.

My Story:

Dave Rogers and the Phanton F-4E.

Garry Cooper - FAC.



Ben Roberts-Smith.

Brendan Godwin.


Lawrence Freedman.

Michael Shellenberger.

Hu Wei.

Windmill Blades.


Page 3 Girl:

Pam Condie.


People I meet:

Abby Hibble.



Raffle results.


Requests for help.

ABC - The Returned.

Ella Colman.

Fire Trucks - 1958-1975.

Sgt's Mess at Phang Rang.



Djinnang reunion - May 2022.





Units, Squadrons and Bases:

35 Sqn turns 80.

77 Sqn (Various photos, various years.)

78 Wing 1967.

Butterworth photos.




Car safety.

Drone refuelling.

Electric cars - some misgivings.

Is it worth it - should I move?

St Patrick's Day.

Truck through gates of Russian Embassy in Dublin.

West Oz - I love it.



Life in the Air Force.








Well, with a bit of luck and the breeze behind, Scootaville will be held in September this year. We'll get together at the Rosewood Showgrounds on the morning of the 1st September (Thursday) and head off on the Saturday 3rd September, arriving Townsville on the 16th September (a friday).


Towards mid-May we'll send out a form seeking participants. We know a lot of you have filled in the form before but with all the stoppages etc, unfortunately we need it again. We'll have a lot more info in that mail out too, there are still a few things that have to be finalised, media, advertising, rail back from Townsville etc and there is a chance we'll have a few Kiwis join us.


More later.






All our fundraising raffles have been run and won, we raised a total of $11,024 which is marvelous, costs were $3,449.81, which means we cleared $7,574.19. A big thanks to everyone who took part.


Below are the results of the most recent two. Click the pics for a bigger view.


The guitar.


Carolyn Davis won the guitar and as luck would have it, her son is a muso and loves playing the guitar.  Carolyn being a devoting mum, her son was very happy to receive it. 



The Moped.


John Stewart who lives in WA won the Moped. We're arranging for John to pick up his little Kymco 50CC Moped from one of the local dealers. Much easier than us trying to send one all the way over there.


As Legacy were otherwise engaged with their ANZAC Day arrangements, we asked Lesley Quirke, the Secretary of the Kedron Wavell RSL Sub-Branch to draw the winner for us and John's number, 1208, came up. You can thank Lesley, John.








Visiting a RAAF, Army or Navy Base.


Anyone who has been onto a RAAF, Army or Navy Base lately will know it's a bit of a mission. You have to watch a video which gives you all the Dos and Don'ts, then you fill in a form then you go to the Pass Office and get signed in.


There is an easier way, you can do most of it at home before you leave. Here's how:


Go to www.defence.gov.au/about/base-locations, this opens this page.


Below the pic of the Army heavies, you'll see a form, under Base Name type the name of the Base to which you wish to go. Click the down symbol in the Service group window and select Army, Navy, Air Force or Dept of Defence as the case may be. Under State select the State in which the Base is situated.


We've entered RAAF Amberley as an example.


After you've entered the name of the Base etc, click Search.




That will take you to this page. If the name of the Base you wish to visit is correct, click the pic, otherwise click RESET and enter it again.




That will take you to this page.  Click the Complete the National Base Induction button.




The Complete the National Base Induction button takes you to this page. This will set out further Dos and Don't.


After you've read this page click NEXT down the bottom and it will take you to the next page.


When you get to Page 4, you will be prompted to provide your name and contact details then sign a declaration at the bottom of the page.


Once you've done all that, click SUBMIT.




You will then be sent an email confirming you have completed the induction process. Print this out and take it with you when you visit the Base and show it to the Pass Office.


You'll find it makes things a lot easier.




We must thank our wonderful sponsors who have helped us to date and who have stuck with us in these troubled times.




Numerous Sub-Branches







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.





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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