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"WHAT'S NEW?" (February 2017)

Some valedictions from old 3SQN Newsletters have been added to our 'Lifetimes' page: Jim Jelley, Johnny Taylor, Ken McRae, Jack Hamilton, Al Rawlinson and Ron Caddy.

2016 has been No.3 SQUADRON'S CENTENNIAL YEAR !!!

3 Squadron personnel deployed on Operation OKRA in the Middle East, September 2016.

Photo-essays are now available covering our very enjoyable February 2016 Canberra plaque celebrations;  
our July Point Cook commemorations, those at Richmond (NSW)  in August;
Sydney Anzac Memorial
in September; and "The BIG ONE" at Williamtown in October .

New Reader Contacts have been posted.

Tributes to our deceased members Jeff Love and Mick O'Mullane.

A dramatic new article by Jim Hall: "Mirage Collision" -  A definitive analysis of the loss of  3SQN's "last" operational fatality to date, FLTLT Perry Kelly, in 1976.

"Fights in the Air" - 1916.  - An interesting letter from the Western Front in France, written at the time that the Squadron was being born - back in Australia at Point Cook.

"Good Morning... Syria!" - A modern day eyewitness account, from a RAAF F18 Pilot, of flying in 'Operation OKRA' - 2016.

An interesting new description of a jolly party thrown for the 3SQN boys in 1925 has been added to our article "Welcome to Richmond".


In the space of only a few sad weeks in mid-2016, our Association lost four of our esteemed WW2 veterans.  In our 'Lifetimes' section we celebrate their long lives…
Val St. Leon, Tom Russell, Chas Wannan and Dusty Lane.

An amusing cartoon has been added to our 1942 story of Bobby Gibbes' daring landing next to an enemy-occupied desert airstrip to rescue Rex Bayly, who had been shot down during 3SQN's attack.

The website address for the “Australians at War Film Archivewith its extensive transcripts, videos and photos of many WW2 veterans, has been updated in our 'Links' page: www.australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au

Our latest batch of 3SQN stories from across the years:

"Billy Stutt and the Richmond Flyboys" - 1916 aviation pioneering, mixed explosively with State politics!  A review added to our 'Books' section.

"Australia's First-Ever Combined Operation" -  Army/Navy/Air Force action in Syria in 1941.  And 3SQN was warmly welcomed!

"Mirage Metamorphosis" - Brian Weston recalls the Squadron's "Lizard" colour scheme in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Added to our 'Aircraft' section.

A new Great War story: 3AFC Signaller Bert Billings' amazing: "Gallipoli Start-to-Finish"

A Friend in High Places - Senator Sir George Pearce and the Foundation of the RAAF.

And Christmas at Mileni, 1943 - the hilarious tale of how the South African Colonel commanding 239 Wing was deprived of his Christmas porker.

A new entry in our 'Lifetimes' section: Ted Savage, WW2 Armourer.

New information has been added to the Gladiator page in our 'Aircraft' section.

Two new titles have been added to our 'Book Recommendations': Australia and the (1914-18) War in the Air
and True Story of the (1944) Great Escape 

Sadly, WW2 Kittyhawk Pilot Alan Righetti has died at age 97 on 15/8/2015, after a lengthy period of declining health. 
Alan had been captured in Libya and was one of the last surviving witnesses to the "Great Escape" of 1944.
A short biography has been added to our 'Lifetimes' page.
Or read Alan's amazing story in full, in his own words, in one of our most popular web articles.

Epitaphs of War
A new essay in our 'Poems' section, describing the poignant connection between the famous Empire Poet Rudyard Kipling and the "Missing" soldiers of WW1.

New to our 'Past Events' list, a photo-essay on the festivities at historic Richmond RAAF Base, 75 Years after No.3 Squadron marched out to World War II.

A new article: "Welcome to Richmond".  3 Squadron inaugurated RAAF operations at Richmond RAAF Base in July 1925 - but even flying the aircraft to Richmond wasn't easy - many minor disasters ensued!

Added pictures of an original WW1 leather Flying Helmet to our 'Mementos' page.

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