Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of 77 Sqn.
Livingstone Airstrip, Darwin, NT, c. Oct 1942. Squadron Leader R. C. ("Dick") Cresswell,
commander of No. 77 Squadron RAAF, standing beside his Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk.
Painted on the side of the aircraft are the flags of the RAAF, Australia, the United Kingdom
(the Union Jack) and the United States. (In the 1950s Dick Cresswell played a key role
in introducing the Sabre to RAAF service.)
Where: Sydney Junction Hotel, 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton (Newcastle). Car Park at rear, or catch the train (only one block walk from Hamilton station.)
Members of all Fighter Associations (and their guests and other ex-Air Force Members) are welcome at the lunch, starting with drinks at 1130 hrs. The usual procedures will apply: pay at the bar for drinks and pay cash at each table for lunch. Dress: Smart Casual
Please register if you intend to come along. Registrations close Wed 22 Feb.
Pete Ring says: "The more the merrier. We will book our own room as per last lunch, which was very enjoyable. It does me heart good to see a bunch of RAAFies filling the room with spirit. Come and support your Associations. The Committees look forward to seeing you there.
Anzac Day 2017. We will have our traditional pilgrimage to the 3 Squadron Memorial at Richmond.
Plus 3SQN marches and reunions in:
Adelaide - Brisbane - Melbourne - Perth - Sydney.
Watch this page for details as they become available.
...And on the other side of the World:
The F-86 Sabre Pilots
Association in the USA will hold their 21st ("and last")
in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
On 23, 24 and 25 April, 2017.
More than 1,000 former Sabre-Drivers are expected to attend a wide range of activities.
Any former pilot interested in joining a RAAF contingent (currently numbering half-a-dozen participants) please email Ian Flett (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Membership of the U.S. Association must be applied-for before registering for the Reunion. Attendees are also responsible for making their own accommodation bookings at the venue. The full Programme for the event, plus Forms for each of the booking/registration steps, are available at the top of their web-page http://sabre-pilots.org/
Advance Notice: Sat. 29th July 2017. - Queensland Member’s 2017 Mid-Year Luncheon – Redlands RSL.
Chas Wannan, Kittyhawk and Mustang Flight Commander. [Portrait by Dom O'Donnell]
For more photo
coverage and the background story:
A great day for all of the 3SQN Generations!
[Left to Right:] Terry van Haren, Gus Thomson, Bob Treloar and Arthur Pardey.
For more photo coverage: Click Here
[Picture by Dominic O'Donnell]
For more parade and airshow photo coverage: Click Here
"The old and the bold meet the young and the bold." For more photo coverage: Click Here
For more photo coverage of the 2010 Family Day: Click Here
On Saturday 10th July 2010, the Association returned to Richmond RAAF Base for the 70th Anniversary of the Squadron "marching out" to War on the 15th of July 1940. We were honoured to have four of "The Originals" in attendance.
For the full set of annotated photos, click here.
An uplifting photo set showing NSW Hon. President Tom Russell enjoying a surprise sortie in a Harvard Trainer, just before presenting a speech at Camden RSL. (June 2010).
Anzac Day 2010
Anzac Day 2010 went very well in Sydney and the RAAF Official Photographer captured a nice image of 3SQN CO Terry van Haren with the WW2 veterans present on the day. It was especially gratifying that our President Peter Cuthbert (2nd from left) could be there despite his recent illness. [Pete told us that he's recently received a disturbing note in his mailbox saying, "If you don't stop making love to my wife, I will KILL you!" - But the note was unsigned, so Pete has no way of knowing which husband wrote it!]
L to R: Slim Moore, Peter Cuthbert, WGCDR Terry van Haren, Tom Russell, Gordon Steege, Arthur Pardey, Don Nicholls.
(Click here for the full-sized image by the RAAF Official Photographer.)
3 Squadron 93rd Birthday Parade, 2009
Click here for a photo set, speeches from the day and historical notes on the Squadron's first and last combat losses in WWII.
Reunion of Butterworth Fitters in Malaysia 2008.
Canberra Reunion 2002 in the Australian War Memorial
3 Squadron's 85th Birthday at Nelson Bay, 18- 20 September 2001
3SQN's 60th Birthday - Butterworth 1976
Early Association Get-Togethers