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COMING  EVENTS:
 (See below for photos of PAST EVENTS)

 Newcastle Christmas Luncheon
11am, Friday 15 Dec 2017.
Sydney Junction Hotel,
8 Beaumont St, Hamilton, NSW.
Managed by Fighter Squadrons Branch, RAAF Association.

Members of all Fighter Associations, all current Fighter personnel and all ex-RAAFies are most welcome, along with their guests of all persuasions, at the lunch.

Starting with drinks at 1100 hrs.
Pay-as-you-go for drinks at the bar. 
Please bring cash to pay for your lunch at the table, from the full selection on the pub's menu, which represents excellent value.

It's important that you please Register (no up-front payment required) on the FSB Website as soon as possible, so that numbers can be established.  
Do it now!
Booking Deadline: Wednesday 13 Dec 2017.

Private function room (ground floor, south side of Hotel).  This venue has plenty of parking and is only a few steps from the Hamilton railway station, with direct services to Sydney.
The more the merrier!  Please come and support your friendly Association.

(Info from Pete Ring, ex-3SQN Sabre pilot and all-round legend!)

 

3 Squadron’s
Named in Battle” Day
11am.  Thursday 18 January, 2018.

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Join us at Hunters Hill (Sydney) for a very special commemoration.  100 years exactly since the Squadron’s number was officially set to “3”.

3AFC left Australia as “No.2” and went into action in September 1917 as “No.69 Squadron AFC”. 
Above the frozen quagmire of the Ypres battlefield they finally gained their official designation of “3rd Squadron AFC”, on 18 January 1918
They were already “Corps Squadron” for “1 Anzac Corps” and later became the “Corps Squadron” for General Monash’s full “Australian Corps” of five Divisions (160,000 men). 

3AFC made pivotal contributions to the planning and implementation of Monash’s masterful “combined arms” offensive tactics,
which were so successful in repeatedly smashing through the German lines in the victorious “last 100 days” of 1918.
 

Meet for the commemoration ceremony at 11am near the big German Howitzer in front of Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra Street. 

Afterwards we will stroll to the nearby Ottimo Italian Kitchen for a group lunch.  (Wide choice from the excellent menu.  Please bring cash to pay for your share at the table.)

If you are coming please RSVP to James by Tue 16 Jan. 
Phone (02) 8212-9793, or email 3SQN Assn.

 

Anzac Day 2018 - Advance Notice

25th April 2018

3 Squadron Association events in Richmond, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Please check this listing closer to the date for full details.
 

Sabre Pilots' Reunion - Vancouver Canada

Friday Sep 7th to Monday Sep 10th, 2018.

A warm invitation is extended to RAAF Sabre Pilots (and their significant others) to attend this 2018 Canadian reunion. 


Sabre condensation trails in a turning dogfight.

No need to pre-pay, but please register early.  
Click http://spaads-reunion.ca/ for details and registration.  
This will be a great occasion to experience the acclaimed SPAADS camaraderie as well as an opportunity to enjoy a memorable vacation that could include side trips in British Columbia, or an Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise.

 

2019 - Advance Notice - Operation Thoroughfare Jubilee

February 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 3SQN Mirage deployment to RAAF Butterworth [“Operation Thoroughfare”].  
With this in mind, plans are in the initial stages to hold a 50th reunion of the deployment, probably at RAAF Williamtown. 
 

QLD Secretary Bill "Blue" Farrell has obtained a list of all the personnel involved, and is currently trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the following remaining persons (from a wide variety of musterings):

 P. R. BAKER,  C. J. BALDOCK,  J. BEAUMONT, M. BENNETT,  R. BENNETT,  H. J. BOGGS,  J. M. BEAUCHANAN,  J. BURGESS,  D. G. DALTON,  K. J. DINHAM,  S. P. DOBSON,  G. E. EALES,  S. V. L. EDWARDS.  B. T. FLANAGAN,  L. GALE, T. T. GRAHAM,  J. R. GRIFFIN,  G. T. HANSBURY, C. W. HARVEY,  M. L. HOLLAND, O. W. HORNE, F. HOWELL, J. JACKSON, P. L. JACOBSON, R. B. T. JAGO,  Ray JONES, P.A. KELLY, R.J. LARSEN,  F. P. LITTLE,  B. LOVETT,  J. A. MURRAY,  L. G. NINNESS, K. J. O’BYRNE,  A. Q. PAGE,  R. T. PALMER,  A. G. PARKER, R. J. RAMADGE,  G. J. RENNIE  L. L. RUSSELL,  P. N. ROSS,   P. J. SANDERS,  C. SAXTON, R. J. STEWART,  N. T. STREATER, B. C. SUMMERS, T. C. TALTY,  G. W. THOMPSON, K. TAYLOR,  S.E. TURNER,  R. J. WALDIE,  P. R. WALKER,  C. J. WATSON, C. WHITE, A. WILLIAMS, R. YOUNG, G. F. HARRISON,  P. J. HARRISON.  

Any help in this regard would be much appreciated.
 

 

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3SQN PAST EVENTS

Williamtown "Centenary of Australia's WW1 Combat Squadrons"

27th/28th October 2016

19th September 2016 -  "Our Official 100th BIRTHDAY"

Sydney Anzac Memorial

Richmond "Centenary of the NSW State Aviation School"

28th August 2016

Our Point Cook 3AFC Centennial Commemoration

9th July 2016

2016 - 3 Squadron's Canberra Centennial Plaque Celebrations

10th / 11th February 2016


Chas Wannan, Kittyhawk and Mustang Flight Commander.  [Portrait by Dom O'Donnell]

2015  

"Roll Out the Barrel!"  - 75 Years since 3 Squadron marched out from Richmond to World War II.

2014 - "RAAF Centenary of Military Aviation" Point Cook

2013 "Family Day" Airshow

Anzac Day Reports and Photos 2013


 

 Malta Pilgrimage

Our wonderful Maltese-Australian friend, Frank Gauchi, placed wreaths on the graves of two 3SQN Ground Crew casualties, far away on the island of Malta.

For more photo coverage and the background story: Click Here
 

Anzac Day 2012


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]

Williamtown Parade & Family Day - Friday, September 23, 2011.

  3 Squadron’s 95th Birthday
Parade of the New Squadron Colours and Family Day


For more parade and airshow photo coverage: Click Here

Anzac Day 2011 Sydney


"The old and the bold meet the young and the bold."  For more photo coverage: Click Here

RAAF Williamtown
3 Squadron's 94th Birthday Air-Show & Family Day, Friday 17-9-2010

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For more photo coverage of the 2010 Family Day: Click Here

70th Anniversary of 1940 "Marching Out" from Richmond

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.

 

Harvard Graduate

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

 

2001 Williamtown

 

3 Squadron's 85th Birthday at Nelson Bay, 18- 20 September 2001  

     

 

3SQN's 60th Birthday - Butterworth  1976

Early Association Get-Togethers

 

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