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

Newcastle - A MOMENT IN HISTORY

Monday 10th December, 2018.  Be at viewpoints from at least 09:45.

Arrival of the First Operational F-35s in Australia


A35-009 taking off from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

We've had the "inside word" that the F-35s will be performing a spectacular flypast along the Newcastle Coast and an orbit of the City of Newcastle prior to their landing at Williamtown, at 10am on Monday 10 December.

The two brand-new 3SQN fighters, A35-009 and A35-010, will be completing their long multi-stage ferry-flight from the Squadron's training base in Phoenix. 
WGCDR Darren CLARE, the Commanding Officer of 3SQN, will be leading the pair in. 
The F-35s will be escorted by three 77 SQN classic F-18s, with WGCDR Easty EASTHOPE leading the escort.

Good viewpoints will be the Anzac Walk and Fort Scratchley

Fighter World at Williamtown will also have good views of the touch-down.
 

50-Year Reunion.
Operation Thoroughfare Jubilee.
16 and 17 February 2019.

February 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 3SQN Mirage deployment to RAAF Butterworth [“Operation Thoroughfare”].  
The Association will hold a 50th reunion, at RAAF Williamtown, celebrating the deployment. 

All enquiries to our Queensland Secretary, Bill "Blue" Farrell, please.

 Bill has obtained a list of all personnel involved, and is currently trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the following 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.
 

ANZAC DAY 2018
Thursday 25 April.

Events in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Richmond NSW.

Check this page for more details closer to the date or for any queries Contact 3SQN Assn .
 

Red Cross Walking Tour
Somme Valley, FRANCE.
3 to 6 May, 2019

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will be utilising Neil SMITH’s 3SQN web-article about Cliff PEEL, a 3AFC RE8 pilot, in their four-day “Somme Stride” experiential walking tour [scheduled for early May 2019].  Cliff created the original operational concept for the “Flying Doctor” in 1917.  (Sadly, he was killed in the closing weeks of WW1.)  The RFDS will quote Neil’s research, along with many other interesting themes.  

This tour sounds fantastic, and all profits will help to support the RFDS.  So, if you or any of your 3SQN friends are interested in seeing the Somme Battlefields in the most immersive way possible, further details are available on the RFDS Website.

 

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3SQN PAST EVENTS

3 Squadron's "Named in Battle Day" 100-Year Commemoration.

Thursday 18th January, 2018, 11am.
Alongside the "Hunters Hill Howitzer", Sydney NSW.

2017

75th Anniversary Commemoration - "ALAMEIN

Monday 23rd October, 2017.
Australian War Memorial, Canberra.


A beautiful day in Canberra for 3SQN Alamein veterans and their sons.

2016  

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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