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.
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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.
Stockton RSL, NSW.
AN INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL SERVING OR EX-RAAF OR RAAF RESERVE MEMBERS, OF ANY AIRCRAFT TRADE, MUSTERING OR CATEGORY WHO SERVED (AT ANY TIME) IN ANY MIRAGE UNIT.
For all details see here.
A beautiful day in Canberra for 3SQN Alamein veterans and their sons.
Chas Wannan, Kittyhawk and Mustang Flight Commander. [Portrait by Dom O'Donnell]
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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.
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[Picture by Dominic O'Donnell]
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"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