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


Sydney ANZAC Day March - Sunday 25 April 2021

THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT REVISIONS TO START TIME AND BANNER LOCATION.

 So far we have only had a few acceptances and we would like to really encourage you to please come along if you can.

Personnel from RAAF Williamtown will be be travelling down especially to meet us, so it's a great opportunity to have a chat with the impressive new 3SQN generation!

 We have now been advised that we must be ready to move off at 0830, so please arrive in Elizabeth St before that time.

(Nearest rail - MARTIN PLACE.  Free travel is available to veterans wearing medals.)

 The RAAF contingent will be leading the march.  We are lining up along Elizabeth St, starting at Martin Place, up to the corner of Elizabeth+Hunter St., possibly overflowing around the corner and down Hunter St.

There will be a group of WW2 banners and then the 3SQN Banner will be at the start of the "RAAF Post War" grouping.

 Look for the 3SQN Banner.  Contact on the day if any problems: James: 0456-152-262.

If you have not already registered, please do so as soon as possible, but no later than Monday Evening 12 April, so that we have a good idea of numbers.  
(Name and contact phone number of ALL participants.  Please also consider coming to the brunch - see below.)

     Secretary, Vicki CRIGHTON

    Email: vcr63600@bigpond.net.au or Mobile / Txt: 0407-455-137.

 NB: COVID Regulations will apply, so please bring a mask in case it is needed.  (Our Association has already registered as a participant group.)

Lunch: We have booked tables at the Canopy Restaurant/Bar, Ground Floor, 157 Liverpool St, directly opposite the Anzac Memorial.

Everyone who would care to join the Association tables can order their own Brunch from the counter and/or drinks from the bar.

(Please let Vicki know if you are intending to come to the Canopy.)


Pre-Anzac Pilgrimage - Wreath Laying at the 3SQN Memorial at Richmond RAAF Base

Sunday 18 April 2021.  At 10.30 am, till 2.30 pm. 

An invitation to all Association members, especially ex-service personnel from all eras, and their families, who may normally attend NSW ANZAC DAY marches/services and reunions.  It’s a chance to remember, but also a great time to meet up with others or make new mates.  So encourage your mates to come for a good day out! 

The 3 Squadron C.O., WGCGR Matthew HARPER, plus several other serving 3SQN personnel (representing many specialties in the Squadron) will be in attendance. 

The visit to RAAF Richmond, on the Sunday before ANZAC DAY each year, first began after WW2, when ex-members from both world wars would hold a wreath-laying service near the heritage brick Front Gate archway.  In 1958 the 3SQN Memorial was built near the old Church, where the service is held today.

REGISTRATION is required for all attendees.  To give an indication of demand, please email or telephone Vicki (0407-455-137) with full names, contact details, car registration. 
Final Date for RSVP - Wednesday 31/03/2021.  [Details as to Base entry, service and lunch arrangements will be notified directly to registered attendees.]

ADVANCE WARNING!


 

Date TO BE ANNOUNCED.

3SQN Association is intending to combine with The Association of WW1 Aero-Historians on a...

"Behind the Scenes" tour of the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

Guided by museum experts, there will be particular emphasis on the flyable RE-8 - 3AFC's mount in WW1.

 

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3SQN PAST EVENTS

OCTOBER 2019 ASSOCIATION VISIT
to the NEW 3SQN HEADQUARTERS.

Photo Essay


“Can you hear something ticking...?”
 

"OPERATION THOROUGHFARE"

50th Anniversary Reunion
Williamtown NSW - February 2019.

 

Centennial of REMEMBRANCE DAY

Sunday 11th November, 2018, 11am.

ANZAC Memorial, Sydney Hyde Park.

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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