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 (See below for photos of PAST EVENTS)

The "Boxing Kangaroo" on a 450 Squadron Kittyhawk.

450 Squadron RAAF 76th Anniversary of Departure Memorial Service and Luncheon.  Sunday 9th April 2017.    (RSVP 27 March.)

MEMORIAL SERVICE 10.30am (please be in position by no later than 10.45am).  ANZAC MEMORIAL, Hyde Park, SYDNEY NSW 2000. 
(Although the lower level of the War Memorial is undergoing major renovations, we have been assured that the upper level of the building, the ‘Hall of Memory’ is still open.  Please enter by the Nth Steps –from the ‘Pool of Reflection’)

LUNCHEON  12.30pm The Canopy Restaurant (5 minute walk from the War Memorial) 157 Liverpool Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.  No set menu—pay on day.

To assist with the catering booking, please respond no later than Monday 27th March.

Please contact Sandi Nipperess, Secretary/Webmaster, 450 Squadron RAAF Association Inc., PO Box W79, CESSNOCK WEST NSW 2325.  Email: secretary@450squadronraaf.org.au.  Mobile: 0428 599 979

Official celebrations at Tindal (Northern Territory) to commemorate the 75th year of 75 Squadron. 27-29 April 2017.

WGCDR Grant is really keen to have 75 Sqn association members visit the squadron from 27-29 April 2017 and is putting together a program to allow us to see the workings of a contemporary operational squadron and meet socially with squadron members. The schedule of event so far involves:

Thursday 27 April - Squadron visit during a usual working day with an ability to see mission briefings, flight line operations, aircraft launch and recovery and various sections at work
Friday 28 April - Open day to have a closer look at the aircraft and simulator and mix socially with squadron members and families followed by a Squadron Dining In night with a pig (or two) on a spit
Saturday 29 April - Road trip for those interested to Kununurra to visit the memorial for JP Conlan’s memorial

Tindal is a long way from anywhere.  When locations for official celebrations were considered early last year, Tindal was chosen to maximise the involvement of our current serving members.  They are the future of both our defence force and association.  I understand that getting there is very difficult, but I think this represents a great opportunity for us to see how a how the squadron does its business these days.  I will ask CO 75 what options exist for accommodation on base, and potentially any support for travel to and from Darwin, and let people know.

Can you please let Daryl Pudney (daryl.pudney@bigpond.com) know in the first instance:

1. If you will be going or;
2. You would really like to go but need support in getting there - particularly those of the WW2 era.

It will be a fantastic event in true 75 Squadron Tindal style.  The squadron only turns 75 once...  And the 100th anniversary is a long way away!!  Katherine is in the heart of the Northern Territory and an easy drive to Kakadu, Darwin, Mataranka and of course Katherine Gorge. There is plenty to see and do outside of what the squadron has planned for us.

National Commemoration of Bomber Command 75th Anniversary. 
Sunday, 4 June 2017
.  (RSVP 24 April.)


The Minister of Veterans’ Affairs has made available a grant to assist interstate veterans of Bomber Command to attend the national commemoration at the Australian War Memorial on 4 June.  The grant will provide partial re-imbursement of veterans’ travel and accommodation expenses.  (The precise amount of re-imbursement cannot be estimated until the numbers of veterans and their points of departure are known.)  It is important that veterans indicate their expressions of interest by 24 April, so that an estimate of the amount of re-imbursement can be provided to them in sufficient time for them to make an informed decision on whether or not to accept the re-imbursement offered and make necessary bookings.

For application forms, contact: Peter Colliver  E-mail: natsec@raafa.org.au

3 Squadron Anzac Day 2017. 

Picture by Dom O'Donnell

- If on holidays in another State, remember that you’re most welcome to join in with the local crew!


Adelaide Pre-Anzac Lunch, Monday 24 April: Tonsley Hotel, 1274 South Road, Clovelly Park, at 12 Noon for 12.30.  Bookings: Tonsley Hotel direct 08-8276-8099, and add names to the table booking under ‘Kinnear’. 

Anzac Day March, Tuesday 25 April:  Assemble in North Terrace, west of “Elder Hall” (University of Adelaide) at 0930.  Placard “RAAF Middle East” group. 



Anzac Day March: Despite building works and the threat of change, the march will cover the same route as in previous years and our muster point will be as usual; in William Street adjacent to Queen’s Gardens.  The Air Force will step off “last” of the Services this year, with an estimated assembly time of 10:00hrs.  - Please remember to bring water and a hat.

Lunch at the Jade Buddha Bar and Restaurant, at No.1 Eagle Street, Brisbane.  (Cost $25/head for food.) 



Anzac Day March: Form up by 1045 in Flinders St., east of Federation Square near the 3SQN banner.  Move off by 1100.  Contact Roger Watts, 0418 379-290.



Anzac March:  Tuesday 25th April.  Meet in St Georges Terrace at 9am, between William and Barrack Streets (behind Fighter Squadrons Assn).  After the march, please proceed directly to East Fremantle Yacht Club
(1 Petra Street).  Arrive 1230 for luncheon (your choice from the menu) served at 1300.  ALL MEMBERS, PARTNERS AND FRIENDS (especially 79 SQN Pearce) ARE CORDIALLY INVITED.  A  Sailing Competition for the Anzac Day Shield will be followed by Entertainment.  Contact Felix Sainsbury (08) 9337-6016, no later than Thursday 20th April.



Annual Pilgrimage to 3SQN Memorial, RAAF Base Richmond; Sunday 2nd April.  All members, friends and rellies are very welcome.  It is essential to advise attendee names and vehicle rego by 21st March.  Please phone Vicki on (02) 9487-2662.  Foregather in the carpark at the NEW main base security gate by 10.30am.  (Dight St. Richmond, 1km WEST of the old entry, near the roundabout featuring a Hercules tail-fin.)  We will be proceeding into the Base in convoy.  After the service and wreath-laying ceremony, we will have a BYO family picnic.

Sydney Anzac March, Tuesday 25th April:  Marching course similar to last year.  Form-up in Castlereagh Street just north of Martin Place (look for the 3SQN banner and “March Card No.19”, facing north towards Hunter St.)  We have been asked to form-up at 10am. (Please NOTE earlier time.)

Sydney Anzac Day Luncheon: Pullman Hotel, 36 College St.  From 1200hrs, Two-Course Lunch (initial drinks included, extra alcohol at own expense).
ONLINE BOOKINGS: $65 per head if booked before 31st March.  (After that date, the cost is $75.  Last date for acceptance 18th April.) 
http://raafansw.com/users/functions.php .
Please type-in your 3SQN affiliation for table allocation.  Online bank funds-transfer is preferred, but cheque payment form also available via the website.  - Enquiries Geoff Peterkin (02) 4956-6618.



...And on the other side of the World:

The F-86 Sabre Pilots Association in the USA will hold their 21st ("and last") reunion 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 (r.ian.flett@gmail.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.


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2016 - 3 Squadron's Canberra Centennial Plaque Celebrations

10th / 11th February 2016

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

Our Point Cook 3AFC Centennial Commemoration

9th July 2016

Members of the Australian Flying Corps prepare a Deperdussin training aircraft for take-off. A member of the ground crew is about to swing the propeller to start the engine. (This photograph is ...

Richmond "Centenary of the NSW State Aviation School"

28th August 2016

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

Sydney Anzac Memorial

Williamtown "Centenary of Australia's WW1 Combat Squadrons"

27th/28th October 2016


 "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

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

Curtis P-40E-1 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft ('Polly') in Aircraft


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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