(See below for photos of
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
(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
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile: 0428 599 979
Official celebrations at Tindal (Northern Territory) to
commemorate the 75th year of 75 Squadron. 27-29 April
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
(email@example.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:
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!
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’.
- YOUNG AND OLD ALL WELCOME.
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
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.
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.
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
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")
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Advance Notice: Sat. 29th July 2017. -
Queensland Member’s 2017 Mid-Year Luncheon –
3SQN PAST EVENTS
2016 - 3 Squadron's Canberra
Centennial Plaque Celebrations
10th / 11th February 2016
Chas Wannan, Kittyhawk and Mustang Flight Commander.
[Portrait by Dom O'Donnell]
9th July 2016
28th August 2016
Sydney Anzac Memorial
27th/28th October 2016
"Roll Out the Barrel!"
- 75 Years since 3 Squadron marched out from Richmond to World War II.
Our wonderful Maltese-Australian friend, Frank
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:
Anzac Day 2012
A great day for all of the 3SQN Generations!
[Left to Right:] Terry van Haren, Gus Thomson, Bob Treloar and Arthur
For more photo
coverage: Click Here
[Picture by Dominic O'Donnell]
Williamtown Parade & Family Day - Friday,
September 23, 2011.
3 Squadron’s 95th
Parade of the New Squadron Colours and Family Day
For more parade and airshow photo coverage:
Anzac Day 2011 Sydney
"The old and the bold meet the young and the bold." For more photo
coverage: Click Here
3 Squadron's 94th Birthday Air-Show & Family Day, Friday 17-9-2010
For more photo coverage of the 2010 Family Day:
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
showing NSW Hon. President Tom Russell enjoying a surprise sortie in a
Harvard Trainer, just before presenting a speech at Camden RSL.
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.
for the full-sized image by the RAAF Official Photographer.)
3 Squadron 93rd Birthday Parade,
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
60th Birthday - Butterworth 1976
Early Association Get-Togethers