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 (See below for photos of PAST EVENTS)

Combined Fighter Squadron Associations Convivial Lunch in Hamilton (Newcastle)

Friday, 24 February. 1130 Hrs.

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of 77 Sqn.
Livingstone Airstrip, Darwin, NT, c. Oct 1942. Squadron Leader R. C. ("Dick") Cresswell,
commander of No. 77 Squadron RAAF, standing beside his Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk.
Painted on the side of the aircraft are the flags of the RAAF, Australia, the United Kingdom
(the Union Jack) and the United States.  (In the 1950s Dick Cresswell played a key role
in introducing the Sabre to RAAF service.)

Where: Sydney Junction Hotel, 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton (Newcastle).  Car Park at rear, or catch the train (only one block walk from Hamilton station.)

Members of all Fighter Associations (and their guests and other ex-Air Force Members) are welcome at the lunch, starting with drinks at 1130 hrs.  The usual procedures will apply: pay at the bar for drinks and pay cash at each table for lunch.  Dress: Smart Casual

Please register if you intend to come along.  Registrations close Wed 22 Feb.

Pete Ring says: "The more the merrier. We will book our own room as per last lunch, which was very enjoyable.  It does me heart good to see a bunch of RAAFies filling the room with spirit.  Come and support your Associations.  The Committees look forward to seeing you there.


Anzac Day 2017.  We will have our traditional pilgrimage to the 3 Squadron Memorial at Richmond.

Plus 3SQN marches and reunions in:
Adelaide - Brisbane - Melbourne - Perth - Sydney.
Watch this page for details as they become available.


...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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