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

FIGHTER SQUADRONS LUNCH - SYDNEY

FRIDAY 8TH JUNE.

Managed by 76 Squadron Association. Hornsby RSL Club. Own room and bar with drinks at club prices.

11.30 bar opens, two-course meal served at tables from 12.30 (mains, sweets and coffee station)

Association Members, Partners and Guests all welcome.

Cost $40, payable at the door.

Registration required - see: https://fsb.raafansw.org.au/users/functions.php?mode=view&fid=91 

All bookings must be finalised no later than Tuesday 5th June

The RAAF and the Royal Malaysian Air Force are planning a celebration for the coming...

60th Anniversary of the Formation of RAAF Base Butterworth. 

Gathering during the week of 25 to 30 June, 2018

If you'd enjoy a “return” to Butterworth!  

Parade and Flypast on 29 June - Base Entry 0815.
- ESSENTIAL that you book-in for Base entry, following the instructions on:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/108668606621346/permalink/182109242610615/
 

Jimmy (‘Scotty’) POTTER (ex-3SQN 1972-74 MCS) now lives in Scotland and says: “Hope I won’t be the only ‘Lizard’ prowling around.  We’re all getting on now and this might be the last time I can afford to meet up with anyone who I knew back then.  Dave BELL from the Wallabies, now with restoration flight, is coming up with his wife.  I did make a few contacts with the Bayview Resort Batu Feringhi, which has great facilities including a BBQ area that we can utilise.  The Bayview Hotel (the old Merlin) in Georgetown have indicated they would be interested as Meet-and-Greet Venue.
- Secondly, anyone know the whereabouts of John DAY or Billy SCHOEGRUBER, anyone who was in MCS 72-74, or indeed anyone who might remember me?  (Except ones that I might owe money to!) 
- Time to light the fire and put the kettle on. 
Bye for now, hope to hear from you soon.  Jimmy.”
 

 Fighter Squadrons'
"Black Friday" Lunch
Friday 13th July, 2018 – Newcastle

Sydney Junction Hotel (Hudson Room),
8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, Newcastle
Friday 13th July 2018.  From 11:30

Hosted by 77 Squadron

Please book online by Wed 11th July:

https://fsb.raafansw.org.au/users/functions.php?mode=view&fid=90.

Partners and guests welcome.

3SQN Queensland Mid-Year Luncheon

Saturday 28th July - Currumbin QLD.

Why not book some accommodation and make it a Sunshine Coast weekend!
Please contact Blue Farrell.
 

Sabre Pilots' Reunion - Vancouver Canada

Friday Sep 7th to Monday Sep 10th, 2018.

A warm invitation is extended to RAAF Sabre Pilots (and their significant others) to attend this 2018 Canadian reunion. 


Sabre condensation trails in a turning dogfight.

No need to pre-pay, but please register early.  
Click http://spaads-reunion.ca/ for details and registration.  
This will be a great occasion to experience the acclaimed SPAADS camaraderie as well as an opportunity to enjoy a memorable vacation that could include side trips in British Columbia, or an Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise.
 

‘A Gathering of Eagles’

78 Eventful Years since the Pivotal "Battle of Britain"

Multi-day event be held in Hobart
on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September 2018.

To commemorate the deeds and sacrifices of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Air  Force,
Allies, and all Air Forces in all conflicts past and present.

Also your opportunity to view the outstanding Hobart RAAF Association Museum.

For full details of event programme, discount accommodation recommendations, and booking contacts, see http://www.raafatas.com/158198749
 

50-Year Reunion.
Operation Thoroughfare Jubilee.
16 and 17 February 2019.

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.
 

 

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3SQN PAST EVENTS

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

http://www.adf-messageboard.com.au/invboard/uploads/post-12-1284970942.jpg
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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