Anzac Day 2018 - Advance Notice
25th April 2018
3 Squadron Association events in Richmond NSW, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Please check this listing closer to the date for full details.
The RAAF and the Royal Malaysian Air Force have commenced planning a celebration for the coming
60th Anniversary of the Formation of RAAF Base Butterworth.
This event will occur during the week of 25 to 30 June, 2018.
All readers who may enjoy a “return” to Butterworth should note this in their diaries.
Further details of the event will be published as plans are developed.
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.
February 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 3SQN Mirage deployment to RAAF Butterworth [“Operation Thoroughfare”].
With this in mind, plans are in the initial stages to hold a 50th reunion of the deployment, probably at RAAF Williamtown.
QLD Secretary Bill "Blue" Farrell has obtained a list of all the personnel involved, and is currently trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the following remaining 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.
Chas Wannan, Kittyhawk and Mustang Flight Commander. [Portrait by Dom O'Donnell]
For more photo
coverage and the background story:
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]
For more parade and airshow photo coverage: Click Here
"The old and the bold meet the young and the bold." For more photo coverage: Click Here
For more photo coverage of the 2010 Family Day: Click Here
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.
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
3 Squadron's 85th Birthday at Nelson Bay, 18- 20 September 2001
3SQN's 60th Birthday - Butterworth 1976
Early Association Get-Togethers