Fighter Squadrons Branch

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Fred Barnes

RAAF GD Pilot

Died 05 Aug 2018 Aged 93

 

Fred was a liked and well-respected man, a great pilot and officer. A brief summary of his career:

Fred joined the RAAF 1943, served in 77 Sqn 1945;

British Commonwealth Occupation Force (77 Sqn) 1946-49;
77 Sqn Korea 1950-51 (awarded US Air Medal 1950);

Aircraft Research &Development Unit, Woomera, SA, 1951-54 (test pilot flying Pika for Jindivik Project);

On exchange with USAF 1954-55, served with 479 Fighter Wing flying F-86F and F-100A;

Commanding Officer 3 Squadron (Sabres) 1956-57;

Attended RAAF Staff College 1958;
Personnel staff 1959, then involved on Mirage Project 1962;

Commanding Officer 20CU 1963-65;

Deputy Director of Operational Requirements 1965-66;

Air Attache Paris 1966-67;

Air Staff Officer, Butterworth 1968-71;

Attended Royal College of Defence Studies, London, 1972;

Director General Personnel Air Force 1973-76;

Officer Commanding RAAF Williamtown, NSW, 1976-77;

Air Officer Commanding Support Command 1977-79;

AVM Barnes was Deputy Chief of the Air Staff from 1979-1981.

 

 

Vale Frederick William Barnes

Good and True Australian

 

 

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Milt Cottee

Pilot

Died 01 May 2018 Aged 91

With deep gravity we mourn the passing of our wonderful friend and colleague, Milt Cottee.
Milt died this morning, 1st May 2018, in Claire Holland Hospice Canberra, after a long battle with liver cancer.

Milt spent a brief period in the RAAF from 1944, but was discharged as the War ended. While at Sydney University he rejoined for pilot training, receiving his wings at East Sale in 1949. On posting to ARDU the perplexed CO Gel Cuming sent him and fellow pilot Ray Trebilco to a series of operational units to 'gain enough experience for test pilot training.

Following 18 hours of Mustang conversion at 21 Squadron, Milt was posted to 77 Squadron at Iwakuni Japan. It was planned to soon return to Australia, but when war broke out in Korea, Milt was on the first Mustang mission in South Korea.

After 50 Mustang missions he moved back to Sale for QFI training, and then to 22 Squadron Sydney, where he instructed on Wirraways and Mustangs, and later flew the Vampire 30 and 35. In 1954 he was a CFS instructor on Tiger Moths, Wirraways, Dakotas, both Lincoln and Vampire Mks.

But in late 1954 he went to ARDU for two flights in the prototype Sabre 901, and then by RAF Hastings from Mallala to UK for ETPS training in 1955. He spent several years at Boscombe Down on development testing, including the RAF Comet 2C, Valiant, Victor and Vulcan, including RAF hot weather trials in Libya and later trials at Edinburgh and Woomera while he was at Air Trials Unit in 1960-61, before he was posted back to ARDU.

Milt completed RAAF Staff College in 1965 as new wing commander, and then took command of 36 Squadron flying C130As, followed by a posting as F111 Project Manager in Washington in 1969.

Later Milt worked in Air Force Headquarters Operational Requirements Division, before moving to the Reserve to take up a managerial role in the French OFEMA defence company, before moving to General Dynamics Corporation where he actively marketed the F16A to Australia, as well as many other important products such as Phalanx.

In his latter years Milt was an active supporter of the Australian Flight Test Society, especially the history of test pilots since WW2.

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Vale Milt Cottee
Good and True Australian


LEST WE FORGET

RAAF Eng Aero

Died 24 Apr 2018 Aged 92

Sadly we advise the passing of our good friend and colleague Max Bevan.

In 1943, Max Bevan joined the RAAF and qualified as an Aircraft Technician in the days when flying machines were held together with fabric and glue.

In 1945 he saw service in South East Asia and the Pacific islands until the end of hostilities when he left the service, but not long after, owing to shortage of work, he rejoined by passing an entry trade test, thus avoiding repeat Rookie courses.

In 1949 he was sent to Japan as member of No 481 (Maintenance) Squadron, 81 Wing (Occupational Forces). Following this he was posted to 77 Squadron in Korea.

Max was later commissioned and began service in the Engineering Branch as a qualified ENG AERO.

His career included postings at Richmond (Neptune Aircraft), Staff positions at Support Command and CO Maintenance Squadron East Sale. He resigned as a Wing Commander in 1973.

Max was a well liked, very well respected individual and competent operator as an Engineer Officer.


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Vale WGCDR Max Bevan
Good and True Australian


LEST WE FORGET

RAAF Flight Mechanic 77 Sqn

Died 13 Aug 2017

Vale Jim Halliday,  WW 2  Flight Mechanic, Sep 42 - Jan 46, Life Member and past President of 77 Sqn Association 1985 to 1992.

The Association owes Jim a big debt as he was one of the very early members..  He was made a Life Member in appreciation of his efforts for the Association.   Both he and Betty have been among our most solid members and have travelled far and wide to attend functions,  WA included.  

Vale Jim Halliday: Good and True Australian

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Jim wrote the following about his life.

A PACIFIC ISLAND SOJOURN

by Jim Halliday

 

To celebrate my 18th birthday I enlisted in the Air Force.  Two weeks later I found myself in Sydney’s Bradfield Park, armed with a knife, fork and spoon, an enamel mug and a cut lunch to begin my new life.  It was here I had a medical, wrote out my will, had an aptitude test and was fitted out in an Air Force blue uniform.

It was decided  I had a natural propensity for mechanics for which I was duly trained at Ultimo Technical College while being billeted at Coogee Bay Hotel which had been commandeered by the military for the duration (it was a hard life!!)  I subsequently spent many months training in Tocumwal for overseas service. 

In February 1944 I joined 77 Squadron at Goodenough Island and stayed with them to Los Negros, where our cook got a MID for feeding us while under enemy attack  ( I got dengue fever) then Noemfoor, Moratai and finally Labuan Island, Borneo.  It was termed island-hopping, no hopping about it !!  Every piece of equipment, ammunition, workshop gasoline, tents, kitchen stores, etc had to be loaded onto trucks and driven onto the waiting L.T.Ds.  That was a driving lesson in itself, for it was all hands on deck for loading and unloading …. Some of the cruising was pleasant!

On August 13th 1945 after 18 months in the South West Pacific Islands, my overseas service came to an end.  The Adjutant  called the roll, then announced the following men were going south, meaning HOME.  My name was among about the dozen or so called out, then the Adjutant told us we had 30 minutes to get ready.  Some bright spark at the back yelled out “what will we do in the other 25? Sir”. 

I arrived back in Sydney ten days before my 21st birthday.  I was discharged in February 1946 after a very happy extended leave.

RAAF Pilot 77 Squadron

Died 08 May 2017 Aged 94

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Group Captain Gordon Harvey DFC RAAF

Fighter pilot and Korean War POW

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North Korea is well known today for its ruthless and at times brutal regime. If anything, it was even harsher during the Korean war. Allied POWs were severely mistreated, suffering physically and mentally and sometimes dying as a result.

Six RAAF pilots and an RAF colleague flying with 77 Squadron in the war became POWs. Unlike many others, all seven survived the bashings, forced marches, malnutrition and other inhuman treatment routinely inflicted on POWs by their fanatical captors and lived to tell their tale.

Gordon Harvey was one of the six RAAF POWs. He was at Iwakuni in Japan when the war broke out on 25 June 1950, flying Mustangs with 77 Squadron as part of the Allied occupation forces. From there he flew on the squadrons first mission over the north escorting USAF B-29 bombers attacking a communist airfield during the first week in July.

The squadron soon switched to the ground attack role for most missions. This was demanding and dangerous work that took a steady toll on aircraft and pilots, but his luck held, he survived seven months of ground attack and was awarded a DFC for his part in this work.

Then, on 19 January 1951 during a 12 aircraft attack on the Chinese Army HQ at Pyongyang, his engine was hit by ground fire and lost power. He calmly announced he was going to belly land this aircraft, did so and climbed out unharmed.

Running low on fuel, the other Mustangs called for a rescue helicopter and returned home. Some time later a USAF Mustang arrived, provided some top cover and dropped a note saying a helicopter was on the way. But it was almost dark and no helicopter arrived. A dawn flight by the squadron next day found his downed aircraft with signs of activity around it, but no pilot. Gordon Harvey was now a POW and would remain so for 32 months.

His first five weeks in captivity were very severe, being spent in a North Korean prison they called Poks Palace after the ruthless major in charge. They rose at 5:30 each day, went to bed at sunset and were given only two meagre meals of rice or sorghum and some weak vegetable soup each day.

In late April he escaped, along with two Americans. Recaptured, they were treated so badly one of the Americans died. Gordon was put in a two metre deep hole for 45 days until all the prisoners were moved to a Chinese camp near the Yalu river. Here the physical treatment was a little less harsh, but they were forced to attend political lectures for eight hours a day and appear attentive or face punishment.

Despite all this abuse he recovered, was soon fit to fly again, and went on to a long RAAF career. In this he was no doubt helped by a quiet but determined manner, and high professional and personal standards. Ex-RAAF chief Jake Newham recently described him as: one of the finest; upright in every sense and a great pilot.

This view is borne out by his post-Korea career that included commanding both 76 and 77 Squadrons, a tour with the fledgling Malaysian Air Force helping it get established; an exchange tour with the USAF flying F-100 Super Sabres and time as the air attach in Paris.

In all, he spent three years and a month in Korea seven months fighting the Communists and 32 months being mistreated by them. The war ended in 1953, 64 years ago, and would be unknown to most Australians were it not for the outrageous behaviour of North Koreas communist regime.

As it is, there are almost daily reminders of that while Korea is still divided and the north is still run by ruthless fanatics, South Korea is democratic and free - thanks in no small part to men like Gordon Harvey.

May he rest in peace.

 

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Vale

Gordon was one the finest: upright in every sense, and a great pilot.

https://fsb.raafansw.org.au/images/GordonHarvey.jpg

He fought in the Korean War from the outset with No 77 Squadron flying Mustangs

He was shot down and captured attacking a target in Pyongyang in Jan 1951 from which he spent some two and a half years as POW and was released on 29 Aug 1953.

Gordon commanded both 76 and 77 Squadrons:
- as a SQNLDR - No 77 Squadron from 14 April 1958 to 1 February 1960.
- as a WGCDR - No 76 Squadron from March 1964 to April 1966.

He will be remembered as a leader with diligence, purpose and fairness to all under his command.

A34229 Eng

Died 23 Oct 2016 Aged 86

Korean Veteran serving there 1953 to 1954 as an LAC Engine Fitter

 

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Vale Paul Shimmen.  Good and True Australian

O21661 RAAF Photographer

Died 08 May 2016 Aged 85

Vale William Francis MURPHY (aka "Spud").  He died at Werribee,  Victoria, on Sunday 8th  May, 2016, aged 85 years.  

After joining the RAAF on 7th February, 1949, and undergoing recruit training at RAAF, Richmond, NSW, and training as a photographer at the School of Photography, RAAF, East Sale, he served at various postings, mainly Central Photographic Establishment Laverton, before being posted  to 391  Wing, Iwakuni Japan. As a Sgt photographer (A21661) he served two tours with 77 Squadron at  USAF base, Kimpo.

He remained in the RAAF, retiring as a Squadron Leader in 1968.  He leaves a widow of over 60 years, Una, and two adult children and their families.

All had a lot of time for Bill.  He worked tirelessly on the new Point Cook Memorial.  He always had an encouraging word or two to settle people.   

He was a loyal supporter of 77 Squadron and the Association.

His ill health over the last couple of years was a concern to all who knew him.

Korea Airframe Fitter 77 Sqn

Died 24 Aug 2015 Aged 81

Dinga served as an Air Force Apprentice, then Airframe Fitter and then Flight Engineer.  He then had a career in Qantas.

Dinga served with 77 Sqn in Korea from Jul 1954.  He also served with 36SQN during Vietnam.

Dinga was a valued member of 77 Sqn Association.  He was always willing to cheerfully and actively contribute.  He will be missed.

Our condolences are extended to his wife Gwen, daughter Carolyn and all his family.

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Farewell Dinga 
Good and True Australian 

 

RAAF GD Pilot

Died 11 Feb 2015 Aged 88

Joined RAAF 1943, trained under EATS in Aust. & Canada, graduated as Sgt Pilot 1944 and based in New Guinea and Darwin;
Converted to Mustangs 1946, then served with 78 Sqn;
Flew Mustangs in Japan 1948;
First RAAF mission in Korean War 1950;
Commissioned 1950 (MID, US DFC & Air Medal);
Served with 3 Sqn 1951;
Flying Instructor Course 1955;
CO 75 Sqn 1956,
Formed Meteorites (first official RAAF aerobatics team);
CFS 1957;
Exchange posting with USAF 1958, flying F-100 and F-104;
Chief Fllying Instructor 2 OCU;
CO 76 Sqn;
RAAF Staff College 1962;
Director Operational Research;
Led Operation Fast Caravan 1967 (Deployment of Mirages to Butterworth)
CO 75 Sqn (Mirages) Butterworth, Malaysia, 1966-68;
OC RAAF Contingent Ubon, Thailand, 1968;
Principal Staff Officer & Senior Admin Staff Officer, HQ Support Command 1969;
OC RAAF Williamtown, NSW, 1973-75;
Royal College of Defence Studies 1975;
RAAF Director General Tactical Fighter Project, 1976-77;
Commander IADS 1977;
Chief of Air Force Ops. 1981-82 , Retired RAAF 1982;
Director Australian War Memorial 1982-1987

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Bon Voyage
James Hilary Flemming
Good and True Australian

RAAF GDPLT

Died 07 May 2014 Aged 91

Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville Patrick McNamara, KBE, AO, AFC, AE (17 April 1923 – 7 May 2014) was a senior commander of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He served as Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), the RAAF's highest-ranking position, from 1979 until 1982, and as Chief of the Defence Force Staff (CDFS), Australia's top military role at the time, from 1982 until 1984. He was the second RAAF officer to hold the rank of air chief marshal.[1][2]

Born in Queensland, NevilleMcNamara joined the RAAF during World War II and saw action in the South West Pacific, flying P-40 Kittyhawks. He also flew combat missions in Gloster Meteors during the Korean War. In 1961, he was awarded the Air Force Cross for his leadership of No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit. He gained further operational experience heading the RAAF presence in Ubon, Thailand, in the late 1960s. Promoted to air commodore, Neville McNamara was Commander RAAF Forces Vietnam, and Deputy Commander Australian Forces Vietnam, in 1971–72, for which he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. As Deputy Chief of the Air Staff in 1976, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia. Knighted while CAS in 1980, he retired after completing his term as CDFS in 1984.

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Farewell Sir Neville McNamara
Good and True Australian

RAAF Pilot 77 Squadron

Died 01 Dec 2013 Aged 87

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Barry joined RAAF in 1950 Pilot training on Tiger Moths and Wirraways before going to Williamtown for Mustang conversion in preparation for service in Korea 1951. However, that plan was cancelled and instead, Barry went to Middle East Cyprus and then to 78 Wing, 75 Squadron Malta as a Sergeant Pilot.

Flying British Vampires, he formed an aerobatic team with Vic Oborn, Les Reading and Tony Armstrong. In Malta he took part in a 700 aircraft Coronation Flypast.

In June 1959, Barry founded the original No 78 Wing Sabre Aerobatic Display team. Team members included Barry with Mick Parer (drawn from No 77 Squadron) and Peter Dart and Ted Radford (drawn from No3 Squadron) with Dennis Stenhouse as standby. This team performed in Manila, Philippines in Nov 1959.

Among his qualifications, Barry qualified as a Category 'A' Instuctor at Central Flying School and graduated from No 6 Fighter Combat Instructor Course at Williamtown in Sep 1960.

In 1961, following approval for the formation of a new Sabre Aerobatic team in No 75 Squadron, Barry was appointed leader of the new “Black Diamonds” Aerobatic Team with John Pyman (No 2), Mick Parer (No 3), Maurie Baston (No4) and Major Steve Shiner USAF (No 5 - the solo demonstrator). Performances by this team displayed sequences based on new ideas and past experience, along with discussions with Major 'Fitz', the leader of the USAF Thunderbirds formation display team. [Refer article pp 6-7 http://issuu.com/aussiebard/docs/spring-2011]

Barry was a dedicated and loyal operator, was held in high esteem by his peers and enjoyed the camaraderie of the service. One such anecdote involved Barry, in a happy but somewhat inebriated state, where he had the misfortune, whilst driving service car, to not just prang the vehicle but he deftly selected the prang site to be outside a Police Station and neatly included several police vehicles as his target!

Barry also served in Butterworth and Ubon.

RAAF GD Pilot 77 Squadron

Died 24 May 2013 Aged 87

Joined the RAAF in 1943. In Korea, he flew 98 combat missions in Mustangs and 90 in Meteors. He was noted for his repeated dive bombing, rocket and strafing attacks from dangerously low-levels. He damaged one MiG-15 and had the honour of flying the last Mustang mission and the first Meteor jet mission for the RAAF.
He was one of the four signatories to this famous painting “Meteor Strike” by Frank Wootton.
Les Reading served as a squadron pilot with No 75 Squadron of No 78 (F) Wing
which was based in Malta 1952-1954. Here he flew as a wing solo of the first
RAAF jet aerobatic team, newly equipped with de Havilland Vampires and which
demonstrated in Tunisia, Libya, Cyprus and Malta.

Les Reading commanded three RAAF fighter units including 77 Squadron before retiring as a Group Captain.

HONOURS & AWARDS:
Distinguished Flying Cross
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australia Service Medal 1939-45
Korea Medal
United Nations Service Medal - Korea
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasps ‘KOREA’ ‘MALAYSIA’
General service Medal 1945-75 with Clasps ‘BORNEO’ ‘MALAY PENINSULA’
Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasps ‘JAPAN’ ‘SE ASIA’ ‘MIDDLE EAST’
Defence Force Service Medal with First and Second Clasps
National Medal with First Clasp
Australian Defence Medal
Pingat Jasa Malaysia
United States Air Medal
Returned from Active Service Badge

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A great man and a great friend.

Died 11 Jan 2013

One of the first to join the ATC when it was formed in 1941.  Enlisted when he turned 18 and trained as a Flight Rigger (Airframe) at 7 SFTS at Deniliquin.  Was accepted as Air Crew but decided to stay in ground crew and see more action!!  Served with 77 Squadron at Morotai Island and Labuan.  See Swift to Destroy.  Bruce was made a Life Member of the Association in appreciation of his work from its formation.

 

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Bruce was one of the original members of 77 Squadron Association and contributed a lot to its development and success. The Association was proud to make and have him as a life member.

Farewell Bruce

Good and True Australian

 

 

RAAF GDPLT 77Sqn

Died 22 Dec 2010 Aged 94yrs

2010-08-06

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During World War II he served with the 31 Squadron and 77 Squadron in the Royal Australian Air Force. In 1953 he was instrumental in establishing the 77 Squadron Association which became the Kittyhawk Squadrons' Association. In 1979 the name changed to the Fighter Squadrons' Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association.

RAAF SD AIRTC 77Sqn

Died 25 Sep 2010 Aged 60yrs

RAAF GDPLT 77 Sqn

Died 10 May 2009 Aged 86yrs

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Ross Glassop passed away on 10 May 2009 he was 86.

During WW2 Ross Glassop did a tour with 4 Squadron flying Boomerangs in New Guinea. He received a DFC for his operational achievements during the period.

After the war he was appointed to the position of Chief Flying Instructor at No 2 OTU Williamtown. At the time 2 OTU was engaged converting pilots to the Mustang for tours of duty in Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). Many of these pilots later flew Mustangs in the early stages of the Korean War.

In 1951 he went to Korea and was awarded a bar to his DFC. He commanded RAAF Darwin in the mid 60 period and became well known to the people involved with the 81 Wing Sabre Detachment. In addition, he will be remembered by the 1960/70 Butterworth crowd as the OC of Ubon in 1964. In 1966-69 he commanded 78 Wing in Malaysia.

Ross Glassop had a long and distinguished RAAF career. He will be remembered for all the right reasons.

RAAF GDPLT 77 Sqn, 75Sqn

Died 31 Aug 2008 Aged 43yrs

RAAF 77, 3,75,76, 79 Sqns

Died 05 Mar 2007 Aged 82yrs

Rod Hanstein completed his training in the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada in 1945. on return to Australia at the conclusion of WWII he undertook a short spell as a specialist navigator instructor at Point Cook after which he was converted to Mustang Fighters at No.2 Operational Training Unit, followed by a posting to Malta. In Malta he was part of the RAAF fighter wing comprising 75 and 76 squadrons where he began to fly Vampire jet fighters.
He married Adele Hanstein in 1952.
In 1954 Rod converted to Meteor fighters and began ground duties as commander of Air Training Corps in Melbourne and aide to the Commonwealth Games.
In 1959 Rod moved to head a fighter squadron which was equipped with Sabres. This lead him to Butterworth, Malaysia and to war where he was commander of 3 Squadron. During this time he had a close brush with death when his Sabre went into an uncontrollable spin. Rod ejected from the fighter and landed successfully.
He was then posted to Thailand where he commanded 79 Squadron and Ubon Base where he worked with the U.S. Forces against Communism.
On return to Australia Rod was appointed Assistant Director of Operations at Headquarters in Canberra and was awarded the rank of Wing Commander.

 

RAAF GD Plt 77 Squadron

Died 12 Dec 2006 Aged 86 yrs

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RAAF 75Sqn, 77 Sqn

Died 25 May 2006 Aged 82 yrs

RAAF O 221397 GDPLT 77 Sqn

Died 15 Dec 2005 Aged 59yrs

PILOT

Died 25 Nov 2005

Served with the Army in New Guinea until his age (16) was uncovered and he was sent home.  When he turned 18 he joined the RAAF, did basic flying training and went to Canada under the ETS, WW2 ended before he saw combat and he went back to civilian life only to re-join the RAAF and was posted to Iwakuni.  He flew in the first combat mission in Korea.  Had two tours in Korea and flew in total 244 missions.    He was awarded the DFC and Mentioned in Despatches.  He also received the USA DFC and the US Air Medal.   Dick left the RAAF in 1955

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Farewell Dick 
Good and True Australian 

 

GD Plt

Died 23 Jul 2005 Aged 77

Education: Canterbury High School, NSW;

Air Cadet RAAF College. Pt. Cook 1948-51;

Served 77 Sqn Korea 1952. Awarded DFC and US Air Medal;(DFC Citation - DFC promulgated on 7 Jul 1953 reads “For outstanding service as a member of the 77th Interceptor Fighter Squadron, Korea.  Had flown 139 sorties against the enemy.”)

On exchange RAF 1952-55;

Pers. Asst to CAS 1957-59;

Attended RAAF Staff Coll. 1959;

Commanding Officer 76 Sqn 1960-61,

Commanding Officer 3 Sqn Malaya 1961-63;

Staff Duties 1963-66;

OC RAAF Contingent Ubon, Thailand, 1965;

CO 1 Sqn 1967;

with 2 Sqn Vietnam 1967 (Acting CO),

Mentioned In Despatches 1968;

Officer Commanding 82 Wing 1969-70;

Staff Duties Dept. of Air 1970-72;

Attended Royal College of Defence Studies 1973;

Senior Training & Air Staff Officer HQ Support Command;

Air Attache Washington 1975-78;

Chief of Air Force Materiel Supply;

Deputy Chief Air Staff 1981-83;

Asst CDFS 1983 (retd.);

Director Australian Aircraft Consortium 1984-86,

M.T.G. (Aust.) 1987-89;

Bill was widely regarded and a popular leader amongst the entire Fighter Community and the wider RAAF Community.

Vale Bill Hughes: Good and True Australian

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Bill was widely regarded and a popular leader amongst the entire Fighter Community and the wider RAAF Community.

Vale Bill Hughes: Good and True Australian

RAAF GD Pilot 77 Sqn

Died 15 Jun 2005

RAAF O14698 GDPLT DCAS 1987-90

Died 31 Aug 2001 Aged 65yrs

RAAF GDPLT 77 Sqn

Died 10 Nov 1998 Aged 73yrs

RAAF O33260 GDPLT 77Sqn

Died 15 Jun 1998

RAAF Jan. 1945 as aircrew trainee, transferred to language trg (Japanese); served as linguist in Japan with 381 Sqn and Combined Services Interrogation Unit 1946-47; flying trg 1948; served with 77 Sqn Japan & Korea 1949-51, completing two combat tours (US Air Medal 1950 & MID 1951), commissioned 1950; completed Russian language course Pt.Cook 1952-53; 2 OCU 1953-54; sent to UK for advanced linguistic studies 1954-56; Air Trials Unit, Woomera, SA, for flying duties in connexion with Jindivik project 1957; attended RAAF Staff Coll. 1960; flying duties with 77 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia & Ubon, Thailand 196164 (temp. CO 1962-64); attended US Armed Forces Staff Coll. 1965, then performed int liaison duties with Air Attache Washington 1966-67; CO 2 OCU 1968-70; Defence Attache Tokyo 1970-73; Dir. Pers Services 1973-74; attended Royal Coll. of Def Studies London 1975; OC RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia, 197677; Dir-Gen. Operation Requirements Air Force 1977-79; AOC Support Comd 1979-80; Chief of Air Force Personnel 1981-82 (retd.)

RAAF O 33119 GDPLT HQOC 1978-79

Died 07 Sep 1990 Aged 68yrs

RAAF 1941 -1979
RAAF 1941, served with RAF (3 Sqn in Europe, 180 Sqn) 1941-46; BCOF Japan (77 Sqn, HQ BCAir) 1948-50; 77 Sqn Korea 1950-51 (awarded US Air Medal 1950); CO 76 Sqn & CO 378 Sqn Malta 1952-54; attended RAAF Staff Coll.; CO 22 Sqn 1958, 75 Sqn 1959-61; Staff Offr, Dept. Air 1964-66; OC RAAF Townsville 1966-67; Task Force Air Comdr Vietnam 1968-69; Staff Offr HQ Op. Comd 1969-71; Dir. Joint Ops & Plans, Dept. of Def. 1971-74; Comdr of Air Component ANZUK Singapore 1974; Comdr IADS Malaysia-Singapore 1975-77; Chief of Air Force Ops 1978; AOC Op. Comd 1978-79 (retd.)

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Farewell 
Good and True Australian

RAAF O11391 GDPLT 77 Sqn

Died 12 Jul 1985 Aged 62yrs

b. 3 Apr. 1923 Toowoomba, Qld; educ. Toowoomba Gram. Sch; joined RAAF 1942, served as fighter pilot in SWPA 1943-44, with 84 Sqn and 77 Sqn (comm. 1944); Flt Comdr 78 Sqn 1951-52; 77 Sqn Korea 1952 (US Air Medal); attended RAF Staff Coll. 1953; CO 25 Sqn Pearce, WA, 1955-56; CO Base Sqn Pt.Cook 1957-58; CO CFS 1959-61; CO 2 OCU Williamtown, NSW, 1962-63; HQ Far East Air Forces Singapore 1963-66; Comdt RAAF Staff Coll. & OC RAAF Fairbairn, ACT, 1966-67; OC RAAF Williamtown 1970; OC Butterworth, Malaysia, 1970-72; OC RAAF Pearce 1973-75; Chief of Air Force Pers 1976-79 (retd.); d. 12 Jul. 1985 Brisb.

RAAF GD Pilot

Died 17 May 1967

Veteran. POW Korean War. Later CO 75Sqn. Passed away as a result of a Mirage Accident.

RAAF GDPLT 77Sqn, 76 Sqn

RAAF GDPLT 77Sqn 9Sqn

Aged 55yrs?

RAAF GDPLT 77Sqn

RAAF GD Pilot