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RAAF Meteorological Service
Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare
Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)
Summary of Activities and Developments in D.Met.S. to mid-1943
Coordination of RAAF and United States Army Air Force and Navy Weather Services
Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel
Chapter 4: Meteorology in Aviation
Chapter 5: The Met. Retreating
Chapter 6: The Met. Advancing
Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy
Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War
Chapter 9: Research and Instrumental Development
Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond
Coordination of RAAF and United States Army Air Force and Navy Weather ServicesFrom early in 1942, USAAF weather personnel began to arrive in Australia, and, by April of that year, formed a full weather squadron, nominated the 15th Weather Squadron, under the direct command of a Regional Control Officer (R.C.O.).
So as to ensure efficient use of the combined resources of the RAAF and USAAF weather services, a Directorate of Allied Meteorological Services was established by General Order 16 of 4 June 1942, issued from Allied Air Force Headquarters under authority of the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Air Force. This order nominated the Director of RAAF Met. Services as Director of the Allied service, with the R.C.O. of US 15th Weather Squadron as Deputy Director.
Because of a change in the constitution of the Allied Air Force in the South-West Pacific, the original status quo was restored on 8 November 1943, when the Allied Meteorological Service was dissolved by General Order 61. The D.Met.S. and the R.C.O. of the US 15th Weather Squadron resumed control over their separate organisations. The R.C.O. became responsible for the provision of services to United States air and land forces, and the D.Met.S. responsible for all other meteorological services, including the basic meteorological organisation necessary for the maintenance of both services.
Table 4. USAAF 15th Weather Region Meteorological Sections
Arrangements for the US Navy Weather Service were slightly different. Personnel of this service arrived in Australia in small numbers in 1942, and were eventually placed under the control of the Aerographer to COMSOWESPACFOR, Brisbane.
Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Directorate of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S)
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