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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)

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

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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Brisbane (continued)

Most of the staff of the Brisbane Divisional Office were accepted for enlistment in the RAAF as from April 1941, and in common with all other sections, frequent personnel postings became the order of the day.

Precautions for air raids necessitated conversion of the basement of the Brisbane Divisional Office building to an air raid shelter and provision for carrying on activities from there. An alternative centre of operations was subsequently set up in one of the suburbs, and communication equipment was installed there for possible transfer of the office. Provision for the maintenance of services, if evacuation from Brisbane became necessary, had to be considered.

Direct co-ordination with Allied fighter sector headquarters was established, and services included regular forecasts for day and night operations. Immediate arrangements were made to check weather conditions whenever radar indicated suspicious reception—which may have been due to the weather itself, or perhaps to the approach of enemy aircraft.

Cloud heights were ascertained at night from searchlight units. Meteor calculations were supplied for artillery. In addition to the constant forecasting responsibilities and issue of air route advices, an increasing volume of short and long range forecasts was required for army expansion and movements in Queensland, e.g. for First Australian Army and No. 1 Aust Corps. Trafficability of roads and fordability of streams demanded regular forwarding of observations to the Divisional Office from many reporting centres.

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Joyce, J. 1993 'The Story of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 5 October 1993, Bureau of Meteorology

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