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Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: Growing Up

Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour
Sydney to Port Moresby by DH-86
First Impressions of Port Moresby
Meteorological Office Routine
Flight to Kokoda
Tropical Meteorology
John (Doc) Hogan
Setting up House
We Join the RAAF
A Contrast in Attitudes
Some RAAF History
RAAF No 10 Squadron
RAAF No 11 Squadron
The Catalina Story
Construction of the Seven-mile Airstrip and Reclamation Area
Meteorological Service for the RAAF
Unexpected Vistitors
Our State of Readiness
Our Domestic Situation
A Japanese Surprise Packet
What Had We Meteorologists Achieved?

Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour

Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane

Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised



Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Milestones

Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins

Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 1941–46


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Figure 10 Lapel badge worn by members of the RAAF Meteorological Service.

  Lapel badge

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Figure 11 RAAF Officers' Mess, Ela Beach, Port Moresby, early 1941. (Photograph courtesy of A. K. Hannay)

  RAAF Officers' Mess

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Figure 12 Officers of RAAF No 11 Squadron, Port Moresby, early 1941. Left to right, front row: Norman Fader, ...... , Keith Caldwell, ....... , .......... Wing Cmdr Alexander, Eric Sims, Sid Preston, Len Gray,......... Left to right, Back row: ...... , Bob Gurney, 'Goff Hemsworth, Hampshire ?, Keith Hannay, Mike Mather, Bill Purton, Brian Mullins ?, Bill Gibbs, George Mocatta ?, ........ (Photograph courtesy of the RAAF)

  Officers, RAAF No. 11 Squadron

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