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War History of the Australian Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: D.Met.S.—Australia's Wartime Weather Service

Chapter 2: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 3: Met in the Retreat

Chapter 4: Met in the Advance

Chapter 5: Meteorology in Aviation

Chapter 6: Central Forecasting Services

Chapter 7: Met With the Army

Chapter 8: Research and Personnel Training
Radiosonde Personnel
Chemical Warfare Experiments
Training of Outside Personnel
Miscellaneous Training and Lectures
Civil Air Lines' Trainees
Compilation of Notes and Manuals
Meteorological and Climatic Reports
Coastal and Seaward Areas
Enemy Occupied Areas
Training Statistics

Chapter 9: Instrumental Development and Maintenance

Chapter 10: Scientific Developments in the RAAF Meteorological Service

Chapter 11: Divisional Bureaux and Their Work

Appendix 1: List of Reports Provided by D.Met.S. for Advances Operational Planning and Other Purposes

Appendix 2: List of Service Personnel RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 3: List of Civilian Personnel Who Worked Together with Service Personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 4: List of Locations at which RAAF Meteorological Service Personnel Served


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Meteorological and Climatic Reports (continued)

Then there were the summaries issued by the Directorate concerning flying operations over areas outside Australia, both by land and sea. As early as 1938 bulletins of the Commonwealth Meteorological Office had provided discussions of conditions over the Tasman Sea between south-east Australia and New Zealand, supplemented by charts and tables, while in 1941 a report was issued on general flying conditions from north Queensland to the Australian Mandated Territories and New Caledonia, treated in the following sections Cooktown-Port Moresby, Port Moresby-Salamaua, Salamaua-Rabaul, Rabaul-Tulagi, Tulagi-Vila, Vila-Noumea and between northern Australian waters and the nearer part of the NEI (Area 4 degrees N to 13 degrees S Latitude and 117 degrees to 135 degrees E Longitude).

Most of these reports were incorporated later in a comprehensive RAAF publication on the subject.

Later came a report on weather conditions in the Caroline and Marshall Islands for the RAAF, a survey for the same service of the proposed air-route over the Indian Ocean from Exmouth Gulf to Ceylon, and an analysis of cloud movement and observed upper winds to 40 000 feet in the equatorial region from Sumatra to the Solomon Islands.

So far as enemy occupied aerodromes in the South-West Pacific area were concerned, a series of surveys of 51 locations were completed in September 1943 for the central interpretation unit, General Headquarters, Brisbane, with a supplementary issue covering 18 more airfields issued in January 1944.

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Haldane, T. 1997 'War History of the Australian Meteorological Service in the Royal Australian Air Force April 1941 to July 1946', Metarch Papers, No. 10 October 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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