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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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Foreword (continued)

It is inevitable that the two histories prepared by Haldane and Joyce will describe the same events and activities, but from a different perspective. In many cases they interviewed the same people and consulted similar or identical published and unpublished material. In recommending to Dr Zillman that the Joyce history should be published I had the view that, even if some errors remained (which was likely after even the most careful editing), the only sensible course of action would be to publish both versions. Neither can be regarded as a comprehensive history of the RAAF Meteorological Service. That the Joyce history does not cover all of the activities of the RAAF Meteorological Service is exemplified by the remark in his introduction that the lists of Meteorological Assistants and Meteorological Charters are incomplete. This deficiency will be remedied in the Haldane history in which Don Handcock plans to include a complete list of all members of the RAAF Meteorological Service prepared in 1991 by Paul Ruckert. Both the Haldane and Joyce histories are the authors' selection of what they saw as the most significant aspects of the history of the RAAF Meteorological Service (with considerable amendment of the Haldane history by H. N. Warren).

In editing the Joyce history I have deliberately refrained from consulting the Haldane version. I have also attempted to restrict amendments to correction of obvious typographical errors, to correction of misspelt personal or place names, to amendments of text when the events related are known by me to be at variance with the facts and to minor amendments to clarify the meaning of the text or to avoid repetition. There will be many undetected errors remaining in the text where I, and others who have read the draft, are unaware that spelling of some names or places is incorrect or where we were unaware that the text contained factual errors. Some of those interviewed by Dr Joyce may feel that he has not accurately related what they were trying to convey. I have found this to be the case in some of the statements he has attributed to me, but have felt that the only sensible course of action was to leave these statements essentially as Dr Joyce reported them. It seemed undesirable to alter any of these statements when it was not feasible to check them all. Thus the history should be regarded as the way Dr Joyce saw it, or heard about it. This, after all, applies to the manner in which the personal perspective of the author of any history is reflected in the shape of the history and the emphasis therein.

Ian Forrest and other staff of the Bureau of Meteorology have made important contributions to the editing of this history by reading the draft, preparing edited versions and suggesting desirable amendments. Thanks are due to Ian for his overall coordination of the editing, to Marie Birkeland for her initial typing of the draft and to Pam Bruhn and Debbie Dowel for their work in processing the many editorial changes and other corrections.

W. J. Gibbs

September 1992

People in Bright Sparcs - Gibbs, William James (Bill); Haldane, Thomas; Handcock, Don; Joyce, John; Warren, Herbert Norman; Zillman, John William

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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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