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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
Operational Difficulties

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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Summary of Activities and Developments in D.Met.S. to mid-1943 (continued)

At RAAF operational stations, meteorological units were provided for general services to the formations located there. Air force training stations generally were grouped so that one forecasting centre served a number of stations, the subordinate stations being staffed with trained Meteorological Assistants, who drew their advices and forecasts from the main forecasting centre for their group, and who ensured that all services required by training units at their stations were supplied.

On the established air routes, meteorological forecasting sections were provided at main stations. These furnished all services necessary for civil and air force aeroplanes using these stations. At intervals of 300 to 500 miles along the longer air routes, permanently staffed meteorological stations were provided to service aircraft on through journeys.

Specially trained and equipped flights of the RAAF Mobile Meteorological Squadron were organised to service army formations in the field. The flights accompanied the headquarters of the AIF Corps and Divisions which they were allotted for service.

Services for the navy were provided by wireless/telegraphy with synoptic messages broadcast by station VNHQ, Laverton, Victoria. Regular daily advices of coastal and seaward conditions for the Australian area were furnished to navy headquarters. The operational seaward areas were divided into regions, serviced through specified naval signal stations, from which the necessary reports and advices for naval operations were communicated to ships at sea.

Weather services were provided by D.Met.S. for United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States, Malayan and Netherlands East Indies forces in the Pacific.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Directorate of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S)

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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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