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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
Senior Officers
Recruitment and Personnel
Training Courses
'Who are these Met blokes?'

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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Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel

'A ship is as good as its captain, or any army as good as its commander'. The truth of this worn cliche was borne out when in 1941, Herbert Norman Warren was appointed Director of Met. Services RAAF, with the rank of Group-Captain. Norm Warren, as he was known, but not addressed as by his subordinates, was born in Melbourne on 6 April 1888. He was educated in his home city, and after graduating from the University of Melbourne, joined the Electoral Branch of the Department of Home Affairs, Victoria, at the age of 26 years. The young Warren quickly displayed the dedication and ability that was to distinguish him as a man as well as an administrator. He served with the Victorian Scottish Regiment for three years, and during World War I, was with the 5/22 Battalion AMF as Company Commander from 1915 to 1918.

At one stage of his public career, Warren was simultaneously Commonwealth Electoral Officer for Tasmania, a Public Service Inspector, Works Registrar and Deputy Commissioner for Pensions. In 1938, he was appointed to the Commonwealth Meteorological Branch as Assistant Director, Administration, to organise services for aviation and defence. In 1939 he was appointed Commonwealth Director of Meteorology. He organised the RAAF Met. Service in 1940, and finally, in 1941, was appointed RAAF Director of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S.) with the rank of Group-Captain.

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

People in Bright Sparcs - Warren, Herbert Norman

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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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