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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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Recruitment and Personnel (continued)

Meteorological Officers were classified in the Administrative and Special Duties branch of the RAAF; Meteorological Assistants from the rank of Aircraftsman Class 1 to Warrant-Officer were mustered in Group 1 (Technical); Meteorological Charters, with similar ranking as Meteorological Assistants, were mustered in Group 5 (Clerical).

Courses of instruction in all sections of meteorology were drawn up by Wing-Commander H. Treloar, and put into operation with the assistance of Squadron-Leaders Hogan (1896–1970) and Cornish of Research Section, and of Dr F. Loewe, Senior Lecturer in Meteorology at the the University of Melbourne. The foundation courses thus laid down were later extended by Squadron-Leaders L. J. Dwyer and D. H. Forder to include the analysis of upper airmasses and tropical forecasting—a subject that was destined to occupy the full attention of many meteorologists in the South-West Pacific war zone.

Many school teachers—mostly with qualifications in university physics and mathematics—were recruited for the D.Met.S. Others came from banks, offices, shops, farms, and many other walks of life. By the time the Japanese entered the war, a nucleus for a wartime footing was available, and the Met. service was organised to meet the requirements of the armed forces. As Table 5 indicates, the service grew rapidly.

Table 5. Personnel of D.Met.S. (RAAF)
Date as atMeteorological OfficersMeteorological AssistantsMeteorological ChartersTotal
End of War Aug 1945212212309733

Table 6. Miscellaneous Personnel
Date as atAdministrative OfficersInstrument Makers and RepairersW/TF Operators

*RAAF Signal personnel.

As noted in Chapter Two, lectures were given to members of the USAAF 15 Weather Squadron and other Allied personnel in July 1942 to assist them in adapting to, and interpreting southern hemisphere weather conditions.

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

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Forder, Douglas Highmoor (Doug); Hogan, John; Loewe, Fritz; Treloar, Harry Mayne

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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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