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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
With the Army
With 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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With the Army (continued)

The mobile meteorological flights had many spectacular experiences—like most groups in the war. However, there was often a moment to relax with a spot of jungle juice or very potent bamboo wine to spice the time.

A problem of great interest to the army and navy when planning landing operations was that of forecasting the height of sea waves for periods ranging from a few hours to a few days ahead. A method for doing this had been developed in Great Britain, but it had not been put to test in the South-West Pacific area. Using observations made in the Tasman Sea, Wing-Commander H. S. Treloar (D.Met.S.) verified the feasibility of the method, and it was then extensively used throughout the Pacific war theatre.

There were lighter moments during the serious business of fulfilling the functions laid down. Flight-Lieutenant Bob Manson related the experience of being detached to a battery of the 2/1st Field Regiment for a shoot-in of a broken trail 25 pounder gun. On the final day of testing:

'All sorts of field officers turned up, including a Brigadier in a tank. So the troops banged through Charge DI's and super charges, and the spectators edged closer and closer until the OC Gun Position—Captain (Mungaree) Brown, who had helped Haile Selassie beat the Italians—called, 'Cease Firing!' As quiet settled, he addressed the 30 or so observers clustered around. 'Would all field officers senior to me kindly leave the gun position'—and, with rising volume—'All officers junior to me, get the b . . . y out of here!' I noticed the Brigadier trotting to his tank.'[85]

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

People in Bright Sparcs - 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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