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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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Brisbane (continued)

Regular forecasts to the Navy were supplemented by special forecasts for small ships and coastal craft, as well as for larger ships damaged or in-tow, requiring favourable weather conditions.

When the headquarters of the US forces was established in Brisbane in 1942, the Divisional Office was called upon for increased services. Much varied meteorological information was required regarding conditions in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. This was needed in relation to construction projects, aerodrome runways, food and stores preservations, research undertakings, camouflage and chemical warfare.

The US Navy central weather headquarters for the South-West Pacific area was provided with accommodation at the Divisional Office from early in 1942 until the middle of 1944. This unit, with Captain R. O. Winter USN in command, functioned as the central weather office for the US Navy in the south west Pacific area linking up with D.Met.S. (RAAF) through the central office in Melbourne, and with all reporting weather networks. Forecasting and technical personnel were constantly changed to provide as many as possible with experience of weather in Australia and island operational areas.

Wing-Commander A. S. Richards, the Divisional Meteorologist at Brisbane wrote, 'Relations with members of the USN administrative, forecasting and meteorological training centre were fully co-operative at all times'. [88]

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

People in Bright Sparcs - Richards, Alfred Stanley (Stan)

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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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