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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
Instrumental Development

Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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Research (continued)

When Gibbs was transferred back to civilian status to the Bureau in Melbourne after the war, he was able to claim that the above Bulletin contained an accumulation of knowledge of the meteorology of northern Australia and New Guinea which would be of considerable importance to future students of meteorology in those regions. As well as contributions from Gibbs himself, there were those of Holmes, Martin, Kerr, McIntyre, Hogan, Bath, Ashton, Gardiner, Bond, McRae, Forder, Swan, White, Bahr, Hannay and Milthorpe. Contributions were also made by other Allied meteorological services.

In May 1945, the first RAAF Weather Development and Research Bulletin was produced by members of the research section at D.Met.S. Melbourne. After the production by members of 17 issues, the series became the Australian Meteorological Magazine.

Squadron-Leader Doug Forder produced a manual—Analysis and Forecasting in the South-West Pacific Area. Wing-Commander E. W. Timcke, Deputy Director D.Met.S., wrote to Forder after the war to acknowledge the appreciation for the work that had been received from the RAAF, Netherlands East Indies, the US Department of the Navy, New York, and also from the Professor of Meteorology (Paul E. Rush) at California Institute of Technology.[92]

During the war, some members of the RAAF Met. Service had been seconded to the newly formed Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, later CSIRO) for the purpose of studying meteorological aspects of microwave propagation.

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

People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Bahr, Victor John; Bath, Allen Tristram; Bond, Harold George; Forder, Douglas Highmoor (Doug); Gibbs, William James (Bill); Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward; McRae, John Neil; Swan, Keith; Timcke, Edward Waldemar; White, Arthur Charles

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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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