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Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: Growing Up

Chapter 2: Port Moresby Before Pearl Harbour

Chapter 3: Port Moresby After Pearl Harbour

Chapter 4: Allied Air Force HQ and RAAF Command, Brisbane

Chapter 5: Japan Surrenders and We Are Demobilised
Visit to Japan
The RAAF Meteorological Service Returns to 'Civvy' Street
Some Thoughts on Tropical Meteorology



Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Milestones

Appendix 3: Papers Published in Tropical Weather Research Bulletins

Appendix 4: Radiosonde Observations 1941–46


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The RAAF Meteorological Service Returns to 'Civvy' Street (continued)

I remember that even after demobilisation we in AMFA section had a distinctly military air as most wore uniforms from which the insignia of rank, etc had been removed. I remember that the heavy dark blue RAAF greatcoat was a boon in the cold, gloomy Melbourne winter. Some of the wartime WAAAF assistants worked with us. I was placed in charge of the AMFA section under Mr J. C. Foley who became Chief Scientific Officer. Other members of the AMFA Section in those early days were Reg Clarke, John Lillywhite, Neil MacRae and Steve Lloyd, while our assistants included such notable people as Fred Leake and Paddy Chapman. I cannot remember whether Ralph Holmes was a member of the AMFA section but he soon joined Walter Dwyer in the Aviation Section. Henry Phillpot had moved to the university to finish his tertiary studies and, I believe, may have worked in AMFA section at a later stage.

The AMFA section was a lively place, both from a scientific and a social point of view. Having returned unscathed from the war, we were out to enjoy life to the full, so we gathered for the occasional lunch-time and after-work beer, the latter being sometimes terminated by six o'clock closing.

The scientific development was exciting, as we all had ideas on what made the atmosphere tick and I had many vigorous discussions, especially with Reg Clarke. We developed techniques of surface and upper air analysis and wrote papers describing our ideas. But that is another story which someone may write at another time.

People in Bright Sparcs - Clarke, Reginald Henry; Dwyer, Walter Anthony; Foley, James Charles; Holmes, Ralph Aubrey Edward; Lillywhite, John Wilson; Lloyd, Stephen Henry (Steve); Phillpot, Henry Robert

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Gibbs, W. J. 1995 'A Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 7 March 1995, Bureau of Meteorology

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