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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



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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My desire to write reminiscences of my experiences in the RAAF Meteorological Service stemmed from my pride in being one of many who were members of that organisation. An interest in the history of Australian meteorology prompted me some years ago to suggest to Dr John Zillman, Commonwealth Director of Meteorology, that action should be taken to preserve historical material relating to the Bureau. John Zillman gave enthusiastic support to this idea and the Bureau published the first of a series of Metarch Papers in 1982.

Sir Richard Kingsland AO CBE DFC has suggested many sources of information relating to Nos 10, 11 and 20 Squadrons RAAF in which he served with great distinction.

I received considerable assistance from Monica Walsh, RAAF librarian of the RAAF Museum at Point Cook, Victoria, who supplied valuable photographs and reference material.

Ian Forrest and Ian Stark of the Melbourne headquarters of the Bureau of Meteorology have provided valuable assistance with their suggestions, advice and editing of the text and have shown patience in assisting with the problem of converting an incompatible computer text to one which Bureau computers could handle.

People in Bright Sparcs - Kingsland, Richard; Zillman, John William

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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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