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War History of the Australian Meteorological Service




Chapter 1: D.Met.S.—Australia's Wartime Weather Service

Chapter 2: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 3: Met in the Retreat

Chapter 4: Met in the Advance

Chapter 5: Meteorology in Aviation

Chapter 6: Central Forecasting Services

Chapter 7: Met With the Army

Chapter 8: Research and Personnel Training

Chapter 9: Instrumental Development and Maintenance

Chapter 10: Scientific Developments in the RAAF Meteorological Service

Chapter 11: Divisional Bureaux and Their Work

Appendix 1: List of Reports Provided by D.Met.S. for Advances Operational Planning and Other Purposes

Appendix 2: List of Service Personnel RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 3: List of Civilian Personnel Who Worked Together with Service Personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service

Appendix 4: List of Locations at which RAAF Meteorological Service Personnel Served


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Appendices 2, 3 and 4 and the map were not contained in the original manuscript but have been added to provide further background information.

Appendix 2 is the most complete list which could be prepared of the names of commissioned, honorary and enlisted members of the RAAF Meteorological Service, both men and women. It has been prepared by combining the incomplete lists in Metarch Papers No. 5 with another incomplete list, compiled by former Bureau officer Paul Ruckert from Bureau files and RAAF records, and by adding to the combined list those names obtained by contacts with some former members of the Service through the Frosterley Clubs. It is not claimed to be complete and correct but is merely the best which can be produced as this time. It also contains the names of a few other service personnel, such as instrument makers and signals staff, that worked with the RAAF Meteorological Service.

Appendix 3 is an incomplete list of the names of the at least 50 civilians, both men and women, who worked together with service personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service, eg J. V. Maher, F. G. Rose and W. S. Watt all of whom are mentioned in the text.

Paul Ruckert provided the list of the stations staffed by members of the Service reproduced at Appendix 4, however, this list, too, may be incomplete.

I wish to thank Ian Forrest for all the work involved in converting a 50 year old draft into a published report and Paul Ruckert, and the many members of the Frosterley Clubs for providing the names of former members of the Service.

I hope that this belated publication of the report of the RAAF Meteorological Service will provide a further insight into an important aspect of the Bureau's history and provide a further recognition of the contribution to Australian meteorology of the 1000 or more men and women who were members of the Service.

Don Handcock

January 1997

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Frosterley Club

People in Bright Sparcs - Handcock, Don; Maher, John Vincent (Jack); Warren, Herbert Norman; Watt, William Shand

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Haldane, T. 1997 'War History of the Australian Meteorological Service in the Royal Australian Air Force April 1941 to July 1946', Metarch Papers, No. 10 October 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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