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Table of Contents
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
Port Moresby to Milne Bay
New Pacific Stations
9 Operational Group
10 Operational Group
First Tactical Air Force
The End in Singapore
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
Labuan Island (continued)In July 1945 RAAF Catalinas based on Labuan commenced mine laying operations in the seas in the vicinity of Sumatra.
At the Labuan headquarters of 1st TAF Sqn Ldr A. J. Shields (subsequently mentioned in despatches) filled the position of staff meteorological officer, having succeeded Sqn Ldr H. T. Ashton in April 1945, while the 47OBU weather section was under Fl Lt D. G. McIntyre. AtTarakan, where the weather officer's duties included forecasts for the construction of an airstripa task much hindered by heavy rainfall and the unsuitable water-logged terrainFl Lt D. E. Halsted was stationed and at Balikpapan Australian meteorological staff worked in conjunction with Netherlands East Indies Army weather men.
Disbandment for demobilisation commenced shortly afterwards at many units, but arrangements were made for a party of volunteer weather men, headed by a veteran RAAF tropical meteorologist in Fl Lt R. J. McConnell, to move to Japan as the meteorologists for 81 Wing in Tokyo. Back to Koepang, which he had evacuated in February 1942, went Sqn Ldr Bryan Rofe and, at about the same time Fl Lt McIntyre, another veteran forecaster whose long service throughout the Pacific area serviced by the RAAF meteorological organisation is exceeded only by that of Fl Lt McConnell, left on attachment to the RAF at Singapore. This airport was then handling a considerable traffic of Australian aircraft from Labuan.
Thus the cycle of meteorological retreat and advance was completed on 7 September 1945 when Australian weather men accompanied the first RAAF aircraft to return to Singapore from which the original Australian weather party had been evacuated early in 1942. One RAF representative, Sqn Ldr Lee, recalled with pleasure his association with Sqn Ldr Mackey, Sqn Ldr Hannay and others who comprised the first Australian detachment.
People in Bright Sparcs - Ashton, Henry Tamblyn (Harry); Hannay, Alexander Keith (Keith); Mackey, George William; Rofe, Bryan; Shields, Archibald John
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