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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
Port Moresby to Milne Bay
New Pacific Stations
9 Operational Group
10 Operational Group
Northern Command
First Tactical Air Force
Labuan Island
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


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The End in Singapore

What a contrast was this final move. Since the advance began at Port Moresby in 1943, nearly 3000 miles of the advance had been covered by personnel of the RAAF Meteorological Service, all of it through the primitive regions of New Guinea, the Trobriands, the Solomons, New Ireland, the Admiraltys, the Halmaheras, Morotai and Borneo, with the associated hardships of war—making camps, working in rough and ready buildings, dugouts or tents, unappetising food, with never a community better than a village—to finish off a goal not far removed from Tokyo itself. Singapore Town save for the presence of Japanese, showed only moderate signs of war and, after years of pouring over weather charts in native huts, the Australian forecasters revelled in the luxurious appointments of the magnificent Kalang airport.

The wheel had turned full circle.

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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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