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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
Functions and Wartime Development
Service at RAAF Training Schools and Stations
Cooperation with US Personnel
Operational Expansion
Movement into Borneo

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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Chapter 5: Meteorology in Aviation

Functions and Wartime Development

It was in the aviation branch that the greatest personnel expansion took place during wartime. This was one of the newest of Australian meteorological developments—at the time of the transfer to the Department of Air in 1940, it comprised only about 50 personnel distributed over 20 civil aviation weather stations operating only in daylight hours. The nucleus of the aviation branch for war comprised the permanent civil officers of the meteorological bureau, most of whom enlisted, together with a group of volunteer Science masters from various State education departments who were recruited and trained as forecasters in 1940 with a view to war service with the RAAF as meteorological officers.

Three types of personnel—forecasting officers, meteorological assistants and meteorological charters—were trained specifically for operational service at RAAF and Allied air bases. By the close of hostilities in the Pacific, the branch had expanded to embrace 95 air bases in Australia and abroad, employing 680 people, and providing round the clock service.

The necessary communications channels used in the distribution of weather messages within the internal network were operated by the RAAF and Postmaster-General's Department. Special broadcasting and receiving stations were established to provide the information required by users throughout the Pacific. These and other ancillary services were designed and installed to plans developed by D.Met.S., in association with the communications authorities concerned.

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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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