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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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Cooperation with US Personnel

In 1942, with United States Army and Navy Air Forces commencing operations in the South-West Pacific, nearly all D.Met.S. aviation met sections were infiltrated with personnel of the American 15th Weather Squadron and, in a few cases, of the US Navy Seventh Fleet, in order to acquaint them with Australian meteorological procedures following the establishment of the Allied Meteorological Service. Differences of approach and training in weather science between Australians and Americans gave rise at this time to various difficulties, which mutual goodwill ultimately solved, both bodies of men receiving benefit from the contact that prevailed until late in the same year, when the dissolution of the Allied air force into the individual controls of the USAAF and RAAF brought about the disestablishment of the combined meteorological service. It is interesting to record, in this connection, that the efficiency and cooperation of Australian meteorological personnel were praised by the United States Fifth Air Force Command on the completion of the association.

The dissolution, however, raised problems of duplication of aviation weather sections at the various airfields which were solved by application of the principle that service would be supplied by the air force—either RAAF and USAAF—making the greatest use of the aerodrome.

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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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