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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
Radiosonde Personnel
Chemical Warfare Experiments
Training of Outside Personnel
Miscellaneous Training and Lectures
Civil Air Lines' Trainees
Compilation of Notes and Manuals
Meteorological and Climatic Reports
Coastal and Seaward Areas
Enemy Occupied Areas
Training Statistics

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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Civil Air Lines' Trainees

From May 1944 onwards, D.Met.S. undertook training of civil air lines' personnel in meteorological subjects. This work commenced with a course of eight lectures given at Essendon to former RAAF members then in training as pilots for Australian National Airways and chiefly comprised a discussion of codes and ciphers used in the transmission of weather reports between aircraft and the ground. In January 1944 a fairly comprehensive course in meteorology, both general and practical, was conducted for the benefit of civil air lines' pilots who wished to qualify for the First Class Navigators Licence. Bi-weekly evening lectures were given by Sqn Ldr Hogan (1896–1970), Sqn Ldr D. H. Forder and Dr Loewe, who also set the examination held in July of the same year and assessed candidates' performances for the Department of Civil Aviation.

Thereafter, until September 1945, lecture notes were distributed and meteorological examinations conducted for candidates seeking the First or Second Class Navigators Licence.

During 1945 an official of the Radio Physics Laboratory, Sydney, was attached for training in meteorology to RAAF Officers' Course No 11, where he specialised in the application of meteorological science to radar, and in the same year, on Officers' Course No 12, two Forestry Departments members (from Western Australia and Victoria respectively) were given training in order to specialise in weather forecasting in its application to forestry. Incidentally, the West Australian representative had already received some meteorological training as a member of a course conducted in 1939.

Another officer of the Victorian Forests Commission also received training as a member of a meteorological assistants' class during 1940.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Directorate of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S)

People in Bright Sparcs - Forder, Douglas Highmoor (Doug); Hogan, John; Loewe, Fritz; Treloar, Harry Mayne

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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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