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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
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
Organisation of State Bureaux on War Basis/ Additional Functions Undertaken
Communication and Censorship Problems
Operations at Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart
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
Early in the following year, an American Army Air Force Transport Command service was inaugurated for the trans-Indian Ocean crossing, followed in June 1944 by a reorganised Qantas service using Liberator aircraft. Sqn Ldr J. (Doc) Hoganfor he had been promoted in the interimvisited Ceylon in October for a conference on Indian Ocean forecasting, and in February 1945, Fl Lt Thompson, of the Royal Air Force, commenced duty at the Perth bureau in exchange for Fl Lt R. G. Royce, who took his place in Ceylon. The exchange, incidentally, had a tragic climax in the death of FI Lt Thompson at Perth in October 1945, followed by the return of FI Lt Royce to Western Australia in the following month.
The year 1945 also marked the inauguration of forecasting by the Perth weather bureau for the Lancastrian aircraft service through Learmonth (WA) to India, but in April 1946 all meteorological services for the trans-Indian Ocean crossing from the bureau were discontinued.
Throughout the war years, close cooperation was maintained between the bureau and the Western Area military headquarters radar section, particularly in the investigation of anomalies in the propagation of radio waves caused by weather effects.
In October 1944 Sqn Ldr Coombes died suddenly and was buried with Air Force honours in the War Cemetery at Cornelian Bay, Hobart. His place as commanding officer was temporarily assumed by Flt Lt P. T. Dale, and in December of the same year, Sqn Ldr G. W. Mackey assumed permanent charge.
People in Bright Sparcs - Hogan, John (Doc)
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