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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future

Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Reports, Papers, Manuscripts

Appendix 3: Milestones

Appendix 4: Acknowledgements

Appendix 5: Summary by H. N. Warren of the Operation of the Meteorological Section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane, 1942–45



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People in the Bureau (continued)

Another source was the pool of ex-servicemen whose experience in the war made them suitable for training. Three examples are Trevor Donald, Col Glendinning and Ray Wilkie. Trevor's example is so intriguing that I will describe it last.

Col Glendinning, who had a distinguished record as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, was attached to the Royal Navy and saw service in almost every ocean on the globe. The story of how he joined the Bureau and the wide variety of stations at which he served in Australia and the Territory of Papua and New Guinea is typical of some who joined the Bureau after the war. It is told in Metarch Papers No 8 (1996).

The youthful Ray Wilkie served as a wireless air gunner in RAAF No 10 Squadron patrolling the Atlantic from a RAF base in England. He had a brilliant career in the Bureau, the highlight being his performance as Regional Director in Darwin when Cyclone Tracy struck in 1974 (see Gibbs, 1977).

Trevor Donald enlisted in the AIF in 1941, concealing the fact that his age was two years below the minimum. He trained as a signaller and then joined an independent company intended for operation behind enemy lines. When his true age was discovered while serving in New Guinea he was promptly returned to Melbourne and discharged.

Reaching 18 in 1943, he enlisted in the RAAF, trained as a telegraphist and volunteered for special training to read transmissions in the complicated Japanese Morse code. Trevor was assigned to RAAF No 1 Wireless Unit in Townsville, the unit which is credited with intercepting the Japanese wireless message giving the details of the flight carrying Admiral Yamamoto from Rabaul to the Solomon Islands. US P38 Lightning fighters intercepted the bomber shooting it down with all passengers and crew being killed.

After service in New Guinea and transfer back to Melbourne, Trevor joined RAAF No 7 Wireless Unit and volunteered for service with the forward echelon of the Central Intelligence Bureau. General MacArthur chose this unit to accompany his forces in the invasion of the Philippines and Trevor was one of 17 who joined MacArthur's headquarters at Hollandia in New Guinea. From Hollandia his unit was transported in a US sub-chaser to Luzon where the unit established a mobile listening base. Trevor was in hospital in Manila when the US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

People in Bright Sparcs - Glendinning, Colin (Col); Warren, Herbert Norman

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Gibbs, W. J. 1999 'A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962', Metarch Papers, No. 13 May 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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