THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
We are very fortunate that in past years decisions were made to encourage sons and daughters, as well as other interested people, to join our 30 Squadron Association and take an active role in its administration. So much so that less than half of our Committee members are now WW2 30 Squadron personnel.
Our Annual Meeting and Luncheon in November was again a happy affair with 44 in attendance. We were pleased to welcome RAAF Personnel, being GPCPT Richard Lennon OC 86 Wing and representing AIRCDRE Gary Martin Senior ADF Officer RAAF Richmond and SQNLDR Stuart Wheal and WOFF Mike Krcevinac from 30 (City of Sale) Squadron. Among others in attendance from out-of-town were our Patron former AVM David Rogers and Shane West from Canberra, Ret'd SQNLDR Arthur Thomson DFC, his son Peter and Alex Jenkins from Victoria, Ray Keys from Newcastle, our Chaplain Cameron Smith and wife Prue from the Gold Coast and our own unstoppable Fred Anderson from Bathurst. Short addresses were given by Stuart Wheal, Scott Wombey from St George Air League and our VP Bob Bicknell regarding our Peregrine Falcon Project at Orange University. Our guest speaker was GPCPT Richard Lennon. All existing Committee Members were re-elected with the addition of John Brooker, Vice President of HARS, who we believe will be a great P/R addition in our efforts.
Earlier in the year our Battle of the Bismarck Sea was a wonderful day. A highlight being a visit from No 30 (City of Sale) Squadron by the CO WGCDR Sharyn Bolitho and her husband SQNLDR Timothy Bolitho plus another eight members from Sale. We are preparing for the next ceremony on 1st March 2012.
We were well represented at Albion Park Base for the "Wings over IIIawarra" Air Show, then in Canberra for the RAAF's 90th Birthday Service. Anzac Day arrangements were marginally better than last year. We attended the unveiling of the "Wendy-Joy" Beaufighter cockpit at Fighter World, Williamtown for a very pleasant day and some good publicity. Our Squadron was at a "Victory in the Pacific" Service at the Kokoda Track Memorial at Concord and shortly after it was the "Battle for Australia" Commemorative Service at the Cenotaph at Martin Place where our own Fred Cassidy OAM was guest speaker. Members also drove to Orange to follow up on our support for the Peregrine Falcon Project and to see the babies learning to fly.
This year could be a fantastic one as not only are we planning the Battle of the Bismarck Sea Service on Thursday, 1st March, but we intend visiting East Sale for a day of celebrations, the old and the new, joining together for 30 Squadron's 70th Birthday on Friday, 9th March. Arrangements for transport are still under negotiation with the RAAF but we hope to make it easy for everyone to be there. We'll keep you informed.
Meantime, I ask you all to put your shoulder to the wheel to keep our Association strong and getting stronger. 30 Squadron will be a survivor but it needs all the support we can given it. Have a great 2012.
This annual event is to be held on Thursday, 1st March, 2012, at lOam at Richmond Air Base. The Service will be in the Chapel, followed by lunch in the Officers Mess. Parking is opposite the Pass Office, then we will be taken onto the Base by bus. It is advisable to be parked around 9.30am, as the Chapel Service will commence at 10.00am sharp. It is imperative that we have returns as early as possible and definitely no later than the following date as we have to provide the RAAF with a list of names and number attending for security and catering purposes. The cost for lunch will be $35 per head.
We have to liaise and co-operate with the RAAF Base, providing numbers at an early date etc, to keep our happy association with the Base and be allowed to carryon our Commemoration function in the future.
RSVP by Monday13th February, please - with payment
COMING EVENTS Cont.
25th April 2012
Veterans, please make every endeavour to attend the March. Form up as usual in Elizabeth Street. We have not been given a suggested time to meet as yet, so check with the committee before the day, in case there is a slight time change.
After the March, lunch will be at the Bowlers Club of NSW, 95-99 York Street, Sydney.
Family Members Very Welcome at Lunch
Can you please let me know when you forward your yearly subscription if you intend to join us for lunch, as we have to give the Bowlers Club the number of attendees by early March, for allocation of a room to suit our number of guests. Payment at that time would be appreciated - if not -
Payment - $40 - by Friday 13th April, please.
The RSL and RAAF Association request that descendants marching in Squadrons be kept to a minimum. A carer is allowed to march with a veteran who needs assistance.
Please give me a ring, Yvonne Holt 02 9639 9862, if you have any enquiries.
It is that time of the year again - yearly subscriptions of$20 are due. These are necessary to cover administration costs - printing and posting newsletters for example. We need veterans' families to become members and join in our activities so we can keep the memory of these wonderful 30 Squadron fellows alive. NSW is the only 30 Squadron RAAF Association still operating, so we feel we are responsible for upholding the great name of the Beaufighter and the work it did, especially in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. We have many interstate members, and we welcome them and anybody else who would like to become part of this great organization. Please fill in the form on the final "returns" page.
Your prompt payment will be very much appreciated. Thank you.
NORTH FORT WALK
Even though the Army Museum has moved from North Head, North Fort Walk is not affected. We are still able to place pavers for anybody who hasn't already done so. There are 25 spaces left for any additional members who would like to place one in their own name or for somebody from the Squadron no longer with us. The Walkway can be visited seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. There is a website on the area - www.aI1illeryhistOly.org. Please contact Ken Leonard or Yvonne Holt if you wish to discuss this area or placing a paver.
PEREGRINE FALCON PROJECT
This project at Charles Sturt University Orange Campus is progressing well. Beau (the Dad) and Swift (the Mum) successfully produced three beautiful healthy chicks this breeding season. They usually take their first flight on the 42nd day. We were invited by Dr Cilia Kinross to visit in that week and 8 of us were there on 44th day and right on cue they gave us a splendid display of their first days of flying.
The Nature Conservation Trust had organized a fund raising breakfast for the Falcon Fund that morning, which we joined in. We were treated as VIPs and the local press, ABC Radio and local Channel 7 did interviews. Fred Anderson was a star on the 6pm News the following evening. We were provided with a delicious lunch in the staff bistro, which was very much appreciated. We were shown a new state of the art camera which our latest donation helped to purchase. It was a very full, interesting, enjoyable day.
The website is quite amazing and you can follow the process from the laying of the eggs, the hatching ofthe fluffy chicks, the growth of the birds to their first flight and their antics since then. Scott Banks at the Uni has done a wonderful job keeping this up to date with a blog almost every day and photos. You can see all of this if you Google "FalcorrCam project Orange". Our visit is recorded on the blog on 18-11-11 with photos. On 19-1] -] 1 you can click on the Prime News (highlighted section) and the News program will pop up and you can see Fred. Bob Bicknell has taken some great photos of the birds in flight etc.
25th November 2011
Bob Martin covered the social side of this day in his President's Report.
Election of officers was carried out - with no opposition.
Committee for 2012 is as follows:
- President - Bob Martin
- Vice President - Bob Bicknell
- Secretary - Yvonne Holt
- Treasurer - Mollie Richmond
- Fred Cassidy
- Ken Leonard
- Theo Boehm
- John Brooker
- Linda Walker-Dean
- Gary Richmond
- Hereward Dundas-Taylor
- Jim Turner
- Don Angus
- AVM David Rogers (Ret'd)
We will do our best to keep the excellent reputation of 30 Squadron and the Beaufighter in the forefront of Australian aviation war history for you fellows out there and for the memory of those who lost their life in the war and those who have since passed on.
If you wish to contact us at any time, please do not hesitate to give Bob Martin or me a ring. We are always happy to-have a chat! Our phone numbers are - Bob (02) 9981 1669, Yvonne (02) 9639 9862.
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!
If you would like to purchase any of the following items, please drop me (Yvonne) a line - with a cheque or money order made out to 30 Squadron RAAF Association.
|MERCHANDISE - ALL Prices include postage within Australia|
|30 Squadron Tie||AU $35|
|30 Squadron Ladies Scarf||AU $25|
|Beaufighter (gold) lapel pin||AU $12|
|30 Squadron Metal Badge||AU $12|
|30 Squadron Pocket Badges||AU $15|
|Battle of the Bismarck Sea - Author Lex McAulay||AU $25|
| "Beauflghter Squadron World War 2"
(formerly known as "Whispering Death")
| AUSTRALIAN BUYERS:
DVD - is available at ABC Shops, JB HiFi, Dymocks, Big W etc
Please click on CONTACT on the bottom left of the home page
of the following friends since our last Newsletter
MRS BETTY BOEHM
In November last a number of our members attended the funeral of Betty Boehm at the Northern Suburbs Chapel that was filled to capacity. The service was conducted by the Rev Cameron Smith, the Association's Chaplain, who flew down from Queensland to join the Boehm family in celebrating the life of a lovely lady, the wife of Theo, a Past President of the Association and one of our early 30 Squadron pilots.
It was always a pleasure to have Betty and Theo at Association activities. They were both good supporters of the Association over many years and as a couple we will miss them very much.
From Betty's children we' heard many nice stories about the work she did in the community at St lves and how clever she was with her hands and how everything had to be near-perfect. Even to having enough handbags to suit whatever she was wearing on all occasions. The children came from as far away as the United States and Western Australia to be with their Father at Betty's funeral. Theo has now moved to a retirement village in Wingham to be near his daughter, Elizabeth who is a Community Nurse in the district and assures us she will be keeping a close eye on him.
Theo has joined the local bowling club and tells us that he is being well looked after and is very comfortable in his new quarters and is keen to retain contact with the Association and his friends, so we hope we will continue to see Theo at our functions as time goes by.
If anyone wants to contact Theo, ask either Yvonne or Fred Cassidy for Theo's contact details.
MR DALE WOODROFFE
Nephew of FLG/OFF Harold Woodroffe - the pilot of "the last unaccounted Beaufighter" which was found in New Guinea in September 2007. Dale and his wife visited late last year from South Australia and he had a wish to visit North Fort Walk to see his Uncle's paver and our memorial and Ken and Joan Leonard kindly looked after them for the day, for which they were very grateful.
MR LARRY DEEGAN - A great supporter of our Association from Tasmania.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
To all loved ones, our sincere condolences
REST IN PEACE OLD COMRADES
LEST WE FORGET
ITEMS OF INTEREST
The following is the address which Mr Fred Cassidy OAM delivered with much grace and dignity at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney. It is a very important piece of history and it should be heard and read by as many people as possible - especially the younger generations.
7th SEPTEMBER 2011
Your Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir Governor of New South Wales, Distinguished Guests, Veterans and Members of their Families, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls.
We are here today to remind ourselves of that period during World War Two in 1942 and 1943 when we were faced for the first time in our history with defending our country from a serious threat and the likelihood of invasion of our homeland by a foreign power seeking the domination of countries in South East Asia to the near north of Australia.
The then Prime Minister of Australia Mr John Curtin described the impending massive struggle looming up in front of us to defend Australia against a war with a rampaging empire ofJapan as the "Battle for Australia".
We would have been well aware of the terrible war in progress in Europe.
I imagine most of us would not have been aware of the behind the scenes support Nazi Germany and ltaly had given the Empire of Japan in its plans to subjugate the countries of the Greater South East Asia.
In 1940, before Japan had declared war on the allies these nations had signed a Pact to assist one other by Political, Economic and Military means.
They had agreed to stand by and cooperate with each other in their respective efforts in both the Greater East Asia, the Middle East and Europe to establish and maintain a new order of things for the peoples of those regions.
What confidence this arrangement must have given Japan to continue to embark on the campaign to occupy and control many of its neighbouring countries, hence the surprise attack on the United States of America at Pearl Harbour on a Sunday morning, 7th December 1941.
It would have been rather naive of us to believe that Japan had not included Australia as one of those countries. Currently we see heart rending images of people of other countries engaged in desperate conflicts on our television screens. We watch with some degree of detachment and feel sorry and pity for them.
Similar images might well have applied to us had it not been for the courage and determination of the men and women of our defence forces during battles north of us against the might of the advancing Japanese Army and Navy in 1942 and 1943.
By the end of 1942 Japanese forces had occupied and were in control of vast areas of South East Asia and the South West Pacific with the clear intention of controlling the sea lanes north of Australia between our neighbours and friends in Papua and New Guinea.
Have no illusion about the will and capacity of a highly efficient experienced, strong and powerful military force which had been forged in wars against its near neighbours for many years.
By now it already controlled large areas of South East Asia and occupied the Philippines and had been able to establish a large military base strategically situated at Rabaul in New Britain.
it was now quite clear that in the words of Prime Minister Curtin, we were about to enter "The Battle for Australia".
On the 19th February 1942 more than 200 Japanese aircraft flying from a Base in Timor attacked and bombed Darwin inflicting considerable loss of life and damage to the capital of the Northern Territory.
These bombings of Darwin and other northern towns continued.
Japanese submarines caused havoc in Sydney Harbour, bombed Newcastle and began to sink our ships off the east coast of Australia.
A glance at a map will reveal that Darwin and our northern towns were well within the range of enemy aircraft operation from Bases in New Britain and Papua.
The safety of our people was under a real threat.
In March 1942 a Japanese force 00000 troops landed unopposed at Lae in New Guinea. This was quickly followed up by 2000 more landing at Buna on the north coast of Papua.
In the Coral Sea in May 1942 a combined Australian and American Naval Force achieved a vital strategic victory. A Japanese fleet supported by aircraft carriers heading for Port Moresby was turned back after suffering considerable losses.
The intention of the Japanese had been to capture Port Moresby and expose the northern coast of Australia to further bombing of our mainland.
Japan wanted to control the sea lanes between us and Port Moresby with the possibility of enabling its forces to attempt an invasion of our country, also to hinder the support we were expecting from the United States of America.
By July 1942 the Japanese had 13,500 troops in Papua and New Guinea and they commenced with much confidence the campaign to reach Port Moresby via the Kokoda Track.
While our forces were struggling to halt the advance of the Japanese on the Kokoda Track the Japanese simultaneously launched an invasion at Milne Bay. After a spirited defence by our Army and RAAF, including the significant actions by Squadrons 75 and 776, the Japanese were forced to leave Milne Bay.
This was the first land defeat suffered by the Japanese in World War Two.
At the end of September 1942 nearly 1700 Australians had been killed in the fierce and savage fighting in the appalling conditions of the Kokoda Track.
Eventually in November, through the courage and determination of our soldiers fighting against staggering odds the Japanese were turned back just 30 miles from their objective Port Moresby and forced to retreat to their base at Buna.
Throughout the battle over the Kokoda Track the RAAF Kittyhawks, Bostons, Beauforts and Beaufighters and the US Air Force harassed the Japanese troops and their vital supply lines, flying many sorties under the most difficult and dangerous conditions contributing much to the victory at Kokoda.
The attempt by the Japanese to take Port Moresby through Wau was also halted after fierce fighting at Wall Airstrip and they were forced to retreat to their base on the coast at Lae.
At this point in the war Japan was desperately in need of reinforcements if it were to be successful in its campaign to take Port Moresby.
In February 1943 at Rabaul a convoy of 10 transport ships carrying 6,500 troops and fully loaded with supplies and equipment was preparing to leave Rabaul to resupply its forces in New Guinea.
The convoy was being escorted by 6 destroyers in addition to the protection in day light hours by the complete cover of zero fighter aircraft during its journey from Rabaul to Lae where it was expected the convoy would off load its troops and cargo.
From the time the convoy left Rabaul it was under constant surveillance by a RAAF Catalina until the morning of 3"1 March 1943 when the convoy entered the Vitiaz Straits in the Bismarck Sea.
The subsequent courageous brilliant and disciplined actions by RAAF Squadrons and US Air Force Squadrons carrying out the clever plans devised by an Australian RAAF Officer, Group Captain Bill Garing, resulted in the sinking of the 10 transport ships with their cargo of equipment and supplies, 4 of the destroyers and the loss to the Japanese of 40 Zero fighters and 3,500 men.
The destruction of the convoy and the failure of the Japanese to supply their forces with the reinforcements needed to sustain its campaign in New Guinea was a crucial blow and a real setback for the Japanese.
From thereon Japan was on the defensive to the extent that the Allied Commander in Chief, General Macarthur said this Victory in the Bismarck Sea was the Vital turning point in the war in the South West Pacific.
This defining victory by Air Power has been called by one of Australia's leading Military Historians, Lex McAulay, as a "Land Battle Fought at Sea and Won from the Air".
The destruction of the Convoy in the Vitiaz Straits is one of our five officially designated Battles for Australia, and is known as the "Battle of the Bismarck Sea".
Japan was now no longer a threat to our homeland as well to our friends in Papua New Guinea and all of us could begin to breathe a bit easier.
We honour the memory of all those men and women of our armed forces who in their own way, gallantly resisted and ultimately repulsed the Japanese aggression during those battles in the dark and desperate days of] 942 and 1943.
In addition, the kind help and assistance to our forces given by our Papuan and New Guinea neighbours, known affectionately as those wonderful "fuzzy wuzzy angels", in combating a common enemy must never be forgotten.
Also we must not forget to thank all those friends at home working, in the offices and the factories without whose support the tasks of our frontline troops would have been much more difficult.
Given the time we have available today for our commemoration this is just a potted version of the history surrounding the Battles for Australia.
I sincerely hope we can leave here with a greater sense of what we Australians were up against during those years and how our people responded.
Remember, People make History, Authors write about it, leaving the rest of Us to think about it.
I would like to pay my respects and Honour to all the Men and Women who fought so courageously in those Battles for Australia and especially to my comrades of30 RAAF Beaufighter Squadron, who flew and fought with skill and determination during those Battles for Australia.
I am reminded of the important help, encouragement and support of my Wife and of other families who were at home during those years who had such a lot to worry about while we were away fighting for our Country.
Might 1 take the occasion in this sacred place, our Cenotaph, to pay Honour to the memory of my Father.
My Father was without doubt a typically true Australian country lad who loved his Country and at 16 years old served his country in World War 1. He was killed in the Middle East in 1941, once again serving his country in time of war.
So what might we have as the take home value from our presence at today's Battle for Australia Commemorative Service?
Maybe it is that we should leave here, grateful for the privilege of being an Australia", secure in a free democratic country provided for us by the actions of many courageous people of another time.
Thank you for the opportunity of talking with you on this special day at Our Cenotaph.
(Fred received a resounding round of applause and much congratulating from the dignitaries at the Service. We were very proud that he was "our Fred".)
70 YEARS AGO
AUSTRALIAN MILITARY ANNIVERSARIES
- 04 First Japanese air-raid on Rabaul
- 12 Japanese troops enter Kuala Lumpar
- 23 Japanese troops landed at Rabaul, Kavieng and Balikpapan
- 29 Rommel's Afrika Corps retake Benghazi
- 31 Last British and Empire troops withdrawn from Malayan mainland to Singapore
- 04 Japanese demands for surrender of Singapore rejected
- 15 Singapore surrendered to Japanese
- 16 Japanese soldiers machine gun twenty-two Australian military nurses on the beach at Banka Island. One survives.
- 19 Japanese air-raids on Darwin begin at 9.58arn
- 01 HMAS Perth sunk in Sunda Strait
- 04 HMAS Yarra sunk
- 09 30 Squadron formed at Richmond RAAF Base
- 09 Japanese take Java
- 09 HMAS Vampire sunk by Japanese
- 5-8 Battle of the Coral Sea
- 31 Japanese submarines enter Sydney Harbourand shell the mainland and sink HMAS Kuttabull
- 04 Battle of Midway Islands began
- 08 Midget submarines attack Newcastle, Nth of Sydney
- 21 Fall of Tobruk
- 07 Australian 9th Division in action EI AJemain
- 21 Japanese landed at Gona: Papua campaign begins
- 21 Japanese Kokoda campaign begins
- 09 HMAS Canberra sunk
- 25-5 First defeat of Japanese land forces at Milne Bay
- 05 Japanese retreat by sea from Milne Bay
- 25 HMAS Voyager grounded and destroyed at Timor
- 23 Opening battle at El Alamein
- 02 Australian troops retake Kokoda
- 13 Australians capture Wairiopi
- 01 HMAS Armidale sunk by Japanese aircraft
- 09 Australians re-occupied Gona
The first Beaufighter was received by 30 Squadron
2nd June 1942
On 17th August the Squadron moved to Bohle River, near Townsville Q, in preparation for the move to Port Moresby, where it was to be based. In early September three Beaufighters arrived at Fall River, Milne Bay. From then on they were involved in activities, as listed above, doing a very important job - and that was six months before the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
This Squadron played a great part in saving Australia - which we sbould always be very grateful.
Thank you boys!
Some food for thought
a small snippet from Neville Parnell's "Beaufighters in the Pacific"
"Crews lived in tents and had only kerosene lamps for light. The Army supplied the food either tinned, such as bully beef, mutton, sausages, herrings, com and fruits, or dehydrated cabbage, peas, carrots, potatoes. There was also dried milk, egg powder and rolled oats. After one period of sixty-nine consecutive meals of bully beef and biscuits, the air staff raided the Army store, coming away with such luxuries as canned salmon, canned fruit and butter."
'I have heard since that some of the officers used to visit the Officer's Club in Moresby. None of us ordinary blokes knew anything about this. We had a dry air crew mess so it's no wonder we whinged about the food. The fresh food mentioned did not eventuate in my time with the squadron. In fact I served in another seven squadrons and without doubt, the rations in 30 Squadron were by far the worst and most unpalatable and monotonous of all.'
Quote by Ralph "Alfie" Nelson
Later, supplies were augmented when a weekly supply flight from Cairns Q brought in fresh vegetables and dehydrated foods."
Some more food for thought...
Recently on a caravan trip on our way to Lightning Ridge, Bill and I pulled into a roadhouse for a cuppa. We then decided to have an "all day breakfast" of bacon and eggs to carry us through the next few hours. Whilst waiting for our meal [ noticed a sign above our table.
Bacon and Eggs
A day's work for a chook
A lifetime commitmentfor a pig!
Enough to put you off your meal! Certainly we never thought of it that way before.
We ate it anyway. Yvonne
Wouldn't be much room in a Beau!!
Do you have a caption to go with this photo?
Amazing what you can do with a piece of scrap metal! !
Send in your ideas!!
CONGRATULATIONS ON REACHING ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!!!
CONGRATULATIONS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
BOB BRAZENOR & GEOFF ROSE (January) & MICK BARSLEY (February)
If you are turning 90 this year, please let us know. We can't say Happy Birthday unless you tell us!!
SPECIAL POEM FOR
A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyze myself.
One yellow piJJ I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it wou't stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won't shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I'm happy when I'm not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze..
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won't fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure aU kinds of ills.
But what I'd really like to knoW……..
Is what tells each one where to go!!
To the left or to the right?
..... And how do you know this?
Can't make up your mind?
Look carefully at the picture again.
Still don't know?
Pre-schoolers all over Australia were shown this picture and were asked the same question.
90% of the pre-schoolers gave this answer.
"The bus is travelling to the right."
When asked, "Why do you think the bus is travelling to the right?"
They answered: "Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."
How do you feel now? ... I know ... me too!
Some Useless Facts
- The name Wendy was made up for the book «Peter Pan".
- Most American car horns honk in the key of F.
- The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
- Barbie's fuji name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
- Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots
- Reindeer like to eat bananas.
- 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
- The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo :(
In conclusion I wouJd like to wish all of you good health and happiness for the coming year. We have had a few on the sick list lately, so we wish all of you speedy recoveries and a healthier 2012. Thank You to all the Committee members who make my job enjoyable by being such good friends and to the members who write me nice letters and ring for a chat. Don't forget we still need any stories and photos you may have.
Don't forget to fill in the forms on the next page and return ASAP. Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 1 st March at Richmond.