Author: Matt Struthers

Callout to Veterans of East Timor to attend the InterFET Anniversary TourCallout to Veterans of East Timor to attend the InterFET Anniversary Tour

From Mark Herewini Dear Sir/Mame, I am a former member of the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment who has organised a tour for veterans to return to Timor Leste in September this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their vote for independence and the deployment of the Australian led International Forces East Timor peacemaking mission […]

38 Squadron 74th Birthday38 Squadron 74th Birthday

A hangar cocktail party celebrated 38 Squadron’s 74th birthday on Friday 15SEP17. Squadron members and partners were treated to 10 courses of canape’s and fantastic music provided by members of 1RAR band. The incoming OC86WG, GPCAPT Steve Pesce attended the evening catching up with Caribou aircrew WGCDR Mike Ward (CO), SQNLDR’s Matt Plenty (XO) and […]

Landing with No Main Landing GearLanding with No Main Landing Gear

Landing with No Main Landing Gear – Copy Reference: RadSchool Magazine Volume 52 Many years ago, (Sept 1968) Caribou A4-233 landed on its nose wheel and ramp door. The aircraft had just come out of the hangar after a D (major) service and unbeknown to one and all, the rods that close the left-hand under-carriage doors when the […]

22 April 1964 – First Caribous delivered to the RAAF22 April 1964 – First Caribous delivered to the RAAF

On this day, three DHC-4 Caribou Mk 1 light transports arrived at RAAF Base Richmond on delivery from the De Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada factory at Downsview in Toronto, Ontario.  The Australian Government had placed an order for 18 of these aircraft in May 1963, the intention being to completely re-equip No 38 Squadron […]

21 Jul 1950 – RAAF transports flew in Malayan Emergency21 Jul 1950 – RAAF transports flew in Malayan Emergency

On 21 April 1950, the British Government asked Australia for a direct contribution of air units to help in defeating a Communist-led insurgency which had broken out in Malaya 22 months earlier. Australia agreed on 19 May to send a squadron of eight C-47 Dakota transports, and a month later No 38 Squadron arrived at […]