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No. 38 Squadron (RAAF) Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

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Unit                                                                                   Far East Strategic Reserve Place                    […]

38 SQUADRON (RAAF) COMMANDING OFFICERS

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  By Brian (Jack) Plenty   The following lists the 38 Squadron Commanding Officers, squadron locations and aircraft flown since its formation on 15 September 1943 until the present (December 2017). The information has been compiled by Brian (Jack) Plenty and drawn from the 38 Squadron Commanding Officers’ Display Board (Squadron’s Board) located in the […]

38 Squadron Dakota A65-61, VH-CUT Crash Mount Carstensz, West Iran 18 September 1945

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By Brian (Jack) Plenty The following information has been collocated by Brian (Jack) Plenty and obtained from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Australian War Memorial (AWM) and websites ozatwar.com and ww2talk.com. As noted below, some further clarification research is ongoing. The accident At 6.00 am on 18 September 1945, 38 Squadron Dakota A65-61, VH-CUT […]

38 Squadron Hudson Aircraft

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38 Squadron Hudson Aircraft The following information has been compiled by Brian (Jack) Plenty and drawn from www.adf-serials.com.au/2a16.htm  RAAF A16 Lockheed Hudson Mk I, Mk II, Mk III, Mk IIIA, Mk IV, Mk IVA, www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_lockeed_hudson_IV. html, the Australian War Memorial website, the books Anson, Hudson & Sunderland in Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, Aerospace Publications, […]

38 Squadron 74th Birthday

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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 […]

A Wikipedia History of 38 Squadron

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia in accordance with their Terms of Use.   No. 38 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) transport unit. It was formed in 1943 and saw service during World War II transporting supplies and personnel between Australia and the combat zones in New Guinea and Borneo, using Douglas Dakota […]

John Noel Gordon BELLAMY, AFC OAM

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      John Noel Gordon BELLAMY, AFC OAM (generally known as Noel Bellamy)  was born on 3rd June 1928 at Drouin in Gippsland, Victoria and grew up in the Alice Springs area. His long and illustrious career in aviation started when he joined the RAAF in 1949, and continued until he was hospitalised early […]

New Guinea Trainers

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By Jeff Pedrina.   Some readers may remember these sorties, which were part of the Dakota, and later the Caribou conversion course at 38 Squadron. Usually 2 aircraft were programmed, each accommodating the course members and of course two QFIs. One, in particular, I remember during my Caribou conversion. The official start point was Port […]

30 Aug 80 – RAAF provided tactical air support to Vanuatu

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      On this day, No 38 Squadron Caribou A4-152 departed Richmond for Port Vila, Vanuatu to provide tactical transport support for the PNGDF’s Kumul Force.  The Prime Minister-elect of the newly-formed nation of Vanuatu (formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides), Father Walter Lini, had asked for help from members of the South Pacific Forum […]

Vale Reginald William Rockliff (Rocky)

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      WGCDR RAAF (Ret) Reginald William Rockliff (Rocky).       Rocky Rockliff Rocky was born in West Midland, West Australia, on the 22nd October, 1922. He went to school at the Katanning State School and left when he was 15 after finishing 9th grade. This gave him the Junior Certificate. He started […]

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