Category: History

Two Air Forces

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Cunningham “Jock” Cassels joined the RAF in Edinburgh in September 1941, a few weeks after his 18th birthday. He was trained as a pilot and ended up in Egypt flying the Spitfire. After the war ended he was posted to a Sunderland squadron and flew that aircraft from the base in Wales. He retired from […]

Ian “Tiny” Ashbrook.


Some highlights from a Full Career in Aviation. Thanks to Ian (Tiny) Ashbrook and Radschool Magazine.       Ian (Tiny) Ashbrook served in the RAAF as a pilot and professional engineer in a range of command, policy, flying and specialist positions. He was awarded a Chief of Air Force Commendation in 1997 for the financial management […]

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

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Unit                                                                                   Far East Strategic Reserve Place                    […]


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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


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 and 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  RAAF A16 Lockheed Hudson Mk I, Mk II, Mk III, Mk IIIA, Mk IV, Mk IVA, html, the Australian War Memorial website, the books Anson, Hudson & Sunderland in Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, Aerospace Publications, […]

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 […]

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