Category: Member Biography

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your 38 Squadron Association Committee

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  Brian (Jack) Plenty AM  (President)   My life at 38 Squadron began on posting to Caribou conversion in April 1977 at Richmond, NSW.  John Griffiths (Griff) was the Training Flight Commander who, along with George Bliss, Chuck Conner and Bob Bacchiella, tried to stop us: landing on the nose wheel during Short Take Offs […]

Ron Raymond remembers his Caribou Ferry

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LIKE BERT HINKLER   By Ron Raymond An extract from an autobiography.  To be published as ‘Over the Rainbow’. Thanks to Trev Benneworth and the RADSCHOOL Magazine.   During March 1964, the second group of crews proceeded to Toronto, Canada to undergo type rating training at the DeHavilland factory before accepting and ferrying a batch […]

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