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Colin Fee, President
Friends of the RAAF Museum Inc.
This year’s Lecture will be about the North American
Sabre and derivatives and will be on Friday, the 3rd of
September, at 7.30 for 8.00pm in the Officers Mess
Ante Room at Laverton (where it was held last time).
Drinks at bar prices and all Friends, their friends and
partners are welcome to attend.
This event will be advertised and be open to the public
and entry will be free.
It is very important that you register your intention to
attend the event with the Secretary of the Friends as,
being held on a military base, an attendance list will be
lodged with Laverton Base gate security. Also, photo
identity should be carried. You can register your intention
to attend by emailing: email@example.com, write to
Merz Lecture, 83 Betula Avenue, Bundoora Vic. 3083 or
telephone 03 9467 4672.
At right is one of the photos that will be included in the
lecture: Sabre A94-922 was held as a training aid and was
used to teach surface finishing. Apparently, in 1983, three
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sailors on an aircraft finishing course were ordered to
paint the Sabre. Pictured is what they came up with –
the same colour scheme as the RAN’s VC724 Squadron
Macchis. Needless to say the RAAF was not impressed.
You have to admit that it looks good.
Welcome to the Winter 2010 edition of Aerogram.
I trust you are keeping warm, warding off the winter blues and
dreaded lurgi and not fretting too much of the fate of the
Socceroos. Speaking of things wintry we seem to have the
knack of picking the wintry weekends for our annual dinner.
Nearly 70 Friends and their guests joined us at the Yarraville
Club on the evening of 5 June to enjoy a delicious dinner and
listen to our guest speaker Mr Peter Isaacson. Peter was a
World War II Pathfinder pilot with RAF Bomber Command who
famously flew the Lancaster bomber Q for Queenie under the
Sydney Harbour bridge in 1943. Peter spoke of the operations
of Bomber Command during the second world war for
approximately 45 minutes, holding the attentive audience in
raptures during the entire time. You literally could have heard a
pin drop. During his speech Peter raised a number of
questions about the popular historical view of some of the
targets of Bomber Command and the criticism levelled at the
commander of Bomber Command, Air Marshal Sir Arthur
Harris. To me, Peter’s most poignant counter argument to the
criticisms was that there was a war on, that war is inherently
violent and under such circumstances any moral arguments
are moot. It was argued that the only way to shorten a war was
to win and to win at all costs. (Further commentary and photos
on pages 15 and 23. Ed.)
In May I had the honour of attending the official opening of the
latest RAAF Museum Special Exhibition on your behalf. The
exhibition, Operation Magpies Return, was opened by CAF Air
Marshal Mark Binskin and outlines the efforts to repatriate the
last two remaining Australian serviceman listed as Missing in
Action during the Vietnam War. It is a fascinating and moving
story and all Friends are commended to visit the exhibition
when they can. (See pages 8-9. Ed.)
May also saw the AGM conducted in P190 on a cool Sunday
morning. Your hard working committee remains unchanged
and we’ll continue to work hard at fulfilling the goals of the
Friends. A number of issues were raised by the attendant
members that the committee has taken up. Of note were the
compulsory attendance of Active Members at the RAAF
Museum First and Fire Training Days; whether or not the
current subscription levels for our paying members were
sustainable, and whether this very journal you are enjoying now
ought to have a net cost on the membership. The Committee
will continue to debate these issues with a view to reaching a
consensus in due course.
Looking forward, our next event will be the George Merz
Memorial Lecture to be held on the evening of Friday 3
September in the Officers’ Mess at Laverton. This year’s topic
is the F-86 Sabre and its variants. We look forward to seeing
you there and encourage you to bring as many guests as you
The next time you visit the Museum have a look out for our
new recruitment signs that will be appearing at various
locations. We are using them to help promote the Friends to
the visiting public. The Committee wishes to thank the Museum
for their assistance in procuring and placing the signs.
Till the next edition, keep safe and well.
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