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"Tropical Weather" - Jake Newham's gripping tale of flying his Sabre into the unknown in 1958.
Neil Handsley describes the groundcrew experience of Butterworth and the highly-ambitious Operation Sabre Ferry, 1958.
3 Squadron in Malaysia. An article embracing the era from 1958 to the present day, by FLGOFF Michael Keightley.
Butterworth Airbase History 3 Squadron's Malaysian home away from home from 1958 until the mid-80s.
3SQN Sabre Display Team - 1961. By Pete Scully
the RAAF's Avon Sabre" (F-86). By
Barry Weymouth. - With a focus on Airshow Displays.
Peter Larard's "Indonesian Confrontation" - Mid-air encounters in the mid-1960s!
"Commanding Officer DOWN!" - The loss of Vance Drummond in a Mirage accident at Williamtown in 1967.
"Highest Mountain" - A tragic story of the loss of Mirage pilot Lloyd Smith, 1972.
"Pietschy's High-Wire Spectacular" - A fast-flying Sabre intercepts some powerlines! 1971.
"Mirage Metamorphosis" - Brian Weston illustrates the Squadron's "Lizard" colour scheme in the early 1970s.
Drew Harrison's "Jet Age" Paintings. 3SQN from the 1950s to the current day - and beyond!
"Mirage Fun" - Some enjoyable 1970s Butterworth cartoons by the very talented Bill Chambers.
"Mirage Collision" - The tragic loss of 3SQN's "last" operational fatality, FLTLT Perry Kelly, in 1976.
1984 "Mirage Missile Misfire" - Commanding Officer Bruce 'Poodle' Wood discovers that it's not always lucky to win a lottery!
Hickey recalls a 1985 Mirage
Spin Incident during his Butterworth days.
tragic loss of Ross
FOX. - Hornet collision over the Top
End of Australia.
Darryl Luck's beautifully-illustrated report on 3 Squadron’s 2002 Operational Deployment to Diego Garcia in "Operation Slipper"
"Battle of the
Forces", 2002. 3 Squadron's Williamtown F18s fly
“Black Dagger” 2013 Townsville Bombing Exercise. Photo-Essay.
"A Padre's Tale"
Campbell Carroll, 2010.
"From 3 Squadron to Chief
of Air Force!"
- A profile of Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO.
2014 Announcement - No.3 Squadron to be the F35 Pioneers.
"Good Morning... SYRIA!" F/A-18A Pilot Interview, 2016.
Neil Smith's 3SQN Post-WW2 History Summary
2021 was the RAAF's Centennial Year. An excellent address by AVM Joe IERVASI, Air Commander Australia, summarises the highs and lows of the RAAF's "Century".
Seven Amazing RE8
3AFC Signaller Bert Billings' amazing record: "Gallipoli Start-to-Finish"
"Billy Stutt and the Richmond Flyboys" - 1916 aviation pioneering, mixed explosively with State politics!
"Fights in the Air" - 1916. - An interesting letter from the Western Front in France, at the time that the Squadron was "being born", back in Australia, at Point Cook.
Early training at Point Cook. James Brake’s Point Cook Photo Album is one of the jewels of the Australian War Memorial collection.
- From Original ANZAC to AFC Observer, 1918.
Australia's First Air Combat - Lawrence Wackett stars in a dashing tale from the Sinai desert.
What's in a Number? The bizarre story of how 3AFC gained its final identity during WW1.
The Sloane family honoured 2/AM Douglas Sloane with a book about his tragically short service with 3 Squadron AFC. He died with his pilot (Lt. Shapira) when their RE8 crashed while transiting from England to France in August 1917.
Mechanic Harold Edwards made the name-plate
for the Red Baron's coffin and was the longest-lived
WW1 A.F.C. veteran. Biography by Adrian Hellwig.
Frank Tarrant's hopeful Letters from the Western Front
"Stretcher Bearer!" Life in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front, diary by Rudy Schulstad.
Nigel Love Rains Destruction on German Artillery on the Western Front.
The Tragic Loss of Best & Lewis 12th April 1918. - Analysis of the family impact, by Michael Molkentin.
World War One in an RE8 Lt. Jack Treacy describes his exciting flying experiences.
"Convoy to the Somme" April 1918. By Air Mechanic Harold Edwards.
The Battle of Hamel, July 1918. - A key move towards VICTORY in WW1.
August 8th, 1918: 3SQN and the 'Black Day' of the German Army.Flying with 3 Sqn, Australian Flying Corps - By Lt. James ("Lee") Smith DFC.
shot down the Red Baron?" By Neil Smith,
based on the eyewitness testimony of his father: James "Lee"
A Western Front Photo Saved... Ray Williams rescues a historic 1918 photo.
Decoding "The Side Slipper" - Insights into a 3AFC "trench-mag" from 1918.
Lt. John Clifford Peel, AFC. - A historic 3AFC link to the Foundation of the Flying Doctor Service.
to Richmond!". 3 Squadron inaugurated RAAF
operations at Richmond in July 1925 - but many minor disasters ensued on
the journey there!
"Dog of War" - the surprising story of Rin-Tin-Tin and the WW1 Air Corps.
“, an interesting selection of 3AFC war-graves from WW1, in England and on the Western Front. ”
The RAAF's Friend in High Places - Senator Sir George Pearce and the Foundation of the RAAF.
Tragedy at Richmond RAAF Base (1929).
Demon Down! - In the Devils’ Den (1937).
Disastrous Demonstration - Townsville (1937).
3SQN’s Earliest WW2 Fatality… REVEALED AFTER 73 YEARS!
3SQN 1920s and 30s History Summary by Neil Smith
Complete 3SQN WW2 History Summary 1939-42 by Neil Smith
Gauntlets 1940 - Les Fitzpatrick
recalls the details.
Engine Fitter Val St Leon's Desert Days, 1941/42.
Roy Fitzgerald - Aerodrome Defence Gunner and Armourer 1940-42. (3SQN's first WW2 "kill" was a drogue-towing aircraft!)
"Australia's First-Ever Combined Operation" - 3SQN warmly welcomed in action in Syria in 1941.
The Story of Squadron Leader Hickey. An Australian lost in Greece, 1941. SHOT DOWN
"Prangs for the Memories" Harry Clare's interesting Syria Campaign photos from mid-1941.
George Dumont tells
of John Parr's
'Resurrection' at Tobruk, 1941.
Training and Ops Diary
of Tomahawk Pilot Hal ("Robbie") Roberts.
Bobby Gibbes Describes: How he was nearly killed on his first Combat Operation, 1941.
vivid description of the loss
of Geoff Hiller on 2 December 1941.
Newspaper Propaganda in 1941 "They should all be decorated!" (We agree!)
Barr's Brilliant Career - Straight out of Arabian
Barr's Brilliant Career - Straight out of Arabian
Granton Harrison flew
Buffalo Fighters in Malaya and later
Kittyhawks in Italy. He describes his remarkable
jungle adventures evading capture by the Japanese,
And we thought training in the RAAF was tough... - Saburo Sakai describes pilot-training in the Japanese Navy.
Lone Wolf -
Bobby Gibbes stalks his enemies, 13/12/1941.
Ivor Leaver and the Aerodrome Defence "Bofors Boys", 1940-1942.
Bobby Gibbes' extraordinary article: "There's No Glamour in Air Warfare" - Including an original air-combat report from Bir el Gobi, 25 November 1941.
The High Cost of
Victory... - Peter Turnbull falls in the pivotal Battle
of Milne Bay, September 1942, the first-ever defeat of a
Japanese invasion landing.
Bob Ulrich meets Peter Jeffrey - Bob's heart-warming tribute to this great man when he was running an Operational Training Unit in Mildura, 1942.
Memoir of Tom WOOD,
3SQN Kittyhawk Pilot 1942 and Prisoner
"Yarns in the Tent" A study of Mateship in 3 Squadron in North Africa and Italy.
Reg Pfeiffer on the Chaos of Retreat... - January 1942.
Complete 3SQN WW2 History Summary 1942-45 by Neil Smith
History Essay: the Pivotal Battle of
July to November 1942
Eric Canning in a Mass Escape
- Italy 1942.
Keith Kildey was a great 3SQN combat leader, a top shot, and he also made the "Cricketing News". 1942.
Holder's "Death" were wildly exaggerated! -
Shot down November 1942.
A graphic description of Living Conditions in the Desert.
"Blackie" and "Blondie's" War - Ace Pilots Al Rawlinson and Jock Perrin, 1938-1942.
Gibbes Rescues Rex Bayly
- in a single-seater Kittyhawk! 21 December 1942.
A Knight Bold and Brave - How Harry Knight won his BEM. Tales from 1942 and 1944.
Tommy Jones' Daily Diary. Weather, war news and life's interesting moments of a 3SQN Ground Crew Member - from 1942 to 1945. Africa and Italy.
Peter Turnbull "Points the Bone" - Port Moresby 1942.
Wanders the Desert - New Year 1943.
War" - The engrossing story of Jack Lusby,
one of the 'Lost Tribe'
of 3SQN replacements in Africa.
(NB. Comprising three books: see also: Book2; Book3;
and Jack's separate Short Story: "A Flying Fragment".)
Illustrated Operations Diary of
Flight Sergeant Brian M. Thompson, DFM. 1941-42.
Escapades. POW 1941-1943.
"The Car" -
Tom Russell's story of his 1943 adventure to Algiers with his mates,
once the fighting in Africa was over.
John Howell-Price recalls his ride in Tom
Russell's "hot" Chevvie
"The" Me109 ... by Ken McRae. 3 Squadron preserves a valuable Messerschmitt, November 1942.
Low-Level Raid on Magrun. Alan Righetti's daredevil story of the time that he "copped some flak" in November 1942.
Alan Righetti shoots down Günther Mielenz - 30 December 1942.
March 1943 - Rescuing the Free French at
Ksar Rhilane, Tunisia
Major Müncheberg's Two
22 January 1943
'Cliftied' Pork was on the menu for Bill Shoesmith's Christmas at Mileni, 1943.
Grave. Poignant pictures. 30 Dec 1943
describes some of the Squadron's "black days" at the start of
"Battles of Attrition"
Danny Boardman & Keith Kildey in the Desert, 1942-43.
A bizarre POW story
of bad luck and "friendly fire": "The Four Funerals
of Doc McLeod"
"Woof" Arthur, a 3 Squadron veteran who went on to lead the fight against the Japanese in New Guinea, 1943.
A Tribute to 3
Squadron's Ground Crew in the
Desert, 1943. - By Bobby Gibbes DSO,
DFC & Bar.
"home run" to Switzerland, 1943:
to Break Out"
The Illustrated 1942-45 Diary of 3SQN Fitter Corporal Colin FAEHSE.
Ted Hankey's 13 Days to
- October 1943, Central Italy.
The Three Padres
The remarkable trio who did so much for RAAF personnel in Africa and Italy.
Reg Stevens, DFC
and Bar. 1943
Valedictions, including a stirring Radio Broadcast
(And an explanation for his Bad Back...)
No.3 Squadron and the "Plot to Kill Hitler" by Kittyhawk Pilot Tom Russell.
Bruce Burchfield - Into the
over the Straits of Messina, August 1943.
"3 Squadron Invades Italy"
The boys become the first Allied Squadron to operate from the Italian Mainland. September 1943.
The Battle of Termoli -
Frantic action in October 1943.
BARR's own account of one of his adventurous escapes from
German captivity, in the depths of the Italian winter of
3 Squadron in Malta - July 1943 Photo-Essay.
Fred McKay's Letter from Cutella - Living
conditions in February 1944.
Bruce Burchfield's Cutella Diary 1944.
Hogg and Ken Watts 1944-45.
"Sunk by 3SQN" - Feb.1944 - Reports from German crews who were on the receiving end of the Squadron's anti-shipping attacks, off the Croatian coast.
Dam Busting! - One of 3 Squadron's most exciting missions. Cutella/Pescara Dam, 1944.
"Blue" Glennan and the Engineering boys, keeping things together in Italy, 1944/45.
Service History and Photos of Medical Sgt Lou KEMP. Africa, Sicily and Italy 1942-44.
The Death of Ray
FARIA and the
Kindness of Strangers.
Bob Ulrich’s Dalmatian
Dogpaddles - Shot down over Yugoslavia in
1944, Bob was twice rescued
by the same Partisan Patrol Boat.
"Barry Finch's Trip to the Seaside" 3 Squadron adds a 3,000-tonne German Destroyer to its list of shipping victories. 5 November 1944.
"Boxing Day" - 3 Squadron's P-51 Mustang action against Italian Me109Gs at Aviano in Northern Italy, 26 Dec 1944.
Lew Ranger's viewpoint: "The possible effects dive-bombing may have on the pilot's body."
Arthur Pardey - Training to become a 3SQN Mustang Pilot
"Slovenian Mustang Muster" - Modern-day Archaeology in former Yugoslav territory is revealing fascinating remnants of some of 3SQN's shot-down Mustangs from 1945!
visits the site where his
dad's Mustang was shot down in Italy. April
Rev Fred McKay's Letter to Home Folks - Summarising the end of the war in 1945.
POW from 1942-45, Breaks
through the Iron Curtain, May 1945
Clark's Lousy Long March
- through Yugoslavia with the Partisans in 1945! Lavishly
An exciting RAAF
air-sea warfare history: "Fighting
the U-boats" 1940-45.
Bluey Beales' "Italian Finale" - 1945
Lew Ranger pays
tribute to his pal:
"Jungle Jim" Edmonds - 3 Squadron's last combat
fatality, April 1945.
Memoirs of RAAF
Nurse Joan Loutit:
Air-Evacuation in WW2.
Stan CURRAN’s story of ill-advised low-flying “Recruiting Hi-Jinks, 1948”.
How the 3SQN Association Began (1946).
Peter King Gives a Charitable UK View on the Modern Spirit of ANZAC Day.
50 years on, Bob Ulrich receives a call from 'a Fan'...
Father Bill Stevens, nephew of Squadron Leader Reg Stevens, on the Personal Meaning of ANZAC Day
"Are You Dinky Di?" - A humorous look at whether our 2007 'Citizenship Test' was worth fighting for.
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