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July 7, 2011
July 8: The Ceremonial Band will support the
OTS graduation parade at RAAF Base East Sale
July 20: The Ceremonial Band will support the
1RTU graduation parade at RAAF Base Wagga
To confirm dates and timings, call WOFF
Stephen Bate (03) 9256 2514.
AIR FORCE BAND
AN ARTICLE from Air Force News is being used to
help tell the story of one of Australia's worst maritime
disasters, the loss of the hospital ship Centaur.
It is on display at an exhibition at the Milne Bay
Military Museum in Toowoomba.
The exhibition opened on May 14, the same date
in 1943 the ship was sunk by the Japanese submarine
I-177 at 4.10am.
It sank in three minutes and only 64 of the ship's
complement of 332 survived.
In the April 14 edition of the newspaper,
SQNLDR Paul Lineham wrote about the sighting of
the survivors in the water by a 71SQN Avro Anson
36 hours after the sinking.
Museum curator Barrie Wallis said the Air Force
component of the display was substantial. As well
as the enlarged article, it comprised an Air Force
ensign, a Cheetah engine, the instrument panel and
control column from an Avro Anson, and a bullet-
damaged propeller also from an Anson.
"This was complemented with an original RAAF
pilot's uniform belonging to WOFF Len Waters
[Australia's only Aboriginal fighter pilot]," Mr Wallis
said.Other items in the display include a four-leg-
ged stool from the ship that was washed ashore at
Redcliff Beach and the uniform of a staff sergeant
with the 2/12 Field Ambulance who was sent to
assist the survivors after they were landed.
Mr Wallis said that the museum decided to pre-
sent the exhibition on Centaur after receiving the
"It provided an opportunity to present to the com-
munity the little-known and tragic history from our
own area, which was highlighted with the discovery
of the wreckage of Centaur," he said.
The display will run for two months but could be
extended if there is sufficient public interest.
Visitors look over
the inaugural 76SQN
at RAAF Base
Williamtown from May
13 to 16. The reunion
involved a dining-in
night and tours of
76SQN and Fighter
World, which has a
Mirage aircraft on
display. On base the
visitors were treated
to a static display of a
Hawk 127 and F/A-18
so they could compare
the jets. Inset, Horace
'Taffy' Davies took the
opportunity to look
over the Hawk.
Photos: LACW Amy Trebilco
LOOK-SEE: The Air Force component of the
display is substantial. Photo courtesy Milne Bay Museum
76SQN brings Mirage back into focus
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