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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the sur vey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
September 1, 2011
THE bonds forged between a south
Queensland pastoralist family and a
RAAF squadron during WWII were
cemented when a special memorial
was unveiled recently.
During the war, a bombing range
was established on the Wyaralong
Station, owned by the Philp family,
near RAAF Base Amberley. 23SQN,
which flew Wirraways at the time,
was given access to conduct gunnery
and bombing training on the range
before deploying overseas.
WGCDR Thomas Philp became
the squadron's longest-serving CO
and another squadron member, Colin
Firth, married one of the Philp daugh-
ters and subsequently became the
The Senior ADF officer at
Amberley, AIRCDRE Noddy Sawade,
CO 23SQN WGCDR Clive Wells
and 35 23SQN personnel joined
other guests and family members
at a special ceremony on June 24
as Queensland Governor Penelope
Wensley unveiled the memorial. She
is the squadron's honorary AIRCDRE.
The memorial comprises a large
bronze model of a wedgetail eagle
(the symbol of both the Air Force and
totem of the traditional inhabitants of
the area) and a bronze plaque with a
model of a Wirraway, both placed on
a large rock excavated from the dam's
Beside the stone is a post to which
are attached perspex plaques with the
Air Force and squadron badges and
another telling the stories of the sta-
tion and squadron.
Although the range site is on
private property, the memorial
is erected on the Wyaralong Dam
Recreation Reserve and is accessible
to the public.
WGCDR Wells said that it may be
used for ceremonial activities in the
During WWII, 23SQN and other
RAAF squadrons based in south-
east Queensland used the Wyaralong
area as a deployed airfield for
bombing and gunnery range prac-
property's paddocks. Wirraways,
Hudsons and Avro Ansons were a
common sight there.
On January 14, 1942, an Avro
Anson crash-landed on the property
after suffering engine failure.
A number of observer's huts were
established along the ridge adjoin-
ing the range while support personnel
from Amberley camped out in tents
alongside what was the Wyaralong
Lagoon for two weeks each month.
Minor remnants of the range
AT THE CEREMONY: Left, CO
23SQN WGCDR Clive Wells
with Jean Haughton Jones, a
descendent of the Philp family,
at the dedication ceremony at
Photos: LAC Benjamin Evans
THE author of A Woman's War,
Jacqueline Dinan, is gathering
material for a collection of mem-
oirs and is interested in hearing
from former WAAAF members
about their WWII experiences.
She has compiled questions
that she can post along with a
stamped and addressed envelope
for return postage. Ms Dinan can
be contacted on (03) 9499 5169
or email at email@example.com.
au. The questionnaire can also be
downloaded from www.eventive.
NUMBER 315 (AAFC) Squadron
will celebrate its 60th anniversary
on September 17 in Canberra. All
former squadron members are
invited to attend a parade and
squadron open day at the Multi
User Depot, HMAS Harman. For
more information, visit http://
Cadets alumni call
FORMER air cadets and former
staff of the ATC/AIRTC/AAFC are
asked to register their interest in
forming an Australian Air Cadet
Alumni Association. Current AAFC
staff members (but not current
cadets) are also welcome to
register their interest. To find out
more or register your details, go
to the interim website www.aafc.
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