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July 5, 2012
FLTLT Cath Friend
FORTY years of service was recognised
when WOFF Richard Judd was awarded
the Federation Star to the Defence Long
Service Medal on May 25.
WOFF Judd joined the Air Force as a
16-year-old apprentice in 1972, looking
for a different life from his father.
"I used to watch my father every
working day walk to the local railway
station in Melbourne, get on a train, read
The Herald and go to the same office,"
"That life seemed incredibly bor-
ing. I decided to join the Defence Force
because I wanted an exciting life and I
wanted to do something different. I cer-
tainly got that."
WOFF Judd has served more than
22 years as a warrant officer after being
promoted in 1990.
"At the time of joining I didn't think
about completing 20 or 40 years, I
just wanted to pass the apprentice
scheme and get on with the job," he
said. "The thing that has kept me in the
Air Force is that I have always had job
satisfaction. I enjoy what I do and I feel
like I'm contributing."
As the Warrant Officer Engineering
at 76SQN, WOFF Judd served under
Commander Air Combat Group AIRCDRE
"It was an absolute privilege to have
WOFF Judd work for me and I think
(he) is still one of the best warrant
officer engineers I have ever seen in my
career and I hold him in great esteem,"
AIRCDRE Grady said.
WOFF Judd said his time in the Air
Force was almost over as he planned to
retire in January.
"I am leaving the service early next
year, so for the young people out there, I
am getting out of the way so you may be
promoted," he said.
Richard Judd is awarded
his Federation Star and a
commemorative Air Force book
by CDR ACG AIRCDRE Anthony
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
Young and old
take to the air
NUMBER 8 Squadron Beaufort
pilot Max Brown and wireless air
gunners Peter Jowett and Ron
Appleton provided a window
to the past for FLTLT Kirsten
Gunn, who flew the King Air car-
rying the three members of the
RAAF Association to Temora.
FLTLT Gunn said it was fan-
tastic to have them as passengers
on the King Air, as they "provid-
ed an insight into such a different
era of Air Force flying; one of
necessity and sacrifice".
"Mr Brown told me they lost
120 personnel, and both Mr
Jowett and Mr Appleton's crew
pilots were killed; sadly, one in a
training accident on a bombing
range in Victoria," FLTLT Gunn
While the crew conducted its
meticulous pre-flight inspection
of the King Air, Mr Brown told
them about doing several back-
to-back raids in a single day and
once having to pump up a flat
tyre on take-off in the hope that
there would be enough air pres-
sure to hold up when they landed
at the end of the raid.
"They were amazed at how
we operate modern day aircraft,
especially how robust and vocal
our procedures are as we check,
and cross check everything done
in the cockpit," FLTLT Gunn
"They had only rudimentary
navigational systems and flew
everything hands and feet, getting
shot at while doing so.
"I cannot comprehend how
challenging it must have been to
put oneself (and one's crew) in
harm's way so repeatedly."
Mr Brown flew to Temora in
the jump seat.
"This is amazing," he said at
top of climb, at 20,000 feet.
"In the Beaufort, we'd still be
climbing through 4500 feet."
Mr Brown flew 93 raids with
8SQN but denied having any
claim to fame.
"All I did was bring home an
unscathed crew," he said.
FLTLT Kirsten Gunn
THE 70th anniversary of 32SQN
was marked again at the Temora
Aviation Museum on June 2 when
one of the squadron's latest aircraft,
the King Air 350, flew in formation
with the squadron's first, a Hudson
The restored Hudson had been
scheduled to attend the squadron's
anniversary commemorations at
RAAF Base East Sale in March
but was cancelled because of poor
Instead, two King Airs flew to
Temora for the air show.
One was piloted by Navy's
LEUT Warren Oates for the actual
flyover and the other, piloted by
FLTLT Kirsten Gunn, carried three
members of the RAAF Association
-- 8SQN Beaufort pilot Max Brown
and wireless air gunners Peter
Jowett and Ron Appleton -- and
served as a backup aircraft for the
LEUT Oates said flying with the
Hudson was like taking a step back
in time to WWII.
"It was easy to imagine what
it was like to be heading off on a
patrol, in what was essentially a
very vulnerable aircraft, and being
exposed to the threat of encounter-
ing Japanese Zeros," he said.
The Hudson pilot, Doug
Hamilton, showed the Hudson was
a very responsive aircraft at lighter
weights, with the aircraft banking
past the vertical in a series of high-
King Air co-pilot PLTOFF
Alexander Evans said the condi-
tion of the aircraft, and the great
skill with which they were flown,
were testament to the dedication the
Temora Aviation Museum staff have
to keeping Australia's military avia-
tion history alive.
CONTRAST IN THE CLOUDS: The restored Hudson bomber
flies in formation with the 32SQN King Air, showing off its 70th
anniversary tail, at Temora.
Photo: SGT Kirk Peacock
WINDOW TO THE PAST: From left, FLTLT Kirsten Gunn, Peter Jowett, Max Brown, Ron Appleton and
PLTOFF Clinton Glover.
Photo: SGT Kirk Peacock
Then and now: an insight
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