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Over Illawarra show
One veteran reunited with 38SQN at
Illawarra was former Caribou pilot Jock
Castles, who enjoyed a brief career with
Having spent 25 years with the Royal
Air Force flying Spitfires and Sunderland
flying boats, Mr Castles came to 38SQN
Despite the jet age being well under-
way, Mr Castles was happy to convert on
to the Caribou at RAAF Base Richmond.
"I was getting on in years, and
Caribou flying was nice and slow, which
fit my age," he said.
Following conversion, he spent a year
in Vietnam with 35SQN Caribous before
returning to 38SQN to complete his fly-
ing career in 1970.
"It was nice to finish up on Caribous
-- I enjoyed it," Mr Castles said.
The Caribou's 45-year innings with
38SQN represents just one chapter of the
squadron's outstanding service, which
began on 14 September, 1943.
Formed at Richmond, it flew
Lockheed Hudsons until the following
year, when enough Dakota transports
became available to the squadron.
The Dakota would be the squadron's
charge for the next 20 years. During that
time, they flew journalists to Hiroshima
weeks after the atomic blast; carried
paintbrushes from civil war in China;
and supported Allied units in Malaya and
Delivery of the Caribou took 38SQN
to Indonesia, Pakistan, East Timor and
Solomon Islands, as well as consolidat-
ing the unit's record of flying in Papua
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Above, 38SQN
pilot FLTLT Matthew Sullivan chats with past
38SQN pilot Jock Castles during the Wings Over
Illawarra Air Show. Right, the RAAF Roulettes
wow the crowds during the flying display. Below
left, crowds check out the 76SQN Hawk 127
static display. Below right, a former ARDU Dakota
transport aircraft, operated by HARS, comes into
land during the show.
Photos: SGT Ricky Fuller
ON SHOW: Above, 38SQN's 70th
anniversary KA350 King Air tail crest;
below, the Air Force Balloon lifts off
for a tethered flight.
NICE CRAFT: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown looks over former Air Force
pilot Matt Hall's MXS-R air race plane,
which Mr Hall flew during the Wings
Over Illawarra Air Show, right. Above
right, crowds enjoy the 38SQN history
on display with the KA350 King Air
alongside retired Caribou and Dakota
aircraft on the air show flightline.
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