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June 6, 2013
Master of Systems
Never Stand Still
School of Engineering and Information Te chnology
-- Systems Engineering Practice
-- Requirements Engineering
-- Test & Evaluation
-- Capability Option Analysis
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-- Marine Engineering
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Entry to the program is available
-- with a relevant first degree
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Applications for Semester 2 close
20 June 2013 (Defence funding
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The Master of Systems Engineering (MSysEng) at the University of New South Wales
in Canberra provides you with the opportunity to acquire high-level understanding
and advanced analytical skills in the key areas of systems engineering, requirements
engineering, test and evaluation, and capability option analysis.
FLGOFF Iain Slater
A MEMORIAL service was held at the
RAAF Memorial Grove in Canberra
on May 16 to unveil two memorial
plaques dedicated to the Odd Bods UK
Association and 34SQN.
Unveiled by the President of the
Odd Bods UK Association, former
SQNLDR Walter Eacott, and CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown, the Odd
Bods plaque provides the first formal
recognition in Australia for a group
of Australian airmen who fought in
World War II.
The Odd Bods UK Association is
comprised of those RAAF airmen who
flew in squadrons not on the RAAF
Order of Battle during WWII.
Mr Eacott said he was delighted to
share the occasion with 34SQN, mak-
ing it a colourful day.
"We pay homage to our lost com-
rades from Australia, to those in our
ranks who have since died, and to cel-
ebrate our continuance into our nine-
ties and beyond -- I hope," he said.
The 34SQN plaque was also
unveiled and dedicated to previous
and current serving members of the
The plaque was unveiled by CO
34SQN WGCDR John Davidson, who
has a close connection with the Odd
Bods, through his grandfather.
"He was a Mosquito navigator
flying a night fighter out of Malta in
WWII, and although he didn't live
the Odd Bods, it's an organisation
that remembers his role," WGCDR
"This is also a rare opportunity for
the people at 34SQN to connect with
WWII veterans who served overseas in
other Empire units.
"They are a really inspirational
bunch, and it's something great for the
younger people in 34SQN to see."
The Odd Bods UK Association is
comprised of former RAAF aircrew
that served with the RAF from 1939-
45 under the Empire Air Training
Scheme. The members of the scheme
include RAAF and Allied air force
men who had served in the UK,
Europe and the Middle East on units
outside the control of the RAAF and
had no unit organisation in Australia.
Former FLGOFF George Smith,
Secretary of the Odd Bods UK
Association and Holder of the French
Chevalier de la Legion d' Hounneur,
explained how the association came
about. "In 1946, a few of us sat listen-
ing to others prattling on about the
regimental and unit reunions they had
attended during the Anzac Day com-
memorations and wondered where
and how we could fit into that reunion
business," Mr Smith said.
The group met informally over the
years, and grew to about 500 mem-
bers. They formalised the association
in 1954, using the RAF term for non-
RAF personnel -- "odd-bodies".
From 1939-45 about 125,000
young men drawn from Australia
and the other British dominions vol-
unteered to serve in the RAF. Also
serving under the scheme were about
27,000 RAAF personnel who suffered
a battle casualty rate of around 30 per
cent of the total number engaged in
operations -- some of the heaviest fatal
battle casualties of Australia's armed
forces in WWII.
34SQN was formed on February
23, 1942, and served in the South-West
Pacific during WWII. It was reformed
at Fairbairn in July 1959. Its prime
role is the carriage of regal, vice-regal
and cabinet passengers and plays a key
part in Australia taking its place on the
THE RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage
Centre is now home to a fully restored
Canberra Bomber, which was unveiled
on the 46th anniversary of its first bomb-
ing mission on April 23, 1967.
A84-242 was unveiled on April 21
during the Heritage Centre's Public
Open Day, attended by more than 500
people, including members of the 2SQN
The restoration of A84-242 started in
December 2007, taking about six years to
complete, amounting to more than 8800
hours. The work was initially done by
volunteers and during the final phase of
preparation and painting a number of Air
Force reservists joined in to complete the
The first flight of A84-242 took place
on June 6, 1957, and the aircraft was
delivered to the RAAF on August 16,
1957. A84-242 served with 2SQN in
the Malayan Emergency and took part
in the first jet bombing mission of the
Emergency on September 3, 1958.
The aircraft also served with 2SQN
in Vietnam as part of the US Air Force's
35th Tactical Fighter Wing, arriving at
Phan Rang Air Base on April 19, 1967,
from RAAF Base Butterworth, Malaysia.
A84-242 took part in the first bombing
Odd Bods even the score
REUNION: Members of the Odd Bods UK Association with CO 34SQN
WGCDR John Davidson and CAF AIRMSHL Marshal Geoff Brown.
lands new home
RECOGNITION: Ken Stone reflects after placing a wreath at the 34SQN plaque. Inset,
Chaplain AIRCDRE Kevin Russell reads the opening prayer during the memorial plaque
Photos: CPL Guy Young
UNVEILING: Former Canberra
Bomber aircrew, navigator Ted
Marmount, left, and pilot Peter
Jerden attended the ceremony at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: LACW Jessica de Rouw
mission in Vietnam on April 23, 1967,
and returned from Vietnam to Amberley
on June 4, 1971.
It was allocated to RAAF Base
Amberley Fire Section on August 12,
1986, and used as a fire-fighting training
aid and sprayed with foam, but luckily
not torched. After years of being sprayed
with foam, A84-242 was left with a
severe amount of corrosion. It was then
reallocated to the Amberley restoration
hangar in December 2007.
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