Vale Amanda Johns nee Hutt (sourced from Facebook) RIP

21/02/2014 at 1:15 am

For those of you that remembered Amanda Johns (Nee Hutt) who was a Med Asst in the RAAF, she served at 3 hospital in Richmond for many years, in the 90s until she got married and then discharged. Amanda passed away suddenly on the 25th Jan 2014 ( last Sat) her funeral was held in Yamda in NSW on the on the 29 Jan 2014 ( last Wed) she was only 40 years old. Amanda has 3 young children and her husband Lee (Ex RAAF Fireman) and family and friends are heart broken.
For those of you that remembered Amanda Johns (Nee Hutt) who was a Med Asst in the RAAF, she served at 3 hospital in Richmond for many years, in the 90s until she got married and then discharged. Amanda passed away suddenly on the 25th Jan 2014 ( last Sat) her funeral was held in Yamda in NSW on the on the 29 Jan 2014 ( last Wed) she was only 40 years old. Amanda has 3 young children and her husband Lee (Ex RAAF Fireman) and family and friends are heart broken.

Vale Sqn Ldr Margaret Cass 1928 – 2013

05/12/2013 at 10:09 am

Taken from the recent Vic Newsletter 2013 Dec Issue. Apologies for not retyping.

Sqn Ldr Margaret Cass Vale Oct 2013

Sqn Ldr Margaret Cass Vale Oct 2013

Caroline has loaned us a photograph of Margaret Cass and
some notes on her Life History. To quote Caroline, “[t is not
easy to remember all the postings and the chronological order
escapes me! … I dare say a room full of ex-WRAAF who
knew Margaret would produce the best ‘picture’. One person’s
story sparks another and so it goes..”
So here is your starting point.
SQN LDR Margaret Cass
Margaret received her formal education at Methodist Ladies
College and began her professional life as a Private Secretary.
She spent a year in England and Europe gaining extra education
and experience.
Upon her retum she joined the WRAAF where she attained the
rank of SQNLDR. Postings included OIC WRAAF at Williamtown
where she spearheaded a very successful Miss Australia
Quest fundraising resulting in LACW Jean Shepherd
being crowned Miss NSW Charity Queen for 1972. From
there Margaret was posted to OIC WRAAF RTU at Edinburgh
SA. Then to Melbourne at lSD. SOPUBS and RAAF Base
Margaret was very fondly known as ‘Mama Cass’ and there
are no doubt many ex-WRAAF who will have great
Unfortunately ill health made life difficult in recent years
and Margaret died on I I October 2013. She fought
bravely and will be sadly missed by those who knew and
loved her.
Margaret had elected to not have a funeral service,
so we were unable to represent many ofViolet Flower
you and to pay our last respects to this lady.
Instead we opted to give a living plant to Caroline
as a symbol of our respect and our thanks
for her devotion as friend and carer to Margaret.
As a postscript, Caroline, who was in hospital
herself when Margaret passed away, is well
and coping very well with this
next phase in her life, with the
memories of her friendship as a

Vale Paddy McCormick from East Sale

13/01/2013 at 6:33 pm

Paddy McCormick passed away in Melbourne Hospital today, Sunday 13th January 2013. He was suffering from Lung Cancer.

Paddy was posted into RAAF Base East Sale in the 1960s as a Cook’s Assistant and then came back as a butcher in the Ration Store.  Paddy being Irish; naturally got the nick name Paddy. He and his family lived out at Longford after he got out of the Service, after twenty year. He worked on the Flight Line as a Civie after he got out.

At Rathmines NSW  East SAle Equipo Reunion 2012

At Rathmines NSW
East SAle Equipo Reunion 2012

Vale Maureen Garcia

30/09/2012 at 4:25 pm

An email today from Brisbane Branch

‘Maureen passed away this morning at 4 am. We will advise again when funeral details are known. At this stage we do know that it will be held on the Gold Coast.

For those of you who know of her friends who are not on email, could you please advise them.


Victorian Branch Newsletter September 2012

08/09/2012 at 1:50 am

Below is the Victorian Newsletter for September and my second last as you will read. The format below is from the PDF format copied and pasted into this post. It has not copied some photos. If you would like to view it in it’s original format I am uploading the PDF copy.

WRAAF NLtrIssue September 2012


Page 1 September 2012

Hello All
It has been an exceptionally busy year for me and unfortunately my health has been up and down like a yo yo. I’m sure I am far better off than many of you, but aches and pains and winter ills have been quite disruptive. And just recently I’ve had a recur-rence of my heart problems. (Quad Bypass in 2000). This has led me to think seriously about what I need to do in the next few years and though I will never put the WRAAF completely to one side; I have to prioritise. I have reluctantly decided that I must put this newsletter down and let someone else pick up the mantle. I will continue to develop a web site I have been setting up as part of my writing course and you all can watch me struggle by going to I will do one last edition of the newsletter in December/January 2013 and try and tie off any lose ends there might be.
This of course does not help any of you who do not have a computer and I am sorry that I cannot continue for you. I am going to suggest that you sign up to one of the other Branches and I will list their addresses in this issue. There are now quite a few web sites that those with internet facilities will be able to search out. Just Google them and you will be able to find them but I have listed the more prominent ones in the contact page overleaf.
Our lunches are held 3 times a year and you of course are invited to join us on the last Sunday of February, June and October. Details are on page 2.
It has been a pleasure writing to you all. I have enjoyed your letters to me and meeting some of you. Please con-tinue to send me your profiles as I am hoping to put them on the web site. I do feel like I am letting you down a bit but I have to get my house in order. For years I have put off sorting the mess and now that I have this second warning I have to think of my family and what is a priority. Please do not send any money to me or to the WRAAF Branch. If someone takes over the writing they will use my address list which after 3 years is finally coming together. You’d think it should, wouldn’t you. Not sure if I will be organised enough to run a web site but I can’t know until I try.
Be friends to your friends and I’ll see you at the next reunion in Perth and before that I’ll write December January.
Til then.

Warmest wishes
Lyn Mitchell

Ps Information on Perth Reunion 2013 in this issue
Lyn Mitchell
28 Jacqueline Rd
Mt Waverley Vic 3149
Phone: 03 9802 6835


Last Sunday in October 2012 at Ringwood RSL
16 Station Street, Ringwood Vic 3134
Ph # 9870 6604 Melways Map Ref 49H9
My email is
There is a train stop directly opposite.

Page 2 September 2012
WRAAF Victorian Luncheons are held on the LAST SUNDAY in February, June and October.

FEBRUARY is at Caulfied RSL
4 St Georges Road Elsternwick.
(Doors do not open til Midday)
Train: Get off at Elsternwick Station and turn right
Tram see Metro Information
No cent auction here. There is no room.
JUNE is at Altona RSL now (previously at Werribee)
Altona RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
31 Sargood St, (Postal – PO Box 37)
Altona Victoria 3018
Telephone: 9398 2817
Please note there is a train stop opposite the RSL. The RSL is on the corner. Buses do stop I believe in the same street. The building is on the beach side of the train line. It can be confus-ing.
We can organise a cent auction at this venue. We bring a small gift and have a raffle.
OCTOBER is at Ringwood RSL
16 Station Street, Ringwood Vic 3134
Ph # 9870 6604 Melways Map Ref 49H9
There is a train stop directly opposite.


I am interested in a 2013 REUNION in Western Australia. Enclosed is a $10 Regis-tration NAME: ………………………………. MAIDEN NAME: ………………. Email: ………………………………….Course Number: …………..
ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………….
Send form and money to:
WRAAF Branch, AFME Bull Creek Drive
For completion by WRAAF WA.
Receipt Number: ……………………………………………………………………….Date Received

Page 3 September 2012

Brisbane Branch WRAAF Branch (RAAF Association Queensland Div)
President: Rosie Forster
Secretary: Rosemary Coleman Phone: 07 3879 4889
Townsville Branch
Barbara Bower Phone: (07) 4778 4260
Sydney Branch WRAAF Branch NSW
President: Mrs Betty Sutherland, 14 Batt Street, Penrith 2750
Secretary: Mrs Margaret Wells, JP, 18 Woodland Avenue, Hazlebrook 2779
Phone Contact: 02 47 58 7153
Subscription & Envelopes: Subs are $5 subs and 3XSA stamped envelopes each year to ensure being on the mailing list.
Annual Luncheon held yearly in October.
Patron: Shirley McLaren
Treasurer: Shirley Delaney, 78 Wrench St, Cambridge Park NSW 2747
Phone: (02) 47 212 797
Canberra Branch Australian Capital Territory
Carol Johnston: (02) 62885086
Perth Branch WRAAF Branch (RAAF Association WA Div.)
Nora Cunningham, President Judy Bland, Secretary Phone No: 08 9401 8296 Email address: Meetings held first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Meg Olive Room, Air Force Memorial Estate, Bull Creek WA. Contact Judy if you would like to receive the WA newsletter.
Jane Dowdeswell: WA WRAAF Contact
WA Branch, are taking expressions of interest for the 2013 Reunion
Victorian Branch
June Gospel, President Phone No. 03 97415562
3 Queens Crt Werribee Vic 3030
Lyn Mitchell: Contact Website: 28 Jacqueline Rd Mt Waverley Vic 3149
Phone: 03 98026835 Email: Website:
Toowoomba Branch Queensland
Have reunion once a year usually in September
Enquiries Mrs Judy O’Loughlin
Phone: 07 4630 1157

The Brisbane Branch have a sponsored website. It’s called
Also Radschool Association have a great site for news
(especially if you married a RAAFie). It’s called
Then there is The Defence Alumni Network (DAN) Lyn Mitchell’s Site

Page 4 September 2012 Images of newsletter from WA branch on Reunion 2013 (click link to newsletter to get image)

Page 5 September 2012

This was probably submitted in Rosemary’s day. Maybe even printed but I think given everything that has happened to me of late, including another birthday as have all of you, it should be repeated. It was submitted by June Gospel passed on by her daughter Michelle.
The Old Woman
A very weird thing has happened. A strange oed lady has moved into my house. I have no idea who she is, where she came from, or how she got in. I certainly did not invite her. All I know is that one day she wasn’t there, and the next day she was! She is a clever old lady and manages to keep out of sight for the most part, but whenever I pass a mirror, I catch a glimpse of her. And, whenever I look in the mirror to check my ap-pearance, there she is hogging the whole thing, completely obliterating my gorgeous face and body. This is very rude! I have tried screaming at her, but she just screams back. The least she could do is offer to pay part of the rent, but no. Every once in a while, I find a dollar coin stuck in a coat pocket or some loose change under a sofa cushion, but it is not nearly enough. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I think she is steal-ing money from me. I go to the ATM and withdraw $100, and a few days later, it’s all gone! I certainly don’t spend money THAT fast, so I can only conclude the old lady is pilfering from me. You’d think she would spend some of that money to by wrinkle cream. And money isn’t the only think I think she is stealing. Food seems to disappear at an alarming rate, especially the good stuff like ice cream, cookies and candy. She must have a a real sweet tooth; but she’d better watch it, because she is really packing on the pounds. I suspect she realizes this, and to make herself feel better, she is tampering with my scales to make me think I am putting on weight too. For an old lady, she is quite childish. She likes to play nasty games, like going into my closets when I’m not home and altering my clothes so they don’t fit. And she messes with my files and papers so I can’t find anything. This is particularly annoying since I am extremely neat and organised. She has found other imaginative ways to annoy me. She gets into my mail, newspapers and magazines before I do and blurs the print so I can’t read it. And she has done something really sinister to the volume controls on my TV, ra-dio and telephone. Now all I hear are mumbles and whispers. She has done other things. Like make my stairs steeper, my vacuum heavier and all the knob and faucets harder to turn. She even made my bed higher so that getting into and out of it is a real challenge. Lately she has been fooling with my groceries before I put them away, applying glue to the lids, making it almost impossible for me to open the jars. She has taken the fun out of shopping for clothes. When I try something on, she stands in front of the dressing room mirror and mo-nopolises it. She looks totally ridiculous in some of those outfits; plus, she keeps me from seeing how great they look on me. Just when I though she couldn’t get any meaner, she proved me wrong. She came along when I went to get my picture taken for my driver’s licence; and just as the camera shutter clicked, she jumped in front of me! I hope she never finds out where YOU live.
When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for the mature figure was boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered.
They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job. Today’s stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip. The mature woman has a choice, she can either go to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippo-potamus that escaped from Disney’s Fantasia, or she can wander around every depart-ment store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands. What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rock-ets from a slingshot, which gives the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you would be protected from shark attacks. Any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash. (continue page 6)
Page 6 September 2012
I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place I gasped in horror, my boobs had disappeared! Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took awhile to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib. The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment. The bathing suit fitted all right, but unfortunately it only fitted those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom and sides. I looked like a lump of Playdoh wearing undersized cling wrap. As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, “Oh, there you are,” she said, admiring the bathing suit. I replied that I wasn’t so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two-piece that gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring. I struggled into a pair of leopard-skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan’s Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day. I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning. I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eye-brows to wear them. Finally, I found a suit that fitted, it was a two-piece affair with a shorts-style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ri-diculous search had a successful outcome, I figured. When I got it home, I found a label that read, “Material might become transparent in water.” So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I’m there too, I’ll be the one in cut-off jeans and a t-shirt! Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain, with or without a bath-ing suit!
Anyone who receives this & who wears a single digit dress size, THIS WAS SENT TO YOU IN ERROR, but I hope you got a chuckle out of it anyway.
NSW 48th Annual Reunion WRAAF (1951—1977)
Venue: NSW Leagues Club
Time 1130—1500 hours
Cost: $40.00 per person
Bar: Buy your own at bar prices
Contact Shirley Delaney, Treasure
WRAAF Reunion Group,78 Wrench Street, Cambridge Park NSW 2747
Cheques made payable to WRAAF Reunion Group
(include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if a receipt is required.

Page 7 September 2012

Douglas Barthelson is looking for names of people in RAAF Communication Operator Musterings. Your help will assist the current Radio School Staff recover and rebuild their records.
He is helping to rebuild a chronological record of all course photographs, member names (first and last) and course start and finish dates.
I am printing a couple on this page but their are many and quite frankly this newsletter does not get the coverage this deserves. We all know how hard it is to date and pick out faces and names of our own photos. However, we must do what we can in the name of Esprit de Corp.
If you know someone email me or ring 03 98026835 or write 28 Jacqueline Rd Mt Waverley Vic 3149.
We can’t put names to faces in this photo, but we’re sure that Bev Seach, Jean Dancey, Bob Delaney, Georgina Tatham, John Richards, “Strawb” Hart, Paul Curran, Jan Noack, Sandra Nichols and Denise Carey are in there somewhere, – perhaps someone can help.
26 TPRINOPS 1966

Page 8 September 2012

Photos of Women in the RAAF 2010. To see click on newsletter link above

Article 2010 Sunday Magazine
Below: October 8, 20111 Herald Sun Newspaper

Page 9 September 2012

Clare Lotan passed away in June 2012. Clare had not been well for some time.
Clare (W39606) was a Clerk Admin, joined August 1953, was on Course 47 and served 1953—1956 July 1956 at Sale, Laverton and Wagga Wagga. She joined the WRAAF Branch in January 1998 and served as Branch Secretary in 2002.
Noelene Park has advised me that Jan Weatherhead has lost her husband John. It was late May 2012. He died after a long illness. John was an active member of the local CFS for over twenty five years. CFA nmembers formed a guard of Honour at the church and gave as-sistance to Jan at this sad time. Jan also has been a long time active member of the CFA.
Editors Note: I have Jan’s address if anyone needs it. Contact me at 28 Jacqueline Rd Mt Waverley Vic 3149 or at
Kim (Marjery) Meade (nee Kimmitt) passed away 26/2/12 Kim was on Course 5 and served as an Equip Asst from 1951—54 at 1SD Tot-tenham.
Dorelee Dalton (nee McNamara, passed away on 10/11/11. Kim was a stewardess. Angela Bennett (nee Berwick), passed away August last year. Angela was an AMO and on Course 188 serving from 1970 –73.
Eunice Smith (nee Vidler) also has lost her husband aged 67 years from heart problems. Eunice is surrounded by her family which give great comfort. Eunice is a Rookie Course mate of mine. We flew to Adelaide on the same plane. Found each other in 2004 I think.
From Noelene Park: Richard (Dick) Nash, husband of Jan Nash (nee Heap) Course 125; passed away early July 2012 after a long illness. Dick was in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.
Sick List
Vic Branch
Beres McEnvoy
Marj Duffus
Una Cooper
Helen Martin
Barbara Marshall (Smith)
Una Cooper (McCauley)
Eileen Gilligan (Dunn)
Fay Wheatley (Brien)
Carol Johnston (Rudkin)
Wendy Canty
Lyn Morrison (Christmass)
Barbara Gilson (Willis)
90 Years of the RAAF (Published: No-vember 2011) Price: $50.00 (for hard copy)
This book is an illustrated “snapshot his-tory” of the Royal Australian Air Force that focuses, year by year, on specific chrono-logical events from its formation in 1921 to the present day. It captures not only the highlights and achievements of the last 90 years, but also its low points. For more in-formation on this publication and how you can obtain a copy, see the RAAF APDC website at:
WRANS Christmas Luncheon will be held at Sydney RSL Club on 17th November. Any-one wishing to attend along with Betty Sutherland, Shirley Delaney and Margaret Wells would be made welcome. Cost $35 and contact Margaret (NSW) on 02 47 587153
Fay Stever (Budden) June 2012 following a long battle. Fay was an EquipAsst/TeleOp Cpl, was on Course 58 and served 1955-1958.
Page 10 September 2012
Please be advised any cancellations made within 24 hours of arrival will incur a first night penalty
The group rate for the WRAAF reunion is $260 room only, this is for a Superior Queen room (1 Queen size bed) or a Twin Superior Room ( 2 double beds). The group rate is available for the dates Friday 11, Sat 12th and Sunday 13th October 2013. Any dates out-side will be charged at the hotels best available rate at that time, however Perth rates can be quite high especially Monday to Thurs-day as it is the busiest times for the hotel, at this stage dates outside the group date range have been quoted at $359.00 per night to some of the WRAAF ladies I have been in contact with. Alternatively if you wish to email me your number I will be able to contact you directly.
My direct number is 08 92631843 and I work Mon to Friday 7am to 4:30pm.
I have called Stephen today 6/9/2012 and there is extra information. You must book by email or by fax.
The fax # is 08 92631801. If you have neither then I would advise you to write and try to keep a photocopy of your letter. Steve does want to have visible records. There will be a special on the breakfast at the CBD restau-rant for $28 and cannot be changed by 2013. If you wish to book outside the days of 11/12/13th October 2013, please email Stephen on his direct email and request a special rate. He can then consider to lower the rate—to around the $360 mark. There is also a $50 charge per each guest over 2 people who may stay in your room over-night.
Steve’s email is
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Vale Angela Bennett (nee Berwick)

31/08/2012 at 3:22 am

Passed away August last year. Angela was an AMO and on Course 188 serving from 1970-73.

Vale Dorelee Dalton (nee McNamara)

31/08/2012 at 3:21 am

Vale Kim (Marjery) Meade (nee Kimmitt)

31/08/2012 at 3:16 am

Passed away 26th February 2012. Kim was on Course 5 and served as an Equip Asst from 1951 -1954 at 1SD Tottenham.