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President's Report



It is late May and it is getting close to the Annual general Meeting and Dinner in September.  Since the last newsletter the Association has conducted several activities and has participated in several functions with the Regiment.


The Back to the Regiment function was conducted back at the depot and members attending were given a tour of the renovated facilities. They were impressed with the work done following the damaging floods in Brisbane.  Members attended the Anzac Day Ceremony conducted at the depot as usual.  An all ranks mixed formal dinner was conducted on the parade ground in May and QURA members attended this social activity.


Two ex officers from the Regiment were honoured with appointments to very senior positions within Queensland. Paul Smith was appointed as a Judge of the District Court, based in Rockhampton and Ken Levy was appointed Acting Chairman of the Crime and Misconduct Commission for 6 months. We congratulate both members of the Regimental Association and wish them well in the appointments.


Recently I was pleased to receive a phone call from an old friend Alan Press. He is well and very busy with his hobbies in retirement


You will be all aware that Peter Morton had spent many hours designing and building a very sophisticated computer administrative and membership programme for QURA. Unfortunately he recently suffered a loss when his computer broke down. Peter has since spent many hours recovering as much information as he could. Peter has since contacted all QURA members with registered email addresses to check and update membership records. We would greatly appreciate it if you would reply to his email with your updated membership records. Should you not receive an email contact please contact Peter by pressing (Membership Secretary) and assist him to check your details. Apart from permitting us to keep you informed of the activities of the Association the records form part of the historical records of past and present members of QUR.


I have been contacted by the current 2IC and invited to a meeting to discuss the lodgment of many of our historical records into display cabinets within the depot. Additionally we will discuss the placement of the books and DVD that we received from Mrs Marion Standfast following the death of Harry, former Commanding Officer of QUR. The records and literature will be made available to the Officer Cadets and serving members of QUR for reference and for the promotion and preservation of the history of QUR.


The Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at the United Services Club on Friday 6 September 2013 at 1900 for 1930 hours. The night is a very relaxed dinner during which the necessary activity for the conduct of an Annual General Meeting occurs. At the end of the dinner we look forward to a brief update of the status of the Regiment given by the Commanding Officer. As usual the old executive management committee will stand down from their positions and a new committee will be formed (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Secretary/Website Manager, History Manager, Newsletter Editor, Committee members.) Should you be prepared to be available for any of the positions please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements for your nomination to go fourth.


We look forward to your attendance at the AGM and dinner in September.



CO's Report May 2013




It has been an exciting and productive year for the Regiment so far.  Some of the highlights have been:

         In February 18 of our Officer Cadets were commissioned as Lieutenants.  This group was the largest we have graduated in many years and was the result of higher decisions taken several years ago to increase the throughput of Officer Training (including the conduct of Training Blocks back-to-back).   Notably this group included the Sword of Honour winner, LT Tuffley and the first Army Reserve female, LT Dent, to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.

         In March, we were pleased to be able to host the Back to the Regiment function.  It was held on a Tuesday night, which allowed the attendees to view the Unit on a work night and to observe some of the training.  I am told that it was a successful event and I look forward to being able to attend next year.

         ANZAC Day was again a wonderful occasion and we were proud to again be able to support the conduct of the Toowong Dawn Service.  It was very well attended and I received many kind compliments on the high standards of our catafalque party.  The BBQ that was held afterwards for Unit members and their families was a great success.

         In May the 65th birthday of the Regiment was celebrated with an All Ranks Dinner held under canvas at the St Lucia Depot.  This was a brilliant night that was attended by well over 100 unit members, partners and QURA members.    WO2 Cooper was given a special presentation marking his retirement after 47 years of service.

Individual achievements during the period include:

         WO2 Cooper was awarded a bronze commendation for his outstanding performance as a driving instructor. 

         LT Tuffley – Sword of honour winner for the national graduating class

         LT Terry – Tactics prize winner for the national graduating class

         OCDT Taylor Solider of merit on his Recruit Course

         OCDT Bobbin outstanding performance on his recruit course

         CPL Larkin student of merit on his Driving Instructors course at Army Logistic Training Centre

As I write we are about to enter an even higher tempo period that will see QUR heavily engaged in conducting a diverse range of activity for the members of 11 Brigade including a number of range practices, marksmanship trainings days, military risk management training and a marksmanship instructor coach course.   These activities are on top of our normal tasking that includes the conduct of a Grade 3 course and preparation of a large group of Officer Cadets for the national Training Block series.  These additional undertakings continue the trend of QUR assuming wider responsibility for individual training within 11 Brigade in order to allow the other units to focus on achieving collective training targets.

I am excited to report that we are currently in the process of reviewing and cataloguing the Regiment’s extensive collection of memorabilia prior to display.   Some items were damaged in the floods or are deteriorating with age.  With the assistance of the QURA, we are working through the assignment and hope to have it completed in the second half of the year.  

I look forward to attending the QURA functions later in the year and hope that many of you are available to attend our Regimental Dinner in October.

Scientia ac Labore

Mark Armstrong
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment






QUR Gradutes February 2013






Correspondence from Members


Listed below is some of the correspondence received since the last Newsletter.  These emails are reproduced here for entertainment and also to keep members informed of other members movements, etc.


Please note:  QURA receives emails/letters from time to time requesting contact details of members.  The current policy is if a fellow member requests contact with another member, the contact details are given without contacting the relevant member. 

Where contact is requested by a non-member, the contact is referred to the individual member to follow up the contact if they so desire.



From:- Donna-Lee Greaves


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  The Boffin, The Builder, The Bombardier

Hi Peter,


I was wondering if you’d caught any of this short documentary series on the ABC?

It was made by one of my old school mates (John).

Each episode shows a great Mythbuster-esk take on (mostly military) history, with requisite Aussie humour.






Regards, Donna-Lee


Editors Note:- Well worth a look!!


From:- Joel Barnett

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QUR Birthday All Ranks Dinner


Dear Peter


I will be unable to attend the function on 4 May 13. I was in hospital on 19 Mar 13 to have microsurgery and removal of a polyp from the bowel. A decsion was made on the theatre table as the polyp was too deep to open me up. 


An advanced quite large tumour was removed as well as 25 lymph nodes, 14 of which were active. I have colon cancer and am to start chemo therapy asap.


I have been feeling a bit poorly for a while and have an answer. I am quite confident about the chemo. The day before my surgery I walked 5 km and trimmed a tree with an axe, and my recovery has been good, although I have a mild infection of the wound.


best wishes 





From:- Rod Hardaker


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re Officer Fitness Reports



I received this from Garry Redlich yesterday. Worth promulgating.


The British Military writes OFRs (officer fitness reports). The form used for Royal Navy and Marines fitness reports is the S206. The following are actual excerpts taken from people's S206s:

1. His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.

2. I would not breed from this officer.

3. This officer is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely won't-be.

4. When she opens her mouth, it seems that this is only to change whichever foot was previously in there.

5. He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire satisfaction.

6. He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle.

7. Technically sound, but socially impossible.

8. This officer reminds me very much of a gyroscope - always spinning around at a frantic pace, but not really going anywhere.

9. This young lady has delusions of adequacy.

10. When he joined my ship, this Officer was something of a granny; since then he has aged considerably.

11. This medical officer has used my ship to carry his genitals from port to port, and my officers to carry him from bar to bar.

12. Since my last report he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig.

13. She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.

14. He has the wisdom of youth, and the energy of old age.

15. This officer should go far and the sooner he starts, the better.

16. In my opinion this pilot should not be authorized to fly below 250 feet.

17. The only ship I would recommend this man for is citizenship.

18. Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

19. This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.



From:- Bruce Davis


To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  Re less famous proverbs

Dear Trevor,



1. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

2. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.

3. A day without sunshine is like ... night.

4. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

8. Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it
9. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

10. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe
11. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted then used against you.

12. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

13. Honk if you love peace & quiet.

14. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

15. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

16. It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

17. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

18. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

19. You can't have everything, where would you put it?

20. Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's population.

21. The things that come to those who wait are usually the things left by those who got there first.

22. A fine is a tax for doing wrong, A tax is a fine for doing well.

23. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

24. I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.

25. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

26. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.




From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re "Soldiers In Skin" book launch - Friday 5 July at Brisbane

Dear Peter,

Can you please put this in the next newsletter for info of members who might be interested



Your Invitation to a



(or just an excuse for a great party really)

‘Stories about the soldiers of the 9th Battalion that make you even prouder to be Australian.’

Friday 5 July 2013

Victoria Barracks All Ranks Club

Victoria Barracks Brisbane

1800 hours for a feed; launch at 1900 hours

Smart Casual. Barbeque Dinner. Cash Bar.

Book on sale for $15.

Please feel free to bring a guest (kids welcome) and enjoy the ambience of one of Brisbane’s finest heritage buildings, sit by the fire, play pool in the billiards room, stroll bare foot on the grass court.

RSVP via Facebook.com/soldiersinskin or e-mail soldiersinskin@gmail.com

by 29 June 2013.

[RSVP with names required for security purposes]



From:- Paul Deighton


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Re COL Michael Kingsford RIP

Dear Peter,


I am not sure if association members are aware that Colonel Michael Kingsford, CSC, who was a member of QUR in the 1980s, passed away last month and his funeral was held at RMC Duntroon on 30 May 2013. Colonel Kingsford was the Platoon Sergeant for QUR on Exercise Pacific Reserve in 1985 and he commissioned into the ARA not long after that, serving in the RAA. I last caught up with him when he was a course member at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2011 and they visited China on a study tour; I was the Assistant Defence Attache in Beijing at that time so we had a good chat about our time in QUR and Ex Pacific Reserve. COL Kingsford is survived by his wife, Mary, and four children.


Paul Deighton


From:- Bruce Davis


To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  Re The Matchstick Fleet

Hi Trevor

This is an amazing example of skill and unbelievable patience; and a whole lot of matches.

Phil Warren from the UK spent 62 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships and 1200 aircraft, all built entirely of matchsticks and their wooden boxes.
The collection includes 370 U.S. and 60 British ships and their associated aircraft.
Now 79 years of age, he began creating his first boat in 1948 when he was 17. He uses a razor blade, tweezers, sandpaper and glue.
He has used more than 650,000 matchsticks to create this amazing collection of 1:300 scale models.






From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re Article in Army Newletter



This link to the Army Profile is very good.
It describes what the Australian Army looks like.
It could go out now or hold for the next newsletter.


Pls see the link below to the 2011 Army in Profile electronic book for your information and interest.



http://www.army.gov.au/Our-history/~/media/Files/Our history/Army In Profile 202011/AIP_2011.ashx


From:- John Pearn


To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  Re Harry Standfast Funeral


Dear Trevor,

Many thanks. I’ll be at the funeral.

Harry was a good friend also in his pre-QUR days when he was in the RAAMC and OC of 4 Preventive Medicine Company at the Water Street Medical Depot when I was training Major there.

Sympathy to all our colleagues and esteem to the memory of a fine soldier and a  gracious person.


John P.




From:- Brett Common Ahern


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re Japanese Surrender - Priceless

1945 - Japanese surrender - a keeper

This film is believed to have never been seen before, only shots of the surrender were known.

If you are a history buff you will enjoy this. General McArthur's voice is a rarity in these old film clips

Japanese Surrender- Amazing Footage Sept 2, 1945.

This is a 'must see' for the WWII history buff or anyone interested in history.

Interesting the other signers to the document, from New Zealand/Australia to Europe/Russia.

This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.

Actual voice of the General. Never been shown to the general public before.

We always saw the "stills" but never the film itself


Click here: Japanese Surrender




From:- Bruce Davis


To:- Peter Morton



Even if you are not a pilot, I think you will find this interesting….
FROM AN SR-71 PILOT.......Very interesting read....

SR-71 Blackbird

In April 1986, following an attack on American
soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan
ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's
terrorist camps in Libya ..

My duty was to fly over Libya , and take
photographs recording the damage our F-111's
had inflicted.

Qaddafi had established a 'line of death,'
a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra ,
swearing to shoot down any intruder, that crossed
the boundary.

On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph.

I was piloting the SR-71 spy plane, the world's
fastest jet, accompanied by a Marine Major (Walt),
the aircraft's reconnaissance systems officer (RSO).

We had crossed into Libya , and were approaching
our final turn over the bleak desert landscape, when
Walt informed me, that he was receiving missile
launch signals.

I quickly increased our speed, calculating the time
it would take for the weapons, most likely SA-2 and SA-4
surface-to-air missiles, capable of Mach 5 - to reach
our altitude.
I estimated, that we could beat the rocket-powered
missiles to the turn, and stayed our course, betting
our lives on the plane's performance.

After several agonizingly long seconds, we made
the turn and blasted toward the Mediterranean ...

'You might want to pull it back,' Walt suggested.
It was then that I noticed I still had the throttles
full forward.

The plane was flying a mile every 1.6 seconds, well
above our Mach 3.2 limit.

It was the fastest we would ever fly.

I pulled the throttles to idle, just south of Sicily ,
but we still overran the refueling tanker, awaiting us
over Gibraltar ...

Scores of significant aircraft have been produced,
in the 100 years of flight, following the achievements
of the Wright brothers, which we celebrate in

Aircraft such as the Boeing 707, the F-86 Sabre Jet,
and the P-51 Mustang, are among the important machines,
that have flown our skies.

But the SR-71, also known as the Blackbird, stands alone
as a significant contributor to Cold War victory, and as the
fastest plane ever, and only 93 Air Force pilots, ever steered
the 'sled,' as we called our aircraft.

The SR-71, was the brainchild of Kelly Johnson,
the famed Lockheed designer, who created the
P-38, the F-104 Starfighter, and the U-2.

After the Soviets shot down Gary Powers U-2 in 1960,
Johnson began to develop an aircraft, that would
fly three miles higher, and five times faster, than
the spy plane, and still be capable of photographing
your license plate.

However, flying at 2,000 mph would create intense heat
on the aircraft's skin.
Lockheed engineers used a titanium alloy, to construct
more than 90 percent of the SR-71, creating special tools,
and manufacturing procedures to hand-build each of the
(40 planes.. (Wow ! ! ! 40 planes???? I thought only 7.)
Special heat-resistant fuel, oil, and hydraulic fluids, that
would function at 85,000 feet, and higher, also had to be

In 1962, the first Blackbird successfully flew, and
in 1966, the same year I graduated from high school,
the Air Force began flying operational SR-71 missions.

I came to the program in 1983, with a sterling record
and a recommendation from my commander,
completing the weeklong interview, and meeting
Walt, my partner for the next four years.

He would ride four feet behind me, working all the
cameras, radios, and electronic jamming equipment.

I joked, that if we were ever captured, he was the spy,
and I was just the driver.

He told me to keep the pointy end forward.

We trained for a year, flying out of Beale AFB in
California , Kadena Airbase in Okinawa , and RAF
Mildenhall in England ..

On a typical training mission, we would take off near
Sacramento , refuel over Nevada , accelerate into Montana ,
obtain a high Mach speed over Colorado , turn right over
New Mexico, speed across the Los Angeles Basin, run up
the West Coast, turn right at Seattle , then return to Beale.

Total flight time:- Two Hours and Forty Minutes.

One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring
the radio traffic, of all the mortal airplanes below us.
First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers
to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC replied.
A Bonanza soon made the same request.
'One-twenty on the ground,' was the reply.

To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio, with a
ground speed check.

I knew exactly what he was doing.

Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit,
but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley,
know what real speed was, 'Dusty 52, we show you at 620
on the ground,' ATC responded.

The situation was too ripe.

I heard the click of Walt's mike button in the rear seat.
In his most innocent voice, Walt startled the controller
by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet,
clearly above controlled airspace.
In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied,
'Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.'
We did not hear another transmission on that
frequency, all the way to the coast.

The Blackbird always showed us something new,
each aircraft possessing its own unique personality.

In time, we realized we were flying a national treasure.

When we taxied out of our revetments for take-off,
people took notice.

Traffic congregated near the airfield fences, because
everyone wanted to see, and hear the mighty SR-71.

You could not be a part of this program, and not come
to love the airplane.

Slowly, she revealed her secrets to us, as we earned
her trust..

One moonless night, while flying a routine training
mission over the Pacific, I wondered what the sky
would look like from 84,000 feet, if the cockpit lighting
were dark.

While heading home on a straight course, I slowly turned
down all of the lighting, reducing the glare and revealing
the night sky.

Within seconds, I turned the lights back up, fearful that the
jet would know, and somehow punish me.

But my desire to see the sky, overruled my caution,
I dimmed the lighting again.

To my amazement, I saw a bright light outside
my window.

As my eyes adjusted to the view, I realized that the
brilliance was the broad expanse of the Milky Way,
now a gleaming stripe across the sky.

Where dark spaces in the sky, had usually existed,
there were now dense clusters, of sparkling stars.

Shooting Stars, flashed across the canvas every
few seconds.

It was like a fireworks display with no sound.

I knew I had to get my eyes back on the instruments,
and reluctantly, I brought my attention back inside.

To my surprise, with the cockpit lighting still off,
I could see every gauge, lit by starlight.

In the plane's mirrors, I could see the eerie shine of
my gold spacesuit, incandescently illuminated, in a
celestial glow.

I stole one last glance out the window.
Despite our speed, we seemed still before the
heavens, humbled in the radiance of a much greater

For those few moments, I felt a part of something far
more significant, than anything we were doing in the plane.

The sharp sound of Walt's voice on the radio, brought me
back to the tasks at hand, as I prepared for our descent.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
The SR-71 was an expensive aircraft to operate.
The most significant cost was tanker support, and in 1990, confronted with budget cutbacks, the Air Force retired the SR-71.
The SR-71 served six presidents, protecting America
for a quarter of a century.

Unbeknown to most of the country, the plane flew
over North Vietnam , Red China , North Korea , the
Middle East , South Africa , Cuba , Nicaragua , Iran , Libya ,
and the Falkland Islands .
On a weekly basis, the SR-71, kept watch over every
Soviet Nuclear Submarine, Mobile Missile Site,
and all of their troop movements.
It was a key factor in winning the Cold War.

I am proud to say, I flew about 500 hours in this
aircraft. I knew her well. She gave way to no plane, proudly dragging her
Sonic Boom through enemy backyards, with great impunity.
She defeated every missile, outran every MIG, and always
brought us home.

In the first 100 years of manned flight, no aircraft was more remarkable.
The Blackbird had outrun nearly 4,000 missiles,
not once taking a scratch from enemy fire.

On her final flight, the Blackbird, destined for
the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum ,
sped from Los Angeles to Washington
in 64 Minutes, averaging 2,145 mph, and
setting four speed records.




From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  2013 Reserve Forces - Planed Celebrations & Ceremonys - Army Associations Participation




This is an advertisement for Reserve Forces Day for the newsletter.





Attention Presidents & Secretary’s. My name is Tony Wadeson & I’m the Secretary of 31st Bn Association (Brisbane Brch). I’ve managed to get myself involved on the Reserve Forces Day Planning Committee, (amongst the predominant Navy & RAAF Members).

I’m aware there has been communication problems in the past between the Committee & the relevant Army Associations, (certainly with 31 Bn), which has resulted in, a “no show” of our organisations in Brisbane for the past 2 years.  I have listed below the various Celebrations scheduled for this year, and do hope that you  could arrange an attendance to boost the Army involvement which, after all, has always been the bulk of Reserve Force members throughout Australian Military History.   

(1) Friday Evening 28th June – Cocktail Party Maritime Museum 1830-2100Hrs. Cost $30 per Head includes Food & Drinks – Navy Band – “Beat to Quarters” and “Ceremonial Sunset” – Naval Guard – Dress - Service Dress or Jacket & Tie with Medals. Wives & Partners are of Course invited.


(2) Saturday Morning 29th June Parade & March through Ipswich, Recognition Ceremony, followed by a Civic Reception at Ipswich RSL. 0930Hrs- Parade South St, March Commences 1000Hrs Finishes at RSL Park. Dress – Service Dress with Medals or Good Casual Jacket & Medals & Unit Headdress. “YOUR UNIT PARTICIPATION REQUESTED”


(3) Sunday Morning 30th June Recognition Ceremony – Anzac Square Brisbane,- Civic Reception Brisbane City Hall. 1000Hrs – Unit Banners, Service Dress or Good Casual/Jacket/Medals & Unit Headdress.  “YOUR UNIT PARTICIPATION REQUESTED”


The Friday night Cocktail Party is purely a social affair, and will be good value for money. A few of us 31 Bn members will be attending. However I do request you have a “Unit” attendance at the Ipswich March & the Brisbane ANZAC Square Ceremony. Even if you only have a Banner & a few Members to be represented on display. If you can’t manage both then at least have your Banner & escort at Anzac Square. 31 Bn will certainly be at Anzac Square on Sunday & we are seeking about 6 of us to attend the Ipswich March. I do appeal to you to make an effort to be involved this year. As – How can they reasonably, celebrate Reserve Forces Day without the Army? 

I would also like to take this opportunity to make contact with the other Associations to invite you along to future 31 Bn Lunch meetings, You are aware that 31 BN is a North Queensland Unit so our Brisbane Branch is relatively small, but we are active. Our next Lunch meeting will be in October, Date yet to be Decided. Our President is Ray Fogg & we have obout 45 members, including WW2 & Vietnam Vets, plus Associate members. 

My Contact Details are:- Tony Wadeson, (Secretary) Address- 27/11 Grosvenor Rd Indooroopilly  Q’ld  4068.  Phone – Home 33786829  - Mob. 0427337177 – Email wadesonriver@aapt.net.au

Hope you can join us in supporting Reserve Forces Day this year.  Regards Tony 











Cocktail Party


to be conducted at


Queensland Maritime Museum




1830 to 2100 hrs on Friday 28 JUNE 2013



The major entertainment will be “Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset” conducted by the Brisbane Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, and Reservists from South East Queensland


The 2013 theme for RFD 13 in Brisbane and Ipswich is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the “First Fleet” of Australian Warships in 1913.



Tickets to this Tri-Service, All Ranks, event are a mere $30.00 each and may be obtained from:


Bob Hume: 0409 49 82 11; Dennis Deering:0411393161: Peter Mapp: 0415313600;


Ian Leabeater:33767945   : Herb Snide: 0438172872


Adele Catts:38711898 : Bob Bannan:0408154710  : Rob Wadley: 0419179535 : Ken Browning: 0413744564 :


Tickets will be posted on receipt of proof of deposit into the RFDC(SQ) A/c

NAB,   BSB 084-100,  A/C  53-049-2401








From:- Bruce Davis


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  RE: This week's morale booster!!!!!!


Just imagine...
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Qantas one year ago, you would have $49.00 today!
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in  Lehman Brothers  one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you would have received $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.  It is called the 401-Keg.
A recent study found that the average Aussie walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Aussies drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Aussies get about 41 miles to the gallon!
Makes you damned proud to be an Aussie!





From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton







A series of 51 Airplane photographs.

Some date back decades and they are all amazing !!

On a particularly hot day, a Royal Australian Air Force English Electric A84

Canberra bomber drops to within 25 feet as thrill-seeking mechanics get ready

for the visceral experience of 13,000 lbs. of Rolls Royce Avon power full in the

face. RAAF Photo

They loved to fly low in World War Two

'One more beat-up, me lads.' Flying Officer Cobber Kain, DFC, a New Zealander

and the RAF's first ace of the Second World War, is seen here in France performing

a low-level flypast. Kain, it has been said, clipped the ground with the propeller throwing

grass into the radiator.

A Douglas A-20G Havoc night fighter of the 417th Night Fighter Squadron does a little daylight

low flying down in the weeds possibly near the Orlando , Florida base where they were formed.

Their first deployment was to Europe where they immediately re-equipped with

Bristol Beaufighters. Today, the unit still trains for a night time job, but flying the

F-117 Nighthawk or so-called “Stealth Fighter”.

A P-40 flies down the beach at extreme low level, as Marines practice an amphibious landing

somewhere in the Pacific. In order to get this photo, the photographer standing on the beach

would have had to have his back to the oncoming P-40 trusting that pilot would do a “buzz job”

of the beach and not his hair. Photo via Project 914 Archives, Steve Donacik

A squadron of Luftwaffe Ju-52 Junkers stream low over the Russian countryside near Demjansk,

south of Leningrad . In February to May of 1942, the Germans were surrounded by the Red Army.

Supplying the Germans during and after the "Demjansk Pocket”, was the role of the air force. Here,

low flying in the slow transports was more a survival tactic than a joyride. Photo via Akira Takaguchi

Thought to have been taken in the region of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1944, this shot of an

Airspeed Oxford scaring the beejeesus out of half the waiting airmen while the other half remain

calm, is a beauty. Photo via Joe Hopwood. 

A USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt at extreme low level. Note that the sweep of the camera's pan has

bent the buildings in the background

Another shot that has the same effect of bending the buildings in the background (see previous photo).

Like our own Spitfire XIV RM873, Griffon-powered PR Spitfire XIX PS890 was sold to the

Royal Thai Air Force after the war. She is seen here with 81 Squadron markings and being put

through her paces down low at RAF Seletar , Singapore in the summer of 1954 just before her sale.

In 1961, PS890 was donated to the Planes Of Fame Museum in California . It was eventually restored

and took to the skies again in 2000, albeit with clipped wings and contra-rotating props. It was then

purchased by Frenchman Christophe Jacquard and taken to Duxford for the wingtips to be added and

a single 5-bladed propeller installed. 

While researching images for our P-40 stories over the past year I came across a massive collection

of marvelous wartime photos - mostly of P-40s collected by Steve Reno. This P-40 pilot is risking his

life only a little less than the man taking the photo of this ridiculously low level pass across the runway.

He’s not much higher than he would be if he was standing on his landing gear! If you trace the invisible

line of his prop arc, this skilled numbskull’s tips are only about 4 feet off the ground. Photo via

Project 914 Archives, Steve Donacik

Some aircraft, such as this Spitfire, reach that fine line between crashing and flying

low... about 12 inches too low in the case of this 64 Squadron Spitfire with shattered wooden blades.

The aircraft, no doubt shaking badly was nursed back to the safety of an Allied base.

An Allied pilot flying a Macchi 200 buzzing Taranto , Italy . It sadly proved that these kind of stunts

aren't without danger as the pilot hit a member of the ground crew and more or less decapitated him.

The pilot hadn't noticed a thing and after landing was confronted with a dent in his wing's leading

edge, containing skull fragments.

I didn't want to include any shots of an aircraft landing or taking off, just low level flight, But this

shot of a Lockheed Harpoon/Ventura dragging its wing in the turnout is interesting enough to include

A P-47 of the 64th Fighter Squadron, while on a mission to Milan , struck the ground during a low

level strafing run. Despite the bent props and crushed chin, the pilot nursed the Jug 150 miles home

to Grosseto . Photo via Hebb Russell

Film makers love low level flying!

Not actually a scene from the Second World War, but rather the opening scene in

the great film A Bridge Too Far. A school boy watches over his shoulder as a recce Spitfire rips up

a cobbled road in Normandy .


Modern day photographer Murray Mitchell captured this action shot super low B-17 Flying Fortress

performing for a film crew and followed by a P-51D Mustang and a P-47 Thunderbolt.

Photo via http://www.murraymitchell.com/

A low fly-past during the filming of the Steve McQueen-Richard Wagner film, The War Lover.

Nothing like a good buzz job to get the juices flowing, in this case one of the War Lover ex PB-1Ws

being flown by John Crewdson for a key scene in the movie. Crewdsonreportedly flew the airplane

solo for the sequence. Photo by David M. Kay

Unoccupied desert and sun-baked boredom causes low-levelitis

A particularly heart stopping photo of a Hawker Hunter of the Sultan of Oman 's

Air Force beating up the base at Salalah. The Sultan employed mercenary Brit pilots to fly Hunters

and Strikemasters to help put down the Dhofar rebels in the south. They clearly were bored from time

to time! The rebellion ended in 1976, the same year I visited Oman .

A Hawker Hunter pilot of the Sultan of Oman 's Air Force (SOAF - possibly a former RAF mercenary)

shrieks across the ramp on an Omani air base. Photo viaPatricksAviation.com

In the shimmering white heat of an Omani summer day, a Sepecat Jaguar adds superheated jet exhaust

to the miserable mix as its pilot shows off for the ground personnel watching from the shade. In 1990,

the SOAF was renamed the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). It is not known if this is a SOAF or a


But forest, buildings and mountains make it more exciting

A Dutch F-16 with burner lit seems to follow the turn in the road. On the ground,

Dutch airmen stuff fingers in their ears as he passes over head.

Testosterone fired, speed addicted, and happy-to-still-be-alive youth were the primary source of pilots

of the Second World War. At 6 foot, 4 inches, I wouldnt want to be standing up on the runway for this

beat-up by a Mosquito. This aircraft had the military serial number RR299 and was built as an unarmed,

dual control trainer at Leavesden in 1945. It served in the Middle East until 1949, when it returned to

the United Kingdom . It then served with a variety of RAF units, this service being interspersed with

periods in storage. The aircraft was retired from the RAF in 1963 and was acquired by

Hawker Siddeley Aviation (now British Aerospace) at Chester . The first Permit to Fly was issued

on 9 September 1963. The aircraft continued to be based and maintained at Chester and typically

flew around 50 hours per year. Photo RAF 

Saab test pilot Ove Dahlen flies a mini-counter-insurgency aircraft variant of a trainer, known as the

Malmo MFI-9B, between houses in Sweden . The concept of a super-light, super-cheap attack aircraft

with hard points for rockets was not well received and SE-EFM was eventually sold (as all other

MFI-9B trainers were) as a civilian sport/general aviation aircraft, but for a while it was a bad-ass

attack aircraft clearly capable of sneaking around buildings. Though SE-EFM and the purpose-built

mini-COIN concept did not take hold, 5 airframes of the MFI-9B trainer, known as the Biafra Baby,

were fitted with rockets and employed in the conflict in Biafra.

Bombers do it.

This is my favourite of all the low level shots, as the people (except the man on the

left who is smartly covering his ears) have no idea how low this Avro Vulcan really is as it sneaks up

behind them. The flag is at half staff, so this most likely was a sad occasion, but there were no doubt

some shrieks and some olympic flinching when the sound reached them.

A British-based B-17 beats up a grass field

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster drops down to the infield of the Saskatoon airport.

Royal New Zealand Air Force Short Sunderland doing a touch and go at Wellington airport in 1959 -

Surely no-one can go lower than that! A touch and go in a wheel-less flying boat is not recommended.

You couldn't get a damn slice of pastrami between the hull and the runway. There exists a crystal-clear

shot in one of the RNZAF flight-safety publications that showed the aircraft just after it had done the

"touch and go" clearly showing the bilge water escaping. Spectators were treated to a shower of dirty

bilge water as it climbed away.

Another Sunderland being 'demonstrated' at Port Elizabeth , South Africa , may not be as low,

but the pilot gets full degree of difficulty points for having two props feathered! 

Thought two feathered engines on the same side was impressive for low level flight? How about

three feathered and 20 feet below? This Avro Lancaster appears to be post war with the nose turret

de-activated and a dome in the dorsal position. This is a very foolishmaneouvre.The aircraft can't be

flown on a single engine. It's done by a dive, a high speed pass and a zoom climb at the far end of the

runway with a mad scramble to unfeather. The situation gets serious if the first unfeathering knocks

the generator on the good engine off line, leaving only battery power. Photo via Blake Reid

Rhinos LOVE to do it.

An RAF Phantom II in full burner passes between two hangars at an RAF base.

There isn't a Rhino-driver alive who didn't love dropping his locomotive-sized

Phantom down to the hard deck and pushing the throttles right past the detents.

Like I said before, Phantom drivers love it down low

Flying even lower than the Greek economy is this GAF F-4 Phantom II picking its

way through the bushes. 

Down low, add in a little rock and some flat water and the fun escalates.

Not sure what air force this one belongs to

A Panavia Tornado spews heat, gas, and vapour as she howls from the runway

with her wingtip a few feet off the ground.

During an air show at RAF Wethersfield in 1964, a Belgian Air force pilot in a

North American F-84 Thunderjet flies not only feet off the ground, but apparently

just feet from the crowd. Times have changed. While perhaps not as exciting for

the spectators, but certainly safer.

The legendary Ormand Haydon Balllie checks our wheat production at a farm

outside of Duxford in 1974 in his T-33 (RCAF 21261) The Black Knight. Born in

Devon , England during the Second World War, OHB moved to Canada in 1962,

joining the RCAF. He would become a well known warbird collector and pilot

after his service. 

Another crazy low pass by Ormand Haydon Baillie in his Black Knight T-33

Silver Star.The spectacular paint scheme is based on an RCAF design for 414

Black Knight Squadron that flew the type. Vintage Wings of Canada is proud to

have been part of 414's history. The squadron was disbanded in the 1990s.

However, in December of 2007, approval was received for the squadron to

stand up once more, this time as 414 EWS (Electronic Warfare Support) Squadron.

Belonging to 3 Wing Bagotville, the squadron is based in Ottawa and is composed

of military Electronic Warfare Officers who fulfill the combat support role, flying

on civilian contracted aircraft. The squadron was re-formed at the Vintage Wings

hangar at the Gatineau Airport on 20 January 2009 to operate the

Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet provided by Top Aces Consulting.

Haydon-Baillie died in Germany in a P-51 Mustang on July 3, 1977. 

With speed brakes out, I am not sure whether this is a shot of a pass or a wheels-up

landing for this British Electric Lightning

This Sukhoi Su-30 could be going Mach .98 or it could be hovering.

Even airliners do it

The Human Fly, a stunt man by the name of Rick Rojatt, makes a low pass on top

of a DC-8 flown by the legendary Clay Lacy in front of the grandstands between events at the 1976

California National Air Races at Mojave. The aircraft is ex-Japan Airlines JA8002. It was owned

and operated by American Jet Industries in 1976. 

A Boeing 707 of Air Zimbabwe, flown by Darryl Tarr doing a low level, high speed flypast in

Harare in 1995. According to witnesses, this was not the lowest the pilot flew. Tarr says that his

radar altimeter read 6 feet beneath his keel at one time. Many believe that the flight was unauthorized

and that Tarr was fired because of it, but he states that he made two flights) and they were both

authorized. He recounts the facts of the flight in fine detail: 1. Three Crew members only on-board

(Flight Engineer, First Officer, and myself) 2. Non- Revenue Flight (or non-commercial flight as some

prefer) 3. 12,000 KGs of Fuel (2.0 hours endurance) 4. VREF Approach Speed Flaps 40 was 116 Knots

(I was flying at 125 Knots) 5. Radio Altimeter call of 30 feet (from the FE), will be my cue to initiate a

Go-Around 6. Back-up call from the F/O, plus visual cues

(outside references due to the pitch attitude) 7. Rising ground and the fact that the aircraft is rotated

towards +15 degrees in a Go-Around, the empennage will initially rotate downwards and get lower to

the ground which was accounted for (as depicted in the photo, the aircraft is climbing) 8. High

Speed Fly Past (which is not shown here), was at the Barbers Pole of 375 KIAS (due to the density

altitude at Harare True Air Speed was 400 Kts)

A beach makes a good open area to fly low in.

I can't even imagine how amazing it would have been to be on the beach this day to

see a Consolidated B-36 “Peacemaker” fly down the line between water and sand. If he passed right

overhead, both wingtips would be a spectacular 115 feet away in both directions. Designed for

altitudes in excess of 35,000 feet, the Convair was a rare sight this close to the ground in level flight.

A spectacular shot of a Fairchild Provider flying low over sunlit waters... one of my favourite shots!

via Blake Reid

Sometimes, the difference between ground and aircraft is quite literally... inches. A Piper Cub comes

as close as possible to a wing strike without damage. 

The twin-engined Diamond Star Twin rips along a beach. Judging by the number pf cameras at the

ready, this was not an unauthorized fly by.

The Navy loves to do it

An Australian A-4 Skyhawk flies well below the deck of HMAS Melbourne .

One of the most celebrated images of a low pass is this shot of F-14 Tomcat driver

Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass making a curving pass alongsideUSSAmerica. Many web-wags have

stated that this was unauthorized, dangerous or that it even was a photo of a Tomcat about to crash.

However, Snodgrass explained: "It's not risky at all with practice. It was my opening pass in a Tomcat

tactical demonstration at sea. I started from the starboard rear quarter of the carrier, slightly below

flight deck level. Airspeed was about 270 kts with the wings swept forward. I selected afterburner at

about a half-mile out, and the aircraft accelerated to about 315 kts. As I approached the fantail,

I rolled into an 85-degree bank and did a hard 5-6G turn, finishing about 10-20 degrees off of the boat's

axis. Microseconds after this photo was taken, after rolling wings-level at an altitude slightly above the

flight deck, I pulled vertical with a quarter-roll to the left, ending with anImmelman roll-out 90 degrees

and continued with the remainder of the demo. It was a dramatic and, in my opinion, a very cool way to

start a carrier demo as first performed by a great fighter pilot, Ed "Hunack" Andrews,

who commanded VF-84 in 1980-1988.

A B-52 slides down the port side of USS Ranger (CV-61) in its typical nose down cruise attitude.

Though it looks like it, this is not photoshopped. It happened in early 1990 in the Persian Gulf, while

U.S. carriers and B-52s were holding joint exercises. Two B-52s called the carrier Ranger and asked

if they could do a fly-by, and the carrier air controller said yes. When the B-52s reported they were

9 kilometers out, the carrier controller said he didn't see them. The B-52s told the carrier folks to look

down. The paint job on the B-52 made it hard to see from above, but as it got closer, the sailors could

make it out, and the water the B-52's engines were causing to spray out. It's very, very rare for a

USAF aircraft to do a fly-by below the flight deck of a carrier. But B-52s had been practicing low level

flights for years, to penetrate under Soviet radar. In this case, the B-52 pilots asked the carrier

controller if they would like the bombers to come around again. The carrier guys said yes, and a lot

more sailors had their cameras out this time. Photo was taken from the plane guard helicopter

In 2009, a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet crew got permission for a low-level

demonstration flight as part of the opening ceremony for a speedboat race on the

Detroit River , This is what it looked like for Motor City residents. Officials waived

rules to allow the Navy flyers to swoop under 100ft along the waterway.

One resident said, "I couldn't believe how low they flew and how close they came

to our building. I'm sure the pilot waved at me."

Photo: AP/The Detroit News, Steve Perez. Originally spotted at the Daily Mail.

A Greek F-104 turns out after a high speed low level pass.

The Spitfre MK923, belonging to Hollywood actor Cliff Robertson of Baa Baa

Black Sheep fame, and flown by Jerry Billing, does a extreme low pass over a grass strip at his

home in Essex County, Ontario. From 1975 through 1994 the Billing air strip was a prime spot to

see Jerry practice in MK923. People would line the 5th Concession Road to watch Jerry wring

out the Spit. Cliff Robertson, famed for playing JFK in PT 109, died in September of 2011.

Photo via Bob Swaddling

The legendary, extraordinary Ray Hanna a New Zealander makes an extreme low level pass in a Spitfire

down pit lane at the Goodwood auto racing track in England in 1998. Sadly, with the death of Hanna,

we will not see such feats again.






















War Quotes


Soldiers may fight as they please; the ultimate decision is in the hand of famine.

Ivan Stanislavovich Bloch 1836-1902


Bombardment from air is legitimate only when directed at a military objective, the destruction of which could constitute a distinct military disadvantage to the belligerent.

The Hague Convention of Jurists, 1923


War is not one of the acts of life. On the contrary it is a thing so vile that nothing but the highest necessity or the deepest charity can make right.

Hugo Grotius 1583-1645


It is not profusion of riches or excess of luxury that can influence our enemies to court or respect us. This can only be effected by fear of our arms.

Flavius Vegetius Renatus , late 4th century


 A people who are bombed today as they were bombed yesterday, and who know that they will be bombed again tomorrow and see no end of their martyrdom, are bound to call for peace at length.

Giulo Douhet, 1869-1930


In my experience, based on many years’ observation, officers with high athletic qualifications are not usually successful in the higher ranks.

Winston Churchill, 1874-1965


An ally has to be watched just like an enemy.

Leon Trotsky, 1879-1940


There is no record in history of a nation that ever gained anything valuable by being unprepared to defend itself.

Henry Mencken 1880-1956


I do not say the Frenchmen will not come; I only say he will not come by sea.

Lord St Vincent , British Admiralty, 1803


The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U.S. reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn’t. Of course, the atom bomb is a weapon of mass slaughter, but the outcome of a war is decided by the people, not by one or two new types of weapon.

Mao Tse-tung August 1946.



Things to Think About


You shouldn’t be an aerobics instructor if you’re not fit for the job.


If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.


If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.


Would you call a baby born in a house of ill repute - a brothel sprout?


If I am a nobody and nobody is perfect, does that mean I’m perfect.


A jury consists of twelve people chosen to decide who has the best lawyer.


Old photographers never die, they just stop developing.


Procrastinate, now!


“Waiter, what’s the best dish in the place?” “The blonde at table three, sir”.


My wife cooks for fun. For food we go to restaurants.


Monty used to be an all round athlete. Now, as you notice, he’s just all round.


You can always tell the happy motor cyclist by the insects on his teeth.


I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.


The easiest way to teach children the value of money is to borrow some from them.


The surest way to destroy your enemies is to make them your friends.


We keep on making history because we don’t learn from it.


Merv took his dog to the flea circus and the mutt stole the show.







Why are there flotation devices under seats in airplanes instead of parachutes?

Nick Featherman


I drink too much. Last time I gave a urine sample there was an olive in it.

Rodney Dangerfield


A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900


The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

Erma Bombeck


The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

Walter Bagehot, 1826-1877


I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

Zsa Zsa Gabor


Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.

Floyd Dell


We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

Alfred North Whitehead. (1861-1947)


There is no cure for birth or death except to try and enjoy the interval.

George Santayana (1863-1952)


People who feel well are sick people neglecting themselves.

Jules Romains


Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.



The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is doubtless a separation.

Earl of Chesterfield (1694-19560


Somehow I can’t take seriously an anti-technology diatribe written on a word processor.







Back to the Regiment                           Tuesday 26 February 2013 - QUR hosted Function  (Walcott St) 
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Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner    Timing to be advised

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AGM                                                      Friday 6 September 2013 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
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