We have two
ex-RAAF members in our group.
Both came to NZ after WW2, and found Hawkes Bay not a bad
place to live.
Both slip back to 'Oz' now and again to catch up with
family and old friends,
and sometimes attend the Anzac Day parades there.
They both served in the New Guinea and Borneo area, but
in different squadrons.
there are any other ex-RAAF air or ground
crew folk who have
settled in Hawkes Bay, or you know of any
in the Bay, please Contact Us
PAUL MAXWELL McEWANRAAF 41855 No.82 Squadron
cadet for 12 months with the No.6 Battalion Army
before signing up with the RAAF on
16th.Sept.1941. Inducted 25th. April 1942.
No.1 Initial Training School (ITS) Somers RAAF
Station Western Junction, Tasmania, training on
His C/O was an ex-WW1 pilot who ran a great
station for new trainee pilots.
Deniliquin (NSW) - soloed on Wirraways
and received his wings.
RAAF Uranquinty (NSW) - known to many as the Bar
Staff instructor on Wirraways, then posted to Otu
Pilot Training School, converting to Kittyhawks.
with No.82 Squadron Townsville (North Queensland)
and up to Dutch West, New Guinea Aug.44. Noenfoor
on to Morotai Island and, as the war moved
to Labuan Island, the north-western side of
on to mainland Borneo, Serah oil fields, where
the enemy had fired
all the oil installations and wells. Rumour has
it that an old Wirraway was
'wound up' to blow the fires one way to assist
with the repairs.
was over for 'Max' August 1945 - back to
He was demobilised 14th.Jan.1946, after
completing 967 RAAF hours and 50 missions.
will appear again in our topdressing pages)
CHARLES CAMERON BOWLY RAAF
405714 No. 5 Squadron
up RAAF Brisbane May 1941.
Initial Training School, Sandgate, Brisbane.
Elementary Flying School, Tamworth Airforce
Station NSW, training on DH82s,
then on to Amberly Airforce Base, Queensland, on
Evans Head Station on Fairey Battles.
Mildura RAAF Base (Vic) - instructed on Wirraways
and P40 Kittyhawks.
Townsville, (North Queensland), was
a 'pooling' base for pilots to be selected onwards to
Charles was transferred to No.75 Fighter Squadron. They
moved up to New Guinea,
where much of the war zone was covered in dense jungle,
with difficult flying conditions.
The operations involved bombing, straffing and bomber
Charles was with the 75th.Sqdrn. from 1943 to 1944.
On return to Australia in 1944, he
was instructor on Wirraways at Point Cook (Vic),
the first aiforce base in Australia.
Then, on to Parks RAAF Station (NSW), also instructing on
June 1945, he signed up as a Sub/Lt with the
RANVR Fleet Air Arm (A).
This was the first course of Australians to
to the Royal Fleet Arm fro training.
Australian pilots being on secondment to
the 899UK Squadron, (then operating out of the
HMS Nabthorpe, nr. Sydney, flying Seafires with
HMS IMPLACABLE and HMS INDOMITABLE,
operating out of Australian waters at that time.
During the training on these two
ships, Charles and his 'ship-mate' pilots had some
doing a deck-landing on HMS Indomitable.
Fortunately, he managed to get clear before his
Seafire headed for the seabed.
of his mates having a 'nose-down tail-up'
Charles was discharged from the
services in May 1948, with 1,365 hours in his logbooks.
have included all the RAAF bases and stations both 'Max'
and Charles have served on.
If other ex-RAAF personnel wish to contact them, please contact our
In August 2003, we
had a little 'get-together' at the
Taradale RSA, (Napier, Hawke's Bay),
to welcome a visitor from Perth, WA. John
(Blue) Bailey and his wife, Meg.
John was a member of the Australian 75
Squadron, serving in the South West
Pacific area WW2...
and a friend of Charles Bowley, who
served in the same sector.
took a few photos
of the occasion,
with some of our members
for John and Meg to show
the family at home....
Some of the
folk who arrived on short notice
to welcome our visitors.
Mayhead, Dick Brunton
and Max Collett.
Crow, Ron Ward,
Hec Mayhead, Keith Smith,
Jim Castles, Keith Swailes.
McEwan & Roger Crow.
Our Aerial Topdressing
HERITAGE MUSEUM - PERTH, WA.
we're covering links with our Anzac mates in
and especially after the visit from John and Meg,
we would like to mention their Air Force museum,
out at Bull Creek. If you're into Lancs,
Spits or early historic aircraft, it's well worth