Branch - Ballarat
The Air Force Association’s Ballarat Branch was established in 1945.
The Ballarat Branch meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) at 12noon at our newly renovated rooms at Airport Hut 48, Airport Drive, Mitchell Park (ie: Ballarat Aerodrome)
President: Noel Hutchins
A BLAST FROM THE PAST
There is a bit of history in this newspaper cutting from 2001. Yep, that’s eighteen years ago. On the left is John Bennett who was President in the years 1999 and 2000. While John is no longer with us, his widow Margaret is a current member. The other two gentlemen are well know to us all, Gordon Jarvis in the centre and Stan White holding his Certifcate of Merit for having served as Secretary for a whole twelve years.......
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D DAY COMMEMORATION ~ 6TH JUNE 2019
At the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat
Our Branch of the Air Force Association was privileged to hold a service at the Australian Ex Prisoners of War Memorial at Ballarat to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D Day, to remember all those who lost their lives on that day and to acknowledge the service of all Allied Servicemen and Servicewomen who contributed
to the planning, preparation of, or who took an active part in, the D Day Operations Overlord and Neptune....
A MOST GENEROUS GIFT
Mr Maurice Turner addresses our May social luncheon meeting with a display of a small number of his WWII model aircraft from his large collection which he is gifting to our Ballarat Branch, including his display cabinet.........
The former WWII RAAF Ballarat precinct at the Ballarat aerodrome will ‘come alive’ on Ballarat Heritage Weekend 25 and 26 May.Read more...
AFA's Ballarat Branch is creating a website to record historical details about the airmen who trained at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School at Ballarat Airport during WW2.Read more...
WWII Veteran, (and No 1 WAG), Jack bell, was the guest speaker at the official opening of our rooms at Airport Hut 48 on 28th March.
Although a resident of Melbourne, Jack is officially a member of our Ballarat Branch. Jack completed Course No 2 at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School RAAF Ballarat in 1940
The Ballarat Branch hosted an official opening of their newly allocated rooms in the recently restored Airport Hut 48 at the Ballarat Aerodrome on Thursday 28 March, with guest speaker WWII veteran, Mr Jack Bell, 101.Read more...
OFFICIAL OPENING ~ AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION BALLARAT BRANCH ROOMS AT AIRPORT HUT 48
An event to mark the official opening of rooms allocated for our use at Airport Hut 48 will be held on
Thursday 28th March 2019 ... Arrive before 1.40 pm ... for a 2 pm commencement...............
SAVED FROM THE RUBBISH BIN
Some time ago, a builder, who was demolishing an old suburban house in Melbourne, noticed an envelope with
faded snapshots dumped in a rubbish bin. On recognising these as Air Force related he passed them on to aviation historian Kevin O’Reilly. Now it just so happens that Kevin did his National Service at RAAF Ballarat in 1955, so he recognised that all of the photographs bar one, related to 1WAGS trainees at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners’ School at RAAF Ballarat during WWII.....
Centenary of Armistice Commemoration
Ballarat was very well represented in respect to the Air Force Association of Victoria's 2018 Pilgrimage to the Australian Flying Corps Memorial at Point Cook in the form of Centenary of Armistice Commemoration.....
Thank you to those members and guests who attended our Centenary of the Armistice Commemoration event on 4th November.
You can now view individual and group photos that were taken at the event here. Ordering details are also included.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE ~ 78TH ANNIVERSARY
It was a cold cloudy day on Sunday 16th September when the 78th Anniversary
of the Battle of Britain was commemorated at Ballarat in the very capable
organising hands of Air Force Association of Victoria Ballarat Branch President
Mr Tom Roberts.
A national commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway will be held on 16 October 2018 at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat.Read more...
What could two ladies from opposite ends of the world - one dominant in American society, the other a humble English woman – have in common? The answer? Generosity.Read more...
In this edition:
- Australian Flying Corps ~ First AFC WWI Fatality
- The Armistice of 1918 and Treaty of Versailles: Part Two ~ Naval Strategies and Worsening Conditions in Germany
- Building a Lancaster Bomber Crew Empire Air Training scheme WWII
- President's Report...and more.
A Commemorative Service for Malaya and Borneo veterans was held at the Shrine of Remembrance on 31 August. AFA member and Confrontation veteran, Noel Hutchins was there...Read more...
In this edition:
- President's Report;
- RAAF Bradfield Park memories;
- WWI Armistice Military Figures;
- No1 Wireless Air Gunners School;
and more...Read more...
The Air Force Band Wind Quintet entertained Air Force Association's Ballarat Branch members in a special lunchtime performance at Wendouree earlier this month.
For more than 50 years a former Royal Australian Air Force Officers’ Mess has been deteriorating into a state of disrepair as it lay dormant and unused at the Ballarat Aerodrome.
Now finally, with its roof caving in and stumps sinking into the ground, the historic site that once housed wireless air gunner trainees will be restored for public use.
Years of public campaigning has paid off for RAAF Association members determined to see the site, now known as Hut 48, returned to is former glory.Read more...
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."
‘On Tuesday 5th May 1964 a meeting was called in the Lower Civic Hall in Ballarat where Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO, DFC, Famous Bomber Pilot, was scheduled to address a Public Meeting on his experiences for the lepers and sick in India. Due to overwhelming public response, the meeting was rescheduled to the Big Hall from the original venue of the Little Hall’.
It was recorded in The Ballarat Courier on Wednesday 6th May 1964, that 900 people attended the event. The Mayor, C R Webb, chaired the meeting.Read more...