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RAAF PR 5 3 6 8 6 /6 3

SUNDAY 1OTH NOVEMBER. 1963

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DAVID FAIRRAIRN, DFC MP, MINISTER FOR AIR

SENIOR RAAF APPOINTMENTS

C hanges i n s e n i o r RAAF a p p o in tm e n ts w e re a n n o u n c e d t o d a y b y th e

M i n i s t e r f o r A i r , Mr D av id F a i r h a i r n .

The c h a n g e s , w h ic h a f f e c t t h e command o f a num ber o f i m p o r ta n t

p o s t s th r o u g h o u t A u s t r a l i a , w i l l becom e e f f e c t i v e d u r i n g D ecem ber a n d -

J a n u a r y ,

The c h a n g e s a r e 2 - .·

C-ROUP CAPTAIN W .L. BRILL, DSO DFC, t h e p r e s e n t D i r e c t o r o f P e r s o n a l S e r v i c e s , a t D e p a rtm e n t o f A i r , C a n b e r r a , i s t o becom e O f f i c e r

Commanding RAAF B a s e , T o w n s v i l le , a n d S e n i o r A i r F o r c e O f f i c e r , N o rth

Q u e e n s la n d , w i t h e f f e c t J a n u a r y 14t h , 1964.

GROUP CAPTAIN R .N . DALKIN, DFC, t h e p r e s e n t O f f i c e r Commanding R4AF B a s e , W illia m to w n , NSW, t o becom e S e n i o r A i r S t a f f O f f i c e r , H e a d q u a r te r s

S u p p o rt Command, w ef D ecem ber 1 1 t h , 1963.

GROUP CAPTAIN A .E .L . DAVIES, OBE, a t p r e s e n t A u s t r a l i a n S e r v i c e s A d v i s e r , B angkok, t o becom e D i r e c t o r o f O r g a n i s a t i o n a t D e p a rtm e n t o f A i r ,

C a n b e r r a ,

GROUP CAPTAIN A ,R . HODGE, AFC, t h e p r e s e n t O f f i c e r Commanding RAAF B a s e , T o w n s v i l le , t o b e EDP3 a t t h e E l e c t r o n i c D a ta P r o c e s s i n g C e n tre

a t D e p a rtm e n t o f A i r , C a n b e r r a , w ef D ecem ber 1 6 th , 1963»

GROUP CAPTAIN F . S . ROBEY, t h e p r e s e n t A s s i s t a n t Commandant a t t h e RAAF S t a f f C o l l e g e , RAAF B a s e , F a i r h a i r n , C a n b e r r a , t o becom e D i r e c t o r

o f P e r s o n a l S e r v i c e s , a t D e p a rtm e n t o f -A-ir, C a n b e r r a , w ef D ecem ber 1 6 th , 1963»

GROUP CAPTAIN G .H .N . SHIELDS, DFC AFC, A s s i s t a n t A i r A t t a c h e , W a sh in g to n USA t o becom e t h e A s s i s t a n t Com m andant, RAAF Academ y, P o i n t C ook, V i c t o r i a . .

GROUP CAPTAIN R .T , SUSANS, DSO DFC, t h e p r e s e n t A i r A t t a c h e , P a r i s t o becom e O f f i c e r Commanding RAAF B a s e , W illia m to w n , NSW, a n d Commandant o f t h e A i r S u p p o rt U n it a t W illia m to w n ,

ACTING GROUP CAPTAIN M.G. COWAN, DSO MVO, a t p r e s e n t A s s i s t a n t Com m andant, RAAF A cadem y, P o i n t Cook, V i c t o r i a , t o becom e S t a f f O f f i c e r

P e r s o n n e l a t H e a d q u a r t e r s , S u p p o rt Command, w ef D ecem ber 1 3 th , 1963 .

ACTING GROUP CAPTAIN W .J. GUTHRIE, a t p r e s e n t Commanding O f f i c e r , B ase S q u a d ro n , RAAF B a s e , A m b e rle y , O ld , becom es t h e Commanding O f f i c e r o f

t h e O f f i c e r s ' T r a i n i n g S c h o o l a t P o i n t C ook, V i c t o r i a , w ef D ecem ber 1 8 th , 1963

WING COMMANDER G .T . NEWSTFAD, a t p r e s e n t w i t h No 82 W ing, A m b e rle y , Q u e e n s la n d , t o becom e A s s i s t a n t Commandant a t t h e RAAF S t a f f

C o l l e g e , RAAF B a s e , F a i r h a i r n , C a n b e r r a , w ef J a n u a r y 14t h , 1964 a n d t o

r e c e i v e a c t i n g r a n k o f G roup C a p ta in .

WING COMMANDER C„H. SPURGEON, DFC, a t p r e s e n t w i t h No 82 W ing, A m b e rle y , Q u e e n s la n d , t o becom e Commanding O f f i c e r o f B ase S q u ad ro n

A m b e rle y , w ef D ecem ber 1O th , 1Q63, a n d t o r e c e i v e a c t i n g r a n k o f g ro u p c a p t a i n

WING COMMANDER L .H , WILLIAMSON, DFC, a t p r e s e n t w i t h H e a d q u a r te r s O p e r a t i o n a l Comma.nd, t o becom e Commanding O f f i c e r o f A i r c r a f t R e s e a rc h and

D ev elo p m en t U n it a t RAAF B a s e , L a v e r t o n , V i c t o r i a , w ef D ecem ber 2 0 th ,

1963> a n d t o r e c e i v e a c t i n g r a n k o f g ro u p c a p t a i n .

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PERSONAL DETAILS

G roup C a p ta in W illia m L lo y d BRILL, DSO DEC a n d B a r was L o rn a t

G anm ain, NSW an d was e d u c a te d a t t h e Y anco, NSW, A g r i c u l t u r a l H igh S c h o o l

a n d e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 1940# As a bom ber p i l o t i n E n g la n d d u r in g W orld

War I I h e to o k p a r t i n many fam ous bom bing r a i d s o v e r G e rm a n -o c c u p ie d E u ro p e ,

He f le w W e llin g to n b om bers b e f o r e c o n v e r t i n g t o L a n c a s t e r s , S in c e t h e w ar

he h a s h e l d a num ber o f senior-R A A F a p p o in tm e n ts , i n c l u d i n g com m anding o f f i c e r

o f s e v e r a l s q u a d ro n s a n d u n i t s , He was a p p o in t e d D i r e c t o r o f P e r s o n a l

S e r v i c e s a t D e p a rtm e n t o f A i r , C a n b e r r a , i n J a n u a r y , i 96 0 .

G roup C a p ta in R o b e rt N ixon DALKIN, DFC, w as b o r n a n d e d u c a te d i n

E n g la n d , He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 1940 a n d s p e n t p a r t o f t h e e a r l y w ar

y e a r s a s a f l y i n g i n s t r u c t o r . He a l s o h a d t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y o f i n v e s t i g a t i n g

a n d r e p o r t i n g on o p e r a t i o n a l a s p e c t s o f Bomber Command a s t h e y r e l a t e d t o t h e

w ar i n t h e P a c i f i c . S in c e t h e w a r G roup C a p ta in D a lk in h a s f i l l e d a num ber

o f s e n i o r RAAF a p p o in t m e n t s , i n c l u d i n g Commandant o f RAAF C o l l e g e , P o i n t

C ook, Commandant o f RAAF S t a f f C o l l e g e , C a n b e r r a , a n d O f f i c e r Commanding RAAF B a s e , W illia m to w n , NSW, h i s p r e s e n t a p p o in tm e n t.

G roup C a p ta in A r t h u r Evan L lo y d DAVIES, OBE, was b o r n a t N gakaw au,

New Z e a la n d , a n d e d u c a te d a t t h e K andos P u b l i c S c h o o l, NSW, a n d N o rth S ydney

H ig h S c h o o l. He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 1936 a n d d u r i n g W orld War I I saw

s e r v i c e w i t h v a r i o u s u n i t s on s i g n a l s t a f f d u t i e s . D u rin g t h e P a c i f i c War

he s e r v e d w i t h No 24 S q u a d ro n a t M o r o ta i, S in c e t h e n h e h a s commanded a

num ber o f RAAF s t a t i o n s a n d u n i t s , i n c l u d i n g RAAF B a s e , L a v e r t o n , V i c t o r i a ,

I n 1956 h e w as a p p o in t e d A u s t r a l i a n D e fe n c e R e p r e s e n t a t i v e i n New Z e a la n d ,

G roup C a p ta in A la n R o b e rt HODGE, AFC, w as b o r n a t B a i r n s d a l e ,

V i c t o r i a , a n d e n l i s t e d * i n t h e RAAF i n 1 9 36, He s e r v e d i n t h e M id d le E a s t

w i t h Flo 3 S q u a d ro n , RAAF, d u r i n g W orld War I I an d on h i s r e t u r n t o A u s t r a l i a

i n 1941 w as e n g a g e d on f l y i n g i n s t r u c t i o n d u t i e s . I n r e c e n t y e a r s h e h a s

f i l l e d a num ber o f s e n i o r RAAF p o s t s , i n c l u d i n g D i r e c t o r o f P e r s o n a l S e r v i c e s ,

D e p a rtm e n t o f A i r , a n d I n t e l l i g e n c e S t a f f d u t i e s w i t h A i r A tta c h e W a sh in g to n .

He was a p p o in t e d O f f i c e r Commanding RAAF B a s e , T o w n s v i l le , O ld , i n 1G60,

C-roup C a p ta in F r e d e r i c k S te p h e n ROBEY w as b o m a t Mo o r a , W e ste rn A u s t r a l i a , a n d e d u c a te d a t t h e N ortham H igh S c h o o l, WA, He e n l i s t e d

i n t h e RAAF i n 1940» a n d d u r i n g W orld War I I c o m p le te d tw o t o u r s o f

o p e r a t i o n s on C a t a l i n a f l y i n g b o a t s , an d w as m e n tio n e d i n d e s p a t c h e s . A f t e r

t h e w ar Gp C apt R obey was p o s te d t o London f o r e x c h a n g e d u t y w i t h t h e RAF,

an d i n 1954 w as a p p o in t e d t o command No 11 (k fe r itim e R e c o n n a is s a n c e ) S q u a d ro n ,

S e n io r a p p o in tm e n ts s i n c e t h e n h a v e in c l u d e d D i r e c t o r o f F l y i n g S a f e t y ,

O f f i c e r Commanding RAAF B a s e , E a s t S a l e , a n d A s s i s t a n t Commandant o f t h e

RAAF S t a f f C o l l e g e , h i s p r e s e n t a p p o in tm e n t.

G roup C a p ta in G eorge H u b e rt N ew bourne SHIELDS, DFC AFC, w as b o m a t G o s f o r t h , E n g la n d , a n d e d u c a te d a t W a rra g u l H igh S c h o o l, V i c t o r i a , He

e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF a s a t r a i n e e a i r c r e w i n 1940. D u r in g 1940-41 he

c a r r i e d o u t o p e r a t i o n a l f l y i n g w i t h No 111 S q u a d ro n (RAF) UK, D u rin g t h e

P a c i f i c War he saw s e r v i c e w ith No 75» 86 a n d 78 S q u a d r o n s . He a l s o c o m p le te d

a t e s t p i l o t ' s c o u r s e . I n 1949 he was p o s te d t o O v e rs e a s H e a d q u a r t e r s ,

RAAF, L ondon, an d was a w a rd e d h i s AFC i n r e c o g n i t i o n o f h i s s e r v i c e s a t t h e

RAF F l y i n g C o l l e g e , He w as a p p o in t e d A s s i s t a n t A i r A t t a c h e , W a sh in g to n ,

i n J a n u a r y , 19 6 1.

G roup C a p ta in R o n a ld Thomas SUSANS, DSO DFC, w as b o m a t S y d n e y , NSW, a n d e d u c a te d a t S ydney H igh S c h o o l. He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 1 9 40.

I n 1943 he w as aw a rd ed a DFC f o r h i s p a r t i n o p e r a t i o n s o v e r enemy t e r r i t o r y

w i t h No 3 S q u a d ro n , I n 1952 he was a w a rd e d a n im m e d ia te DSO f o r h i s o u t s t a n d i n g

l e a d e r s h i p o f No 77 S q u a d ro n i n K o re a . He a l s o r e c e i v e d t h e A m e ric an DFC

a n d A i r M e d al. S in c e t h e end o f t h e K o re a n c o n f l i c t Gp C ap t S u sa n s h a s

h e l d a num ber o f s e n i o r RAAF a p p o in tm e n ts , i n c l u d i n g D i r e c t o r o f A ir S t a f f

P l a n s , S t a f f O f f i c e r t o Head A u s t r a l i a n J o i n t S e r v ic e S t a f f , W a sh in g to n ,

a n d S e n io r A i r S t a f f O f f i c e r a t RAAF B a s e , E d in b u rg h , S o u th A u s t r a l i a .

He i s a t p r e s e n t A i r A t t a c h e , P a r i s .

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A c tin g G roup C a p ta in M ic h a e l G eo rg e COWAN, DSO MVO, w as "bom a t Mt B a r k e r , SA, a n d was e d u c a te d a t S t P e t e r ’ s C o lle g e A d e l a id e , a n d t h e

U n i v e r s i t y o f A d e l a id e . He j o i n e d t h e RAAF a s a n a i r c a d e t a t t h e o u t b r e a k

o f W orld War I I , an d d u r i n g th o P a c i f i c War f le w A vro A nson a n d H udson ■

"bombers a g a i n s t J a p a n e s e b a s e s i n t h e N e t h e r l a n d s E a s t I n d i e s , A f t e r s e r v i c e

i n A u s t r a l i a he was p o s te d o v e r s e a s t o t h e RAF, As Commanding O f f i c e r o f

No 46Ο Squa.dron he f le w L a n c a s t e r bo m b ers i n many a t t a c k s on t a r g e t s i n

t h e E u ro p e a n t h e a t r e , Gp C ap t Cowan was D i r e c t o r o f P o s t i n g s a t RAAF

H e a d q u a r te r s when h e was a p p o in t e d e c u e r r y t o t h e Q ueen, t h e n P r i n c e s s

E l i z a b e t h , f o r t h e R o y al T o u r o f A u s t r a l i a a n d New Z e a la n d . He was i n

Mombasa w i t h t h e R o y a l T o u r s t a f f when t h i s t o u r was a b a n d o n e d on t h e d e a th

o f K in g G eo rg e V I, On h i s r e t u r n t o A u s t r a l i a h e w as a p p o in t e d Commanding

O f f i c e r o f No 34 ( T r a n s p o r t ) S q u a d ro n a t M a l l a l a , S o u th A u s t r a l i a , W h ile i n

t h i s a p p o in tm e n t he w as a p p o in t e d E x t r a - E q u e r r y t o t h e Queen f o r H er M a j e s t y 's

A u s t r a l i a n t o u r .

A c tin g G roup C a p ta in W il f r e d J o h n GUTHRIE, w as b o m a t S ydney

a n d l i v e d a t I v a n h o e , V i c t o r i a , He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 19 3 8 , e n d s e r v e d

w i t h No 100 ( B e a u f o r t) S q u a d ro n i n t h e S o u th -W e st P a c i f i c , He commanded No 12

S q u a d ro n i n 1 9 43, Commands o f o t h e r s q u a d ro n s a n d u n i t s f o llo w e d a n d i n

1956 he w as a p p o in t e d t o t h e RAAF S t a f f C o lle g e f o r d u t y . I n i 960 h e w as

made Commanding O f f i c e r o f B ase S q u a d ro n , A m b e rle y , O ld .

' W ing Commander G e o f f r e y Thom pson NEWSTEAD, was b o m a t fienm ark,

S o u th A u s t r a l i a , He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF i n 1939» a n d s e r v e d a s a bom ber

p i l o t i n t h e s o u th - w e s t P a c i f i c d u r i n g W orld War I I . He commanded No 77

S q u a d ro n fro m 1948 t o 19 5 0 . I n 1959 h e was a p p o in t e d t o command No 6 (B om ber)

S q u a d ro n , a p o s t he h a s o c c u p ie d u n t i l h i s p r e s e n t a p p o in tm e n t. He i s a n

H o n o ra ry A id e de Camp t o t h e G o v e rn o r G e n e r a l ,

Wing Commander C la r e n c e Haddon SPURGEON, DFC, was b o r n a t H a w th o rn , V i c t o r i a , a n d e d u c a te d a t t h e C a re y B a p t i s t Grammar S c h o o l, a t

Kew, V i c t o r i a . He e n l i s t e d i n t h e RAAF a s a c a d e t i n 1940 a n d s e r v e d w i t h

No 8 S q u a d ro n i n S in g a p o re b e f o r e b e in g t a k e n p r i s o n e r b y t h e J a p a n e s e ,

A f t e r t h e w a r he w as a p p o in t e d D i r e c t o r o f A i r S t a f f P la n s a t A i r F o r c e

H e a d q u a r t e r s , a n d i n 1955 w as a p p o in t e d Commanding O f f i c e r o f No 1 S q u a d ro n

i n M a la y a , D u t i e s w i t h t h e RAAF S t a f f C o lle g e a n d t h e A i r A t t a c h e i n W a sh in g to n

f o l l o w e d . He w as a p p o in t e d Commanding O f f i c e r o f No 1 (B om ber) S q u a d ro n

i n D ecem b er, 19&2,

Wing Commander L e o n a rd Huon WILLIAMSON, DFC, w as b o r n a t A n n a n d a le , NSW, a n d e d u c a te d a t P e te r s h a m H ig h S c h o o l, He e n l i s t e d i n t h e

RAAF i n 1940 a n d s e r v e d i n t h e E u ro p e a n t h e a t r e d u r i n g W orld War I I , A f t e r

t h e w a r he s u c c e s s f u l l y c o m p le te d a t e s t . p i l o t ' s c o u r s e . A p p o in tm e n ts t o

s e n i o r RAAF p o s t s f o ll o w e d . T h e se i n c l u d e d Commanding O f f i c e r o f No 1

(B om ber) S q u a d ro n , D i r e c t o r of- F l y i n g S a f e t y a t A i r F o r c e H e a d q u a r te r s a n d

tw o y e a r s e s c h a n g e d u t y w i t h t h e U n ite d S t a t e s A i r F o r c e , He was a p p o in t e d '

a id e - d e - c a m p t o t h e G o v e r n o r- G e n e r a l i n J a n u a r y , 1962.