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Senior RAAF appointments

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1977. NO. 74/77


The Officer Commanding RAAF Base Amberley, Qld.,

Air Commodore S.D. Evans, has been appointed Chief of Air

Force Operations in the Department of Defence (Air Force

Office), , Canberra.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Defence,

Mr D.J. Killen, said that Air Commodore Evans would be promoted

to the rank of Air Vice Marshal when he took up the appointment

on April 26. .

Mr Killen also announced that the new Officer

Commanding RAAF Amberley would be Group Captain R.F. Drury,

the Senior Administrative Staff Officer at RAAF Operational

Command Headquarters. He will be promoted to the acting rank

of Air Commodore.

Biographical notes are attached.


Further Enquiries: Mr Barry Custance 65 2999 (office hours) 81 0424 (after hours)


Air Commodore S.D. Evans, DSO, AFC

Air Commodore Selwyn David Evans was born at

Paddington, NSW, in 1925. He qualified as a pilot during . _ ■ · ' , f

World War Two and has flown transport, bomber, and Fill

strike aircraft. He commanded No. 2 Squadron equipped with

Canberra bombers in Vietnam from November 1967 to November

1968, and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies. ' ' ··-_··. ' . .

He served at Department of Defence (Air Force Office), Canberra,

as Director-General of Plans and Policy for two years before

being appointed Officer Commanding RAAF Base Amberley - the

RAAF1s largest operational base - in February 1975.

Group Captain R.F. Drury, MVO, AFC

Group Captain Raymond Frederick Drury was born in

Southport, UK, in March, 1925.

He joined the RAAF in 1943· as an aircrew trainee,

and has served with No. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight, No. 82

Wing Amberley, No. 1 Squadron Singapore, No. 10 Squadron

Townsville, and No. 100 Squadron RAF. He was Chief Flying

Instructor at the RAAF Academy, Point Cook, and Commanding

Officer of No. 34 Squadron, Fairbairn.