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Official Newsletter

Gippsland Branch Royal Australian Air Force

Association Victorian Division

President Secretary Tom Lawless John Power 125 Farran Road 24 Pollock Street Hazelwood Sth 3840 Traralgon 3844 (03) 5166 1388 (03) 5174 3231

Patron Group Captain P. Cleary Lot 3 Red Gum Gully Boundary Road Briagolong 3860

Treasurer John Schulz 111 North Road Yallourn Nth 3825 (03) 5167 1495

Welfare Clem Jarvis 11 Western Park Drive Warragul 3820 (03) 5623 1866

FEBRUARY NEWS 2010 Greetings to members and their families! I hope you are keeping well and enjoying the very pleasant weather we have been experiencing, so different to last year. Glenys informed me this morning that John Schulz has had a slight turn and has been taken to hospital. We sincerely hope that it is not serious. He is having a few problems at present our John. At this time I do not know of any others on the sick list. VALE: David Pearce, our inaugural President when the Gippsland Branch was reformed in 1990. David passed away at Christmas at the age of 91. As mentioned in the previous News a number of members attended his funeral at Leongatha on 29th December 2009. David had been a very active member of the RAF Association, Melbourne Branch, and quite a number of the members travelled to Leongatha for the service and conducted the ceremony in conjunction with Leongatha RSL. David served with distinction in the RAF during WW2. He was attached to a Lancaster squadron and on one raid over Germany his aircraft was badly shot up. He managed to get it back to England but it crashed on landing and two of the crew were killed, David received a broken ankle. For his action he was awarded the DFC. When he recovered he rejoined his squadron and with a new crew completed his tour. He then became an instructor teaching new crews the art of survival. Later he became an instructor of the instructors. ‌/2


-2After the war he returned to civilian life in England. In the 1950’s with his wife Daphne and their family they moved to Australia and eventually they settled at Leongatha. In 1990 a number of ex RAAF types looked at reforming the Branch in Gippsland. A meeting was held and David was elected President. He held the position for several years. Daphne also served a term as Secretary. She predeceased David several years ago. We extend to his family sincere condolences of the Branch. ————————————— The painting of Air Commodore David Beyer, Senior Chaplain has now been taken to the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum at West Sale. It has created considerable interest since it went on display last March. Our meeting on 7th February was attended by nine members and one visitor with apologies from two. Not bad as our current membership stands at seventeen. So any of you out there who have not yet payed your subs please do so as we need to keep the numbers up. It was decided that we will endeavour to make a trip to the Maffra Sugar Beet and Motor Museums most likely in April. If sufficient numbers can be obtained we will organise a bus. The trip will be arranged for a week day. When the date is announced please let me know ASAP if you intend coming. There will be a dedication of a Plaque commemorating the RAAF Squadrons that served in the Vietnam War. This will be held at Point Cook on Sunday 28th March. Those of you interested in attending please advise me by Friday 12th March. Motor Transport Branch has had to cancel their trip to visit our Branch due to sickness among the members. They are hopeful of making it at a later date. All for now,

John.

Gippswings: February 2010  

Official Newsletter of the Gippslad Branch of the Air Force Association (Vic)