RAAF Odyssey 1943 -1973Book - 2013
During the past thirty years many changes occurred in the organization and operation of the Royal Australian Air Force. Similarly, the RAAF of the post-war era up to 1973 also underwent many vast changes. From a peak strength of 180,000 officers and men and about 3,000 operational aircraft at the height of the World War 2, the personnel strength had fallen to about 138,000 at wars end. The Government then showed undue haste in quickly reducing the force by some 5,500 men each week until, by 1947 the total strength of the RAAF had reduced to around 8,000 personnel. To my knowledge very few stories have been published that deal with the service life of the non-flying fraternity of the RAAF. This is certainly a story that must be told as I have been informed on many occasions. With the modern air force the movement of the members on such frequent occasions could not and should not happen. The thirteen stories contained in this volume are therefore unique and I believe that they should be recorded while the memories remain fresh in my mind. The book contains an autobiographical look into life in the RAAF during the period from 1943 to 1973 as it affected one of the members. I believe that the stories show that anything is possible if one accepts the opportunities offered and "gives them a go."
Publisher: Mount Warren Park, Qld. : 2013. John Bennett,
Branch Call Number: B 358.400994 BENN
Characteristics: 210 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm