Battle of Britain – making the movie

All RAAFSCA members, particularly course members of No 28 Course (completed December 1974), may be interested in the excellent article contributed to the Summer 2019 edition of Wings magazine by RAF graduate of 28 Course, Ron Lloyd.

There is more to link RAF graduates of RAAF Staff College with the MkIIa Spitfire P7350 (referred to in Ron’s article as ‘P 7’).   When CDF Admiral Alan Beaumont visited RAF Coningsby in June 1994, the station commander was (then) Group Captain Andy Williams, a graduate of 37 Course (completed December 1983).   Escorted by Andy, CDF’s base tour included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, in which Admiral Beaumont (perhaps understandably) showed little interest.   Given that he was working to a timeline that included a photo being taken of CDF seated in one of the BBMF aircraft, Andy asked CDF’s (RAAF) staff officer if he would help out by ‘sitting in for CDF’.   Little encouragement was required, especially when the station commander suggested sitting in P7350 since it was the last known flying Spitfire to have fought in the Battle of Britain.   The result is the photo below.   (Yes – ‘what a pretender’ – but all in the name of helping out a RAAF Staff College graduate!)

Conningsby June 1994


RAAF Staff College Association visit to the Australian War Memorial Annex
22 November 2019

(Our sincere thanks to Senior Curator, Shane Casey and the team who so expertly guided us through the Mitchell Annex buildings, and to the AWM staff who made the necessary arrangements for our tour.)


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Fifth generation air force articles and weblinks
Three pages of brief articles and links to other articles relating to 5th generation air forces.


Australian-American Memorial in the 1950s – before the Department of Defence arrived


Building E under construction – late 1950s

Russell Offices, circa 1961

Russell Offices – circa 1961


Russell Offices – mid 1960s

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RAAF News – November 1991


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Former RAAF Staff College Association President, Ken Tuckwell (March 1989 RAAF News)

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October 1980 edition of RAAF News

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Nov/Dec 1979 edition of RAAF News

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November 1975 edition of RAAF News