We left Wagga after another look at the RAAF Museum aircraft in the sunshine.
The Gloster Meteor is a twin-engine jet fighter, the first jet aircraft to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the only Allied jet aircraft in combat during World War II. Almost 4,000 were produced, mostly in
service with the RAF between 1944 and 1965. In 1946 a Meteor captured newspaper headlines when it flew over Melbourne, Victoria at 788 km/h (490mph). However, it was not until 1951, when Meteors
went into action with No. 77 Squadron in Korea, that these aircraft made their mark in RAAF history. Ninety-three Meteor F8s and six Meteor T7s were allocated to the Korean War, they were used mainly in
the ground-attack role, but also accounted for three enemy MIG-15s in air to air combat. The enemy MIG-15 proved to be a more capable adversary and despite significant success in the ground attack role, the cost of RAAF Meteor operations in Korea saw the loss of 32 pilots and 53 Meteors from No. 77 Sauadron. The RAAF “officially” retired the Meteor in 1963. However, Meteors with RAF and RAF serial numbers
continued to fly on Ministry of Supply trials at Edinburgh and Woomera.
A84-235 was acquired by the RAAF on 22 October 1956 and was allocated to No. 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Laverton, Victoria. Later that vear it was reallocated to No. 82 Wing at Amberley, Queensland. It flew with No.6 Squadron and was then allocated to No. 2 Squadron at RAF Butterworth in Malaysia. Canberras from No. 2 Squadron became the first Australian jet bombers to perform a combat sortie in September 1958 when an attack against guerrillas in Northern Malaya was carried
out, the first of many such missions. In May 1967, A84-235 was in service with No. 2 Squadron in Vietnam as part of the United States
Air Force (USAF) 35th Tactical Fighter Wing. No. 2 Squadron’s Canberras flew just six per cent of the Wing’s sorties, but inflicted 16 per cent of the damage. Overall, 11,963 sorties were flown in Vietnam, 76,389 bombs dropped and two aircraft lost. In 1971, during a bombing run, Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver were killed when their Canberra came under attack. They were
not recovered during the war and it was in April 2009 that the wreckage of their aircraft was found and their remains returned to Australia. By the time it returned to Australia, No. 2 Squadron was the last RAF operational Canberra unit and A84-235 retired from service 27 July 1973.
Storm clouds massing to the east, the journey back was uneventful but we encountered some rainstorms on the high ground. Rest stop with just 110 miles to go.
Arrived back at Sea View at 16:00 hrs. And recovered from the drive with a nice cup of tea.
Torrential rain on Monday so we returned the car to Budget and had an Uber back to the house and in the evening had a lovely meal with the family.
Tuesday was a lazy day, sitting in the sun in the garden, sorting stuff out and wondering whether it’ll all go in the suitcase, followed by a lovely meal out at the ChanChaLa.
Chanchala is a Sanskrit adjective basically referring to the unsteady vacillating nature of human mind and actions which need to be stilled, neutralized or controlled for gaining right speech and vision… food for thought maybe!
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I wish we had the BYO at restaurants here.
Glad the trip went so well.
Roy & I were in Brum at the weekend – Roy went to the Severn Valley Railway and I was treated to the ballet at the Hippodrome – fabulous!