South Australian Aviation Museum
plane at Encounter bay
Frank Willmott at Encounter Bay - 25 or 26 March 1921
Source: State Library of South Australia [B 73950]
SAAM History Group
SAAM's History Group comprises a small number of Museum members with a shared strong interest in researching and writing South Australian aviation history. The Group assists visitors to the Museum by researching and providing answers to their questions on aviation history. It also assists members who are engaged in the restoration of historic aircraft, by researching such matters as aircraft colours, registrations and liveries to ensure authenticity.

The main focus of SAAM's History Group is, however, the research and writing of short profiles on significant South Australian aviators and aviation events for publishing on this site and elsewhere.

Please Note: © South Australia Aviation Museum 2021.
All content on this website belongs the property of SAAM and may not be reproduced elswhere without permission.

Profiles On this Page
Biographies   Pre WW2   WW2   Post WW2
Books Published by History Group Members 
Schaedel
Sth. Aust. Airmen of the Great War
(an ANZAC Centenary Commemoration.)
Author: Chas Schaedel
(with SAAM History Group)

Free Download Here
Weller
South Australian Eagles
A Century of Distinguished Service by South Australians in the Air Force.
Author: Greg Weller
Free Download Here
Iconic Airline
An Iconic Airline
The Story of Airlines of South Australia. The people, the place and the planes.
Authors: Jim Evans & Nigel Daw
For purchase information, click here
Wing Tips
Wing Tips
The Story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia
Book 1: 1919-1941
Book 2: 1941-1986
Author: Mike Milln
For purchase information, click here
Iconic Airline
Zero Hour in Broome
The untold stories of the attacks on northwest Australia in 1942.
Authors: Dr. Tom Lewis OAM & Peter Ingman
Carrier Attack
Carrier Attack - Darwin 1942
The Complete Guide to Australia's Own Pearl Harbor
Authors: Dr. Tom Lewis OAM & Peter Ingman
RAAF in SA
The RAAF in South Australia During WW2.
Adelaide - Gawler - Mallala - Mount Gambier - Parafield - Port Pirie - Victor Harbor
Author: Peter Ingman
For purchase information, click here
South Pacific Air War
South Pacific Air War
Volume 1: The Fall of Rabaul December 1941-March 1942
Volume 2: The Struggle for Moresby March - April 1942
Volume 3: Coral Sea & Aftermath May-June 1942
Volume 4: Buna & Milne Bay June - September 1942
Authors: Michael Claringbould & Peter Ingman
For purchase information, click here


Biographies  (pdf documents - click to download)

BAXTER, John Russell (Russ) - RAAF
BELL, John Napier (added June 2021)
BETTERIDGE, Allan Rupert
BONYTHON, Hugh Reskymer (Kym) - RAAF, AC, DFC, AFC, KSJ
BRIGGS, Frank, AIF, RFC, RAF
BUCKLEY, Noble Sydney Douglas (Nobby) - Aero Club of SA, Guinea Airways, ASA
BUNGEY, Robert Wilton - RAAF, RAF, SQNLDR, DFC
BUTLER, Henry John (Harry) - CAPT., RFC, AFC
CHESTER Brothers (Herbert & Richard) - AFC, AAC
CHOMLEY, Alex - RAAF, FSGT
CLISBY, Leslie Redford (Les) - RAAF, RAF, DFC, KIA France 14 May 1940
CONSTANTINE, Alexander Noel (added June 2021)
COWPER, Robert Barson (Bob) - RAAF, RAF, DFC (& bar), OAM, Legion of Honour (FR)
DOUDY, John C. (Jack) - RAAF, RAF
ESPELAND, Brenton
FREEMAN, John - OAM
GOLDSWORTHY, Warwick
GROPLER, Roy
HAMILTON, David (Shorty) Commander Royal Navy (SAAM Honorary Member)
HERAPATH, Sydney David (David) - RAAF
HERBERT, Michael Patrick John (Herbie) - FLGOFF, KIA Vietnam 3 Nov 1970
HILL, Clive - FLGOFF, Legion of Honour (FR)
HORN Brothers (Kelham Kirk, Marmaduke Langdale & Spencer Bertram "Nigger")
HUSSEY, Herbert Bindley (Bert) - AIF, AFC, RAAF
KENNY, William David (Dave) - FLTLT, DFC
KLEINIG, Theodore Victor Benno (Ted) - FLGOFF, KIA New Guinea 25 Dec 1943
LARKIN Brothers (Herbert Joseph "Jimmy" & Reginald Stanley) - AIF, RFC
LEICESTER, David - RAAF, SQNLDR, DFC (& Bar), OAM
MACINTOSH, Robert Andrew (added 24 Sep 2021)
MATULICH, Lawrence Claude - AIF, AFC
MATULICH Brothers (Charles de Courcy & Laurence Claude) - AFC
McCLOUGHRY Brothers (Wilfred Ashton, CB, AVM & Edgar James Kingston CB, CBE, DFC & Bar) - RFC, AFC, RAF
McINTYRE, Ivor - RAF, RFC, AFC
MELROSE, Charles James (Jimmy)
MESSERSCHMITT, Wilhelm Emil & Bf 109-E (added 24 Sep 2021)
MILLER, Horrie - AFC
O'CONNOR, Leigh Thomas
PASCOE, Rena June (added 24 Sep 2021)
PINK, Jimmy - RAF, SAAM Member
RECHNER, Reg - RAAF, RAF
REYNELL, Richard Carew (added 24 Sep 2021)
SCHNEIDER, Harry
SHANNON, David (added June 2021)
SHIERS, Walter Henry (Wally) - AIF, AFC
SMITH Brothers (Keith Macpherson & Ross Macpherson) - RFC, AFC, RAF
SMITH, Ross & the Vimy Crew (added 24 Sep 2021)
SMITH, W.F.E. (Bill) - AFC
SUTHERLAND, Lt. Alan D'Arcy - AIF, RFC
TINDALE, Norman (added June 2021)
TONGERIE, George (added 24 Sep 2021)
WARREN, David
WATT, Colin - RAAF
WILKINS, George Hubert
WILLIAMS, Sir Richard - Air Marshall KBE CB DSO (added 24 Sep 2021)


Pre World War 2  (pdf documents - click to download)


World War 2  (pdf documents - click to download)


Post World War 2  (pdf documents - click to download)

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