South Australian Aviation Museum

The SAAM History Group comprises a small number of Museum members with a shared strong interest in researching and writing South Australian aviation history. Their main focus is the research and writing of short profiles on significant South Australian aviators and aviation events for publishing on this site and elsewhere. The History Group also assists visitors to the Museum by researching and providing answers to their questions on aviation history, and assists members who are engaged in the restoration of historic aircraft, by researching such matters as aircraft colours, registrations and liveries to ensure authenticity.

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On 26 March 1921, Lieut. Frank Willmott (standing on top of the fuselage) landed his de Havilland DH-6 aircraft at Granite Island. The Bluff is in view across the harbor. Source: State Library of SA
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Aircraft Profiles
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Books Published by History Group Members

Regional Airlines of South Australia
The First Fifty Years
Author: Nigel Daw
More Information and where to buy.

South Australian Airmen of the Great War
An ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Project.
Author: Chas Schaedel (with SAAM History Group).
Free Download Here
South Australian Eagles
A Century of Distinguished Service by South Australians in the Air Force.
Author: Greg Weller
Free Download 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.
Available from SAAM Shop

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

Mosquito Monograph
A History of Mosquitoes in Australia & RAAF Operations.
Author: David Vincent - Published 1982.
Out of Print but available secondhand through numerous Aviation Collectable Booksellers.
Catalina Chronicle
A great account of RAAF Catalina Flying Boat Operations during World War Two.
Published 1978 as a Limited edition of 1000 Copies.
Author: David Vincent.
Out of Print but available secondhand through numerous Aviation Collectable Booksellers.
Iconic Airline

Zero Hour in Broome
The untold stories of the attacks on northwest Australia in 1942.
Authors: Dr. Tom Lewis OAM & Peter Ingman.
Available from SAAM Shop
Carrier Attack

Carrier Attack - Darwin 1942
The Complete Guide to Australia's Own Pearl Harbor.
Authors: Dr. Tom Lewis OAM & Peter Ingman.
Available from SAAM Shop
South Pacific Air War
South Pacific Air War
Vol. 1: The Fall of Rabaul Dec 1941-Mar 1942
Vol. 2: The Struggle for Moresby Mar - Apr 1942
Vol. 3: Coral Sea & Aftermath May-Jun 1942
Vol. 4: Buna & Milne Bay Jun - Sep 1942
Authors: Michael Claringbould & Peter Ingman
For purchase information, click here

The RAAF Hudson Story - Book 1
The Lockheed Hudson achieved fame as Australia's main modern warplane in the early part of the Pacific War. Book One details the RAAF Hudson experience in Malaya, Australia (not including NT) and the Middle East. Author: David Vincent.
Available from Avonmore Books
The RAAF Hudson Story - Book 2
The Lockheed Hudson achieved fame as Australia's main modern warplane in the early part of the Pacific War. Book Two covers RAAF Hudson operations from the NT, Ambon, Timor, New Britain and New Guinea. Author: David Vincent.
Available from Avonmore Books

Aircraft Profiles (.pdf)

AERO145 - Commodore Aviation
BELL 206A Kiowa
CAC Mustang CA-18 Mk 21 A68119 VH-IVI
CAC Sabre - A Brief History
CONVAIR 240, 340, 440
CONVAIR ASA's Convair 440
DOUGLAS DC-3 ASA Operations 1960-1971
DOUGLAS DC-6 DC-6B in Australian Service Pt1
DOUGLAS DC-6 DC-6B in Australian Service Pt2
FOKKER F-27 Friendship
FOKKER F-27 Friendship ASA's Fokker Operations 1966-1986
FUJI FA200 Aero Subaru
LOCKHEED Constellation
LOCKHEED L-188 Electra
SHORT S-23 Empire Qantas Empire Airways Flying Boats
VICKERS Viscount in Australia

Events (.pdf)

1936 SA Centenary Race
1954 REDeX Reliability Trial
1966 National Air Show
1969 UK-AUSTRALIA Air Race
The Centenary of Civil Aviation
Centenary of the first Aircraft built in Australia AVRO 504K
First Deck Landing in a Supermarine Seafire
HEINKEL 114A-2 Flight over South Australia 1940
Jim Mollison & Amy Johnson in SA
Recovery of Spitfire UP-O
Re-enactment flights to Gawler
Re-enactment flights to Minlaton

Historical Research (.pdf)

Aerial Photography - Part 1 - Early History
Aerial Photography - Part 2 - WWI
Aerial Photography - Part 3 - WWII
Dambusters - 80 years on - The anniversary of Operation Chastise
Development of Adelaide West Beach Airport
From Air Hostess to Flight Attendant
History of RAAF Gawler 1941-1946
History of the St. John Air Ambulance Service
Manufacture of Beaufort Components in S.A.
Martin Baker Ejector Seats
No 1 EFTS Parafield
No 6 SFTS Mallala
No.10 Sqn RAAF in WWII
RAAF at Mt Gambier 1937-1947
RAAF at Port Pirie History
SAAM History Pt1 1984-1990
SAAM History Pt2 1991-2005
SA WWI Airmen Omitted from War Memorial
The Parafield Messerschmitt
WWII Radar Units in S.A.


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