South Australian Aviation Museum
Harry Butler
Hendon Aerodrome, in front of
'The Harry J. Butler & Kauper Aviation Company' building.
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.

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Books Published by History Group Members
Biographies of noted South Australian Aviators
Pre WW2 Research
WW2 Research
Post WW2 Research

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Books Published by History Group Members
Schaedel Sth. Aust. Airmen of the Great War
An ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Project
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
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
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
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 of noted South Australian Aviators
AYLIFFE, John Colin (added Feb 2022)
BAKER, Thomas Charles Richmond - AFC - DFC, MM & Bar (added Dec 2021)
BAXTER, John Russell (Russ) - RAAF
BELL, John Napier (added June 2021)
BENNETT, Clarence Charles (added July 2022)
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
CLEARY, Helen Agnes (added March 2020)
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
ELLIS, Reginald Sidney (added May 2022)
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 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 Sep 2021)
MILLER, Horrie - AFC
O'CONNOR, Leigh Thomas
PASCOE, Rena June (added Sep 2021)
PINK, Jimmy - RAF, SAAM Member
RECHNER, Reg - RAAF, RAF
REYNELL, Richard Carew (added Sep 2021)
RILEY, Fred (added April 2022)
SCHNEIDER, Harry
SHANNON, David (added June 2021)
SHEARN, Hartley Vivian (Viv) (added Jan 2022)
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 Sep 2021)
WARREN, David
WATT, Colin - RAAF
WILKINS, George Hubert
WILLIAMS, Graham Robert (added May 2022)
WILLIAMS, Sir Richard - Air Marshall KBE CB DSO (added Sep 2021)



Pre WW2 Research
WW2 Research
Post WW2 Research