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24RMC at Ballarat in 1960.


Barry Morris saw the photo below which we had in Vol 22.  He said he could only put names to a few of the faces, so we asked Bob Bocos if he could help, and Bob’s brain box went into overdrive and he came up with all the surnames and a couple of the first names, but he reckons it’s stretching things to ask for all the first names. Bob also says the year was 1960, not 1961 as we had suggested.


24 RMC Ballarat, 1960


Back row: Jock Turnbull, N. Martin (Tassie), Daly, Diffy, Smidth, Lorrie Routledge, Bob Bocos, Ken Graham.

Middle Row: J. Johnson, Barry Morris, ??, John Harris, Ian Martin, Bruno Trenning, Peter Brown.

Front Row: Hillary Johnson, Lee, White, Brunskill.


After the course, Barry was posted to No.1 Control and Reporting Unit. He says;  "The Course Instructors had no idea where it was, so they told me to get to Sydney by Train and from there I would be picked up and taken to the unit. This actually happened, the location was Brookvale. On arrival, I was processed by the orderly room staff then invited to meet the Major. I thought, that's funny, can't remember anyone in the Air Force having the rank of Major - but who knows....... This Major turned out to be in the US Air Force - not the Royal Aussie... Following the formalities, I was taken in tow by my Warrant Officer and shown around the unit. He finally asked me if I recognised any of the equipment. I said "yes, the HF transmitters,  AT-17's". His response was that, as of now son, you are in charge. I also became responsible for activities that everyone else avoided like the plague, such as the tool store and the tech. library.


Actually I learned a lot from the library, carrying out all the updates which could have been up to two years behind. Also I collated all the Field Technical Bulletins put out by Bendix, the manufacturer of the search radar, the A/N-FPS-3A.


I went on to 114MCRU at Butterworth, back to 1CARU and then on to 3CARU.









The Iroquois.

Brian Dirou


It’s great that some people are realizing how irreplaceable is the single engine Huey. Twin-engine utility helos are simply not cost-effective operationally. Very few of them can hover if one engine fails and the additional power plant gives little gain in aircraft performance due to additional weight, higher fuel consumption and muchHH-3E Jolly Green Giant increased maintenance overheads. Multiple higher powered engines are necessary on medium and heavy lift helos like the Chinook and CH/HH53, the Jolly Green Giant (right)  but better hot and high performance and reliability is achieved with uprated single engines on utility helos. In this regard, the single engine Huey II which is an upgraded Iroquois has outstanding high altitude performance. Our ADF Iroquois could have been simply upgraded to Huey II for about $2million per aircraft but they have been discarded for the unproven Tiger and MRH-90 acquired in lieu at unit cost perhaps exceeding $45million for each, yet they cannot do the same jobs as the Huey II! The attachment shows how the Bushranger Hotel model Iroquois gunship could have been easily upgraded to a formidable Huey II version.


These extracts are from US Army historical studies: ‘The range and killing power of the minigun was limited and though the 70 millimetre rockets had much more reach and punch, they were inaccurate and had to generally be fired in salvos to blanket a target…… While many (US Army) gunship crews liked the speed, agility and hard-to-hit slender lines of the Cobra, there was another faction that preferred the old Huey gunships since the door gunners not only provided additional eyes and ears but could lay down suppressive fire to the rear of the helicopter……The debate between the two factions went on through the war.’   


The following 2 paragraphs are from 'The Bushranger Story' authored by myself.


High density 7.62mm minigun firing of ball ammunition was very effective at close range in jungle environs and fixed forward-firing primary minigun weapons of the Bushranger enabled very accurate firing extremely close to friendly forces (sometimes within 10 metres). Fixed forward firing 20mm cannon used on some early model Huey-cobras could deliver accurate fire support close to friendly forces albeit at a larger safety distance than 7.62mm mini-guns due to the high explosive fragmentation effect of cannon ammunition. The inherent inaccuracy of 70 millimetre rockets necessitates significant safety distances making this weapon unsuited for intimate air support of friendly forces. The 4 man crew of the Bushranger had all round vision which was of great advantage in reconnaissance, detecting movement and sighting/hearing sources of ground fire plus in fighter versus helicopter tactics development pursued by the RAAF in Australia after the Vietnam War. Broad door-gun fields of fire were also a significant advantage over the Huey cobra.




Back Row L-R:  D Long, S Polzin, K (weeds) Harris, M Rust, B Butler, Doug Lennox, Geo Ferlito

Sitting:  P Christiansen, P Buesel


The Bushranger Story


The simplicity of the Bushranger weapons system was a key feature. Miniguns needed frequent parts replacement due to high usage wear but the overall system only required minimal maintenance and was well suited to operations under adverse field conditions in remote areas and could be fully re-armed by aircrew. The multi-role concept enabled conversion of a modified aircraft from utility helo to gunship within about 90 minutes including weapon system harmonization. Conversely, gunship to utility configuration took only 30 minutes with the gunsights remaining permanently fitted to a modified aircraft. These characteristics exemplified flexibility, versatility and economy of effort which are longstanding principles of war.

‘The (US) Army's decision to standardize on a utility tactical transport helicopter has far-reaching implications on every operation from its planning to its execution. Literally hundreds of our key battles could not have been fought without a light, agile machine that could go into improbable landing zones at a critical time. Had the Army chosen to build its airmobile tactics around a ‘platoon carrier’, different and less flexible tactics would have been forced on our commanders. As we move to replace the Huey fleet, we must never lose sight of the essential characteristics that made the Huey invaluable to the Infantry commander. Technology offers so many tempting alternatives that one can easily forget the basic problems of squad tactics. The vital lessons which we learned in the ‘sizing’ of our helicopter fleet dare not be forgotten.’


Lieutenant General  John J. Tolson, US Army


Click HERE to see the concept Huey II



If it doesn't work, rename it. If that doesn't fix it, the new name isn't long enough.




It pays to be old.


An Elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighbourhood after they retired.


Holding hands they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they'd shared, where Andy had carved "I love you, Sally" with his pocket knife.

 Old couple in bed

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armoured car, practically landing at their feet Sally quickly picked it up, but not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money—fifty thousand dollars.


Andy said, "We've got to give it back." Sally said, "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.


The next day, two coppers were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for the money, and knocked on the door. "Pardon me, but did either of you find or see a bag that fell out of an armoured car yesterday?"


Sally said, "No."  Andy said, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic."  Sally said, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile." 


The coppers turned to Andy and began to question him. One says: "Tell us the story from the beginning" Andy said, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday . ... "


The first copper turns to his partner and says, "We're outta here."




What’s this??


Kev Rosser sent us the photo below, he says to show it to Wayne “Sniffer” Smith who will tell us what it’s all about – OK, over to you Wayne….




A  lawyer boarded an airplane in Brisbane with a box of frozen muddies and asked a blonde stewardess to take care of them for him.  

She took the box and promised to put it in the crew's refrigerator.   He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if she let them thaw out.  

Needless to say, she was annoyed by his behaviour.  Shortly before landing in Sydney, she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin, "Would  the gentleman who gave me the crabs in Brisbane, please raise his hand?"  

Not one hand went up ... so she took them home and ate them. 

Two lessons here:  

1.  Lawyers aren't as smart as they think they are.  

2.  Blondes aren't as dumb as most people think. 



Women in Combat.



There’s been a bit of scuttlebutt recently about having girls in the front line of an infantry squad, up with the blokes, shooting at the bad guys and getting shot at by the bad guys. We can’t see it happening real soon and neither can Ted McEvoy – he sent us this.






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