the Maritime Squadrons
The RAAF Maritime Squadrons Association (MSA) is an association founded to
foster the spirit of friendships formed in the Service, and to foster
the ideals founded in the maritime flying squadrons of the RAAF, RAN and
other military forces.
The Associationís history commenced with an annual dinner for his old 11
Squadron crew, organised by Gordon Johnstone, in Sydney during the
1960s. This dinner was such a success that regular annual dinners
followed, and an association started to develop.
Meanwhile, in Brisbane, at about the same time, Neville Williams was
organising regular get-togethers of some ex-11 Squadron members. The
Brisbane Association (also known as the 11 Squadron Re-union Committee)
proved very popular and started to grow with attendees from other states
. A small newsletter was started.
At the Golden Jubilee of 10 & 11 Squadrons at Edinburgh in August 1989 a
decision was made to form the RAAF Maritime Squadrons Association. With
the formation of a national association, a working party was formed to
create the necessary formwork and we were Up Up and Away
Today, membership of the Association is mainly comprised of former
members of 10 and 11 Squadrons who have served in the post-war years.
These members have flown or worked on Neptune and Lincoln and Orion
aircraft. The association is still fortunate to have a small number of
WW 2 veterans who served on Sunderland and Catalina Squadrons.
However, membership is open, not only to the members of RAAF maritime
squadrons, but also to the former members of maritime squadrons from the
RAN and Allied Military Forces.
The cost of membership is $10 for an annual subscription, or $100 for a
lifetime subscription. Those seeking to join the Association should
contact the Secretary for a membership application form or click on the
e-mail Button to the left
Currently the principal activities of the Association comprise three
annual dinners held respectively in Canberra, NSW (Glenbrook), and Brisbane
and an annual lunch held in Adelaide. The
Canberra dinner is normally held in March / April, the NSW
dinner is normally held in about July and the Brisbane dinner normally
is held in October each year. The Adelaide Lunch is held on the first
Sunday in May each year. It is anticipated that as the Association
grows, other activities will be organised in other states.
An Annual General Meeting of the Association is held annually, where committee members are elected for the next
The Association also produces a newsletter on a regular basis, which
provides a focal point of interesting activities and news of member's