Hobart 11/12/13 September 2020 - 80th ANNIVERSARY


A Spitfire does a victory roll over the White Cliffs of Dover


 A Gathering of Eagles


80th Anniversary of

The Battleof Britain

A NationalCommemoration


Air Power

and Air Forces

Hobart, Tasmania

11th, 12th, 13th   September 2020



The Royal Australian Air Force Association, Tasmania Division, extends to all Royal Australian Air Force members, past and present and their guests an invitation to attend ‘A Gathering of Eagles’ to be held in Hobart on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September 2020 to commemorate the deeds and sacrifices of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Air Force,  Allied and all Air Forces in all conflicts past and present. This will be the 80th Anniversary of the Battle and will be a special series of events.  The Chief of Air Force has promised extra support for this occasion.



Friday 11th September at the RAAF Memorial Centre, 61 Davey Street, Hobart at 1700-2130hrs.  Drinks and Snacks.  Dress: Casual.



Saturday 12th September at St David’s Cathedral, 23 Murray Street, Hobart at 1400hrs.      Dress: RAAF 1A Uniform or Lounge Suit with full size medals.  PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME OF 2PM



Saturday 12th of September at The Elwick Function Centre, Elwick Park   -  1900hrs for 1930hrs.

Cost $105.00 each all inclusive.  Dress: RAAF Winter Mess Dress, Dinner Suit or Lounge Suit  (with miniatures).

Guest Speaker: WGCDR Ken Llewellyn RAAF Historian & Author



Sunday 13th September at the Cenotaph, Hobart Domain at 1100hrs.  Full size medals.

Commemorative Address: TBC



Sunday 13th September at the RAAF Memorial Centre, 61 Davey Street, Hobart at 1215hrs.            (no charge)



The Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association is most grateful to the Chief of Air Force, for the provision of RAAF support to these commemorative activities.

The RAAF Association also acknowledges the valuable contribution given by the Commanding Officer and Members of No 29 (City of Hobart) Squadron.



Special rates have been offered by the following – please request the 'Battle of Britain Sep 19' rate when booking:

             The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel:

                        Phone: 03 6235 5355              Email:  reservations@oldwoolstore.com.au

                   Hadley’s Orient Hotel:

                        Phone: 03 6237 2999              Email:  reservations@hadleyshotel.com.au

            Salamanca Inn:

                        Phone: 03 6223 3300             Email:  info@salamancainn.com.au



If you are interested in obtaining further details about these events, contact the State Secretary, RAAF Association, Tasmania Division at:


Address:          61 Davey Street, Hobart, 7001

Phone:             03 6200 9221 (Wed 10am - 3pm) a message bank is active during non-attendance times

            Email:             secretary@raafatas.org.au    


Chairman Battle of Britain Planning Committee:  -  AVM P J Scully AO  (0402 274 163)

            Coordinator/State Secretary:  -  Ms D Coulson  (0484 018 787)


Bookings, accompanied by the amount of the subscription, are essential. Members may make a direct credit to the Association Account – RAAF Association Tasmania Division  WESTPAC Bank  BSB 037-001  Account 100766 or by cheque payable to the ‘RAAF Association Tasmania Division’ and sent to the Association at 61 Davey Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000.



AVM Peter Scully AO and Mrs Louise Donaghey from Rolls Royce in the UK pictured at the Battle of Britain Dining In Night 2017

Over a number of years Rolls Royce have provided splendid support by way of substantial sponsorship to the Battle of Britain annual commemoration. Each year one of their overseas executives attends along with their Australian representative, Air Vice- Marshal Roxley McLennan AO.

In 2017, the Company sent Mrs Louise Donaghey out from  corporate headquarters in Bristol in the UK.  The Tasmanian Division is very grateftul for this continued interest and support.

Cenotaph Service
The BoB Cenotaph Service on Sunday 17 September 2017 was well attended. Pictured are SQNLDR Alan Robertson of Hobart and WGCDR Jon Hough RAF from the British High Commission in Canberra.
Defence Attaches pay tribute
A number of Defence Attaches from Canberra attended the Wreath Laying on Sunday 15 Sep 2019. The Group are pictured above at the Hobart Cenotaph
A link with history
Mrs Fitzpatrick, whose brother was killed flying Spitfires in the Pacific, is pictured with the Chief of Air Force and Mrs Hupfield on the left and Air Vice Marshal Peter Scully on the right at the Church service on Saturday 14 Sep 2019.
Service Chiefs pay their respects
Pictured after laying their wreaths are from left, CMDR Lewis Gaha CO Navy HQ Tas, LTCOL Shaun Harding, Senior ADF Officer Tasmania, and AVM Gavin Turnbull, Deputy Chief of Air Force
Mainland Supporters
Pictured at the Dining In Night were WGCDR Andrew McHugh CO of SFS Amberley and his wife Sondrine. Andrew and Sondrine have been regular attendees for quite a number of years.
Victoria and Tasmania
SQNLDR John Delia from 21 SQN Victoria and FLTLT Carroll James of Hobart catch up for a chat over dinner.