Hobart 14/15/16 September 2018

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


 A Gathering of Eagles


Anniversary of

The Battleof Britain

A NationalCommemoration


Air Power

and Air Forces

Hobart, Tasmania

14th, 15th, 16th   September 2018



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 15th and Sunday 16th of September 2018 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.



Friday 14th September at the RAAF Memorial Centre, 61 Davey Street, Hobart at 1700-2130hrs.  Drinks and Snacks.  Dress: Casual.



Saturday 15th September at St David’s Cathedral, 23 Murray Street, Hobart at 1500hrs.      Dress: RAAF 1A Uniform or Lounge Suit with full size medals.



Saturday 15th September at Ubet Function Centre, Elwick Park   -  1900hrs for 1930hrs.

Cost $100.00 each all inclusive.  Dress: RAAF Winter Mess Dress, Dinner Suit or Lounge Suit            (with miniatures).

Guest Speaker: TBC



Sunday 16th September at the Cenotaph, Hobart Domain at 1100hrs.  Full size medals.

Commemorative Address: TBC



Sunday 16th 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 18' rate when booking:


            Wrest Point:

                        Phone: 03 6221 1888 Email:  questservices@wrestpoint.com.au

            The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel:

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

            Hotel Grand Chancellor:     

                        Phone: 03 6235 4535              Email:  group reservations@hgchobart.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 6234 3862 (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 Comapny 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 at the Cenotaph. Pictured from left are the USAF Air Attache, the RAF Air Attache and RNZAF Air Attache.
Old friends catch up
SQNLDR Alan Robertson and WGCDR Ken Llewelyn caught up at the Dining In Night. Ken and Alan have worked together in RAAF with a number of projects over the years and took the opportunity to re-live old times.
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.