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2021 RAAF Heritage Awards theme announced

written by Adam Thorn | April 1, 2020

The 2021 RAAF Heritage Awards literature competition will seek entries that focus on lesser-known aspects of the Air Force’s history.

In particular, organisers are hoping applicants can tell stories on “Cold War activities and Southeast Asia Treaty Organization involvement, United Nations commitments, and post-war transitions as a period of force regeneration and force rebalance”.

The competition is designed to enhance records and foster interest in the history of the RAAF, with a $25,000 prize for first place, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.

Historian Martin James said that since the awards’ inception, the Air Force has published historical works of national significance that acknowledge veterans’ achievements.

James said, “Air Force has a responsibility to its members, past and present, as well as future generations, to ensure we capture significant events of Air Force history and personal endeavour.”

The 2018 winner of the RAAF Heritage Awards


The winner of the last RAAF Heritage Awards hosted in 2018 was former Flight Lieutenant Bob Grandin, who published the winning piece in 2019, Answering the Call: Life of a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam.

Submissions are to be received no later than midnight 30 June 2021, with winning manuscripts published over the following two years.

Further details including full conditions of entry can be obtained from [email protected].

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  • Alf Tremain


    Daily Telegraph May 29 ,2021 published an article titled ” Mystery still hangs over Richmond Base Tragedy ”
    Martin James is referred to as an RAAF Historian and is quoted as saying;
    ” But the ripple effect the loss of those men caused cannot be underestimated. It also had a ripple effect across the world as a clear cause was never established and that same engine was also used in some commercial commercial airlines at the time”
    I am an ex RAAF Neptune pilot who flew P2V5s and P2V7s from June 1961 to April 1964. This is first I have heard that there was any mystery about a PRT overspeed and disintegration causing the fire in the port engine and wing. Would Martin have an opportunity to discuss this mystery with me? If so it would be much appreciated.

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