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Richard Williams interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2257286
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Williams, Richard, Sir, 1890-1980, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1973-1974 
7 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips. mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Richard Williams, Air Marshal, talks of his early life at Moonta, South Australia; his commission in the Commonwealth military forces; joining the regular army; adjutant of the 73rd infantry; School of Musketry, Sydney; compensation to property owners; Flying Corps training; recruitment during World War I; establishment of the Australian Flying Corps; formation of No. 1 Squadron; Salama; experiences in the Western Desert; attacks on Gaza; reliance of commanders on air protection; Beirut; Damascus; German Intelligence; Surasend; air photography; Ross Smith; Hudson Fysh; Peter Drummond; Alan Murray-Jones; AIF fly-over in London; RAF aeroplanes for Australia; return to Australia; establishment of RAAF; civil aviation; Air Council; pay scale and uniform; legislation; RAAF buildings; recruitment; Richmond; aircraft industry; inspection of South African, Canadian, US and New Zealand air forces; parachutes; trip to Queensland, New Guinea, Samarai, Solomons.

Williams discusses the Salmon Report; flying around Australia; Imperial Defence College, London; German and Italian pilots in the 1930s; training arrangements with the RAF; accident rate; Ellington Report; coastal command; RAAF squadrons sent to Britain in World War II; dominion personnel in the RAF; RAAF in the Middle East in World War II; Japanese raid on Darwin ; Jones' selection as Chief of Staff; Canadian agreements with the RAF; RAAF identity within the RAF; civil aviation conference; San Francisco conference; decorations; Boomerang Club; deferred pay; Trans Australia Airlines; Qantas; safety; British aircraft industry; Australian defence policies; F111; Tang Report.

Biography/History

Sir Richard Williams, was Chief of Air Staff, R.A.A.F., 1921-38; Air Officer commanding overseas R.A.A.F. headquarters, London, 1941-1942; R.A.A.F. representative Washington 1942-46; and Director-General, Civil Aviation 1946-55.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Melbourne, between 12 Nov. 1973 and 20 June 1974.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214887741

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (23 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 366 leaves) 
Subjects Williams, Richard, Sir, 1890-1980 -- Interviews.  |  Retired military personnel -- Australia -- Interviews  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/50 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/50 (summary)
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