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John McCauley interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2257338
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
McCauley, John, Sir, 1899-1989, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1973 Sept. 18 - 1974 Dec. 3 
2 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir John discusses his training as a pilot; his RAAF experiences in Malaya, 1941; Khota Baru and Kauntan evacuations; RAAF at Singapore; Japanese bombing raids on aerodromes; failure of warning systems; evacuation of Palembang II; Java; Thai Prize; high morale of RAAF personnel; Eisenhower Plan; 2nd Tactical Air Force; Air Vice Marshall Coningham; Air Vice Marshall Groom; Air Vice Marshall Broadhurst; Air Chief Marshall Embery; Lord Tedder; experiences in Japan; British Commonwealth Occupation Force; Japanese cooperation; attitude of Japanese to Emperor Hirohito; Prefectures; Australian garrison in Japan; cooperation between all elements of the BCOF; ANZAM agreement; Butterworth airstrip; Darwin airstrip; Aircraft Mission; lack of air transport; Hercules; F104; SEATO; ANZUS; Victorian Cancer Campaign; National Heart Campaign; Good Neighbour Council; security of Intelligence during the War; Commonwealth Air Training Plan; Bomber Command; responsibility of the Air Board; RAAF relations with the Americans; British and American criticism of Australian troops; Pownall's memoirs; Palembang evacuation; Djakarta; Air Vice Marshall Maltby.

Biography/History

Sir John McCauley served in the RAAF in Malaya from 1941-42, as Chief of Air Staff from 1942-44, in the 2nd Tactical Air Force European Theatre 1944-1945 and in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan, from 1947-1949. He was also Federal President of the Air Force Association.

Notes

Recorded at the Air Force Association of Australia, Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221560127

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 68 leaves). 
Subjects McCauley, John, Sir, 1899-1989 -- Interviews.  |  Retired military personnel -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/48
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/48 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
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ORAL TRC 121/48 (summary)
Copy: Summary
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