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Corporate entry Directorate of Meteorological Services (D.Met.S.) (1941 - 1946)

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

April 1941
July 1946
Meteorology and Advisory or regulatory body


The Royal Australian Air Force's Directorate of Meteorological Services (commonly referred to as D.Met.S.) operated during the Second World War. By direction of the War Cabinet, the Meteorological Branch/Bureau passed to the control of the Department of Air in July 1940 with the designated task of providing all meteorological services required by the armed services, while at the same time continuing to meet civil requirements. The formal transfer was completed by April 1941. The D.Met.S. was partly staffed by enlisted personnel and partly by permanent and temporary civilian staff. Many members of the Meteorological Branch/Bureau joined the RAAF and worked in the D.Met.S. One of the tasks carried out was preparing short-range forecasts for air operations.

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  • Bureau of Meteorology, Australia's Role in International Meteorology - IMO-WMO Centenary 1973-1973 (Melbourne: Bureau of Meteorology, 1973). Details
  • Cornish, A.; Stout, R.; Swan, K.; Glendinning, C., Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1929-1946: History of Major Meteorological Installations in Australia From 1945-1981: Four Years in the RAAF Meteorological Service: the Bureau of Meteorology in Papua and New Guinea in the 1950s, Metarch Papers No. 8 (Bureau of Meteorology, 1996). Details
  • Gibbs, W. J., A Glimpse of the RAAF Meteorological Service, Metarch Papers No. 7 (Bureau of Meteorology, 1995). Details
  • Gibbs, W. J., A mini-history of meteorology in Australia (Melbourne: Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 1996). Details
  • Haldane, T., War History of the Australian Meteorological Service in the Royal Australian Air Force April 1941 to July 1946, Metarch Papers No. 10 (Bureau of Meteorology, 1997). Details
  • Hannay, K., Some Recollections of Service in the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology and RAAF Meteorological Service: Mascot and Rose Bay (1938 to 1940): Sojourn in the Far East (1942), Metarch Papers No. 6 (Bureau of Meteorology, 1994). Details
  • Joyce, John, The Story of the RAAF Meteorological Service (Melbourne: Bureau of Meteorology, 1993), 119 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gibbs, W. J., 'A mini-history of meteorology in Australia' in Windows on Meteorology: Australian Perspective, Webb, Eric K., ed. (Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 1997), pp. 81-104. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bond, H. G., 'A Tradition of Meteorology', Weather News, 127 (February 1967) (1967), 1. Details
  • Cameron, A. M., 'Australian Meteorology', Sydney University Magazine, 1 (1878). Details
  • Gentilli, J., 'A History of Meteorological and Climatological Studies in Australia', University Studies in History, 5 (1967), 54-88. Details
  • Gibbs, W. J., 'A Perspective of Australian Meteorology - 1939-1978', Australian Meteorological Magazine, 30 (1982), 3-17. Details
  • Morgan, Helen, 'Bill Gibbs and the Origins of Australian Meteorology', Australasian Science, 22 (6) (2001), 46. Details
  • Todd, C., 'A Review of Meteorological Work in Australia', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, v (1893), 246-270. Details


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A. Smith & H. Morgan