5 Squadron Centenary of Formation Reunion, 2017 ....

he 5 Squadron Reunion Committee is excited to announce the venues and timetable for the 2017 'Centenary of Formation Reunion'. As noted in earlier posts, there is a maximum number allowable at the Friday night event which is 750 persons so RSVP's will be accepted on a first-in basis. Those unfortunate to miss out will be placed on a standby list.

Please note that to register to attend the reunion, one must have served with 5 Squadron, one of its associated detachments or worked in direct support with the squadron.

All enquiries to Dutchy Holland:

Email: mholland@electriciansplus.com.au
Phone: 07 5522 2255

Invitations will be emailed to registered participants. Those not registered should email Dutchy with the following details:

Partner's name.
Mobile number (SMS alerts will be sent during the reunion).
Email address (Invitation will be sent to this address).
Home address.
Category/Mustering while at 5 Squadron.
Dates served at 5 Squadron. Please use month/year to month/year format, ie., Jun 1978 to Jan 1982.


Friday 20th October 2017
1400 Onward. Book into accommodation. Accommodation is at own cost. The 5 Squadron Reunion Committee has negotiated a range of discounted accommodation to suit most budgets. The details TBA and will also be posted on the 5 Squadron website shortly. Find your own way from the airport to the hotel.

1600. Buses depart 5 Squadron-arranged accommodation for the Australian War Memorial (AWM).1655. Last Post Ceremony. The AWM has advised that the ceremony is a public event and as such, reserved space is not available. It is assured physically challenged members will be catered for. 5 Squadron will be laying a wreath at the Pool of Remembrance as part of the ceremony.

1710. After hours tour of the AWM featuring some classic aircraft that attendees may have worked on. Name tags, as supplied with your merchandise pack, must be worn to allow museum staff to identify you at the AWM access point.

1830. Welcome Reception in the iconic ANZAC Hall. Catch-up with long lost friends under the wings of the great G for George Lancaster bomber. Canapés both hot and cold will be served and beer, wine and soft drinks supplied.

2100 Onward.
A shuttle bus will run between the AWM and 5 Squadron arranged accommodation to take home those overwhelmed with the magnitude of the event....

AWM function concludes buses return to accommodation.

Saturday 21st October 2017

Free day. Meet with old friends for lunch or check-out the Canberra sights.

1630. Buses depart for Fairbairn (which is no longer a RAAF Base). Wander around the establishment and see how many of the original buildings you recognize. There are still quite a few of them.

Semi-formal dinner on the 5 Squadron hanger floor. Dress rules will apply. Check-out the memorabilia that the committee has been able to find and display. Enjoy the evening with old friends and let your memory take you back to the beautiful Canberra winters and the -35 degree wind chill factor on the flight line. A number of memorabilia items will be auctioned. There will also be a number of very interesting speakers. Dress warmly for this event.The committee appreciates and would like to acknowledge the assistance provided in this endeavour by the Office of the Chief of Air Force and WGCDR Gus Porter and his team at 34 Squadron.

2100 Onward. A shuttle bus will run between Fairbairn and 5 Squadron-arranged accommodation to return home those overwhelmed for the second time in two days...

2230. Fairbairn function concludes buses return to 5 Squadron-arranged accommodation.

Sunday 22nd October 20171100 Onward. Buses will run a shuttle service to and from Canberra Airport to visit Canberra Helicopters. Check-out its Squirrels. We are hoping to have a H model Iroquois visit from Wagga Wagga so that attendees may have some hands-on reminiscing. Canberra Helicopters will be running joy flights (at your cost) over Canberra during the day. Sausage sizzle and cold drinks will be available for lunch. Joy flight places are limited so arrange your spot early.

1800. Busses to venue TBA (most likely a club) for casual farewell dinner at your expense.

Buses to accommodation.

Pre-Ordered Merchandise. Pre-ordered merchandise will be available from reception. Those not staying in 5 Squadron-arranged accommodation must collect their merchandise on Friday 20th from (TBA).

PLEASE NOTE: Name tags will be provided as part of the merchandise pack and will be required for ID purposes at the Friday night function at the War Memorial. Merchandise will not be available for pickup from the evening venues. Please contact Dutchy if unable to collect merchandise on Friday 20th October.