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REGISTERED BY AUSTRALIA POST PUBLICATION No PP100016240 AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO ASSOCIATION INC. LIFE PATRON: PATRON: PRESIDENT: VICE PRESIDENT: SECRETARY: TREASURER: ACA VICTORIA PRESIDENT: ACA VICTORIA SECRETARY: ACA NSW PRESIDENT: NATIONAL OFFICE BEARERS Gen Sir Phillip Bennett AC KBE DSO MajGen Tim McOwan AO DSC CSM MajGen Mike Clifford AM CSC Col Brett Chaloner Maj Steve Pilmore OAM RFD (Ret’d) Maj Bruce O’Connor OAM (Ret’d) Doug Knight Glenn MacDonald Barry Grant ACA NSW Ted Hartley - 0408 647 237 SECRETARY: ted.hartley1948@hotmail.com ACA QLD PRESIDENT: Nick Hill ACA QLD SECRETARY: Tony Mills ACA WA PRESIDENT: Alan Joyce - 0447 433 934 ACA WA Paul Shearer - 0400 522 059 SECRETARY: shearerp56@gmail.com PUBLIC OFFICER: EDITORS: Brian Liddy Barry Grant Barbara Pittaway CONTENTS NSW President & Editor’s Report .....................3 News from National Vice President ..................5 From the Prolific Pen of Harry Bell....................7 NSW Welfare Officer’s Report ........................11 Vale ..................................................................13 NSW Events Calendar .....................................17 WO Ray Simpson VC DCM .............................21 John Kinsela, OAM..........................................25 The Australian SAS - The Untold History........27 MV Krait Progress Report ...............................31 Always Dive Truk Lagoon................................36 HALO Parachuting in Australia The Early Days ...........................................39 Aust Cdo Assn NSW “Q” Store......................49 Aust Cdo Assn TAS .........................................54 Aust Cdo Assn VIC..........................................55 Aust Cdo Assn QLD ........................................57 Aust Cdo Assn WA..........................................58 Membership Application/Renewal..................59 Deadline for next edition: TUESDAY, 29 TH AUGUST 2017 All news on members and interesting articles accepted. (Subject to editors’ approval.) Barry G The Australian Commando Association’s membership consists of Servicemen who have served with Independent Companies, Commando Squadrons, "M" and "Z" Special units and Special Forces during and since the Second World War. DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed within this publication are those of the authors, and are not necessarily those of the Editor, Publisher, Committee Members or Members of our Association. We welcome any input as long as it is not offensive or abusive but if any member has a problem with a printed article we would like to be informed in order that the author may be contacted. We do encourage your opinion. SGT Peter Cafe SGT 2 CDO REGT. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO ASSN INC. Registered by Australia Post ~ Publication No PP100016240 Edition 10 ~ June 2017 Official Publishers: Statewide Publishing P/L ABN 65 116 985 187 PO BOX 682, SURFERS PARADISE QLD 4217 PHONE: 0432 042 060 EMAIL: statepub@bigpond.net.au Printed by Ligare Pty Ltd 138 Bonds Road, Riverwood NSW 2210 Front Cover: Sergeant Peter Cafe, 2nd Commando Regiment died in service 6th February 2017. RIP. COMMANDO NEWS ~ Edition 10 I June 2017 1

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