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New Officer Appointed To Lead R.A.A.F. In W.A. MELBOURNE, Friday.--Group-Ccapt. Williamn Lloyd Hely, A.F.C., a 42-year old "North-West air pioneer," has been appointed officer commanding Western Area of the Royal Australian Air Force. The appointment was one of a number announced today by the Minister for Air (Mr. McMahon).
Group-Capt. Hely, who ex pects to leave for Perth by air in a fortnight, has been Deputy Air Member for Personnel. R.A.A.F. headquarters, Mel bourne since January 1950. Last April he was appointed an aide-de-camp to the King. In 1938 he was awarded the Air Force Cross for his work in three rescues in the North ern Territory. Group-Capt. Hely said tonight that one of the most pleasing features of his new appoint ment was that he would be resuming direct contact with the new G.O.C. Western Com mand (Major-Gen. A. R. Gar rett). In 1944 they worked together for Army-air opera tions at Bougainville.. It was as a flight-lieutenant in 1936-37 that he will be re membered by many West Aus tralians. Based at Port Hed land, he carried out extensive aerial geographical and geo physical surveys of the whole of the Kimberleys. Other changes of appoint ments are: Group-Capt. W. H. Garing, commandant of the school of land-air warfare, to be commanding officer RA.A.F. station Amberley, Queensland. Group-Capt. I. D. McLachlan. Air Commodore operations R.A.A.F. headquarters, to be Officer Commanding North Eastern Area, Townsville.
GBOUP-CAPT. W. L HELY.
Group-Capt. A. G. Carr, com manding North-Eastern Area, to be commanding officer No. 91 Wing (Japan). Group-Capt. A. D. Charlton, commanding officer No. 91 Wing to be Air Commodore operations. Group-Capt. C. T. Hannah, commanding R.A.A.F. station Amberley, to be Director of Personal Services, R.A.A.F. headquarters. Wing-Commander I. S. Pod ger, Director of Personal Ser vices R.A.A.P. headquarters, to be gtoup training officer at Point Cook, Victoria.