QLD Executives 2016

Mr Douglas Bower JP (Qualified)

Douglas Bower State President

PH: (07) 4778 4260
email: raafaqldpres@gmail.com

Dougie Bower joined the RAAF as a Fireman on the 12th January 1959 and retired with the rank of Flight Sergeant on the 17th July 1981. Doug is married to Barbara and they have three sons.

Postings within Australia
East Sale

Postings Overseas
Ubon, Thailand 1963 and 1967
Vung Tau, South Vietnam 1971 – 1972

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Thailand 1967, Vietnam)
Vietnam Medal
Australian Service Medal 1945 -75 (Thailand)
Defence Force Service Medal
National Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Return from Active Service Badge

Ex Service activities
Queensland Division RAAF Association
1990 Founding Member Townsville Branch
1992 Assembly of Delegates. Delegate
2000 Assembly of Delegates. Accommodation Coordinator,
Observer, Bus Driver, Scrutineer and Gofer.
2001 Assembly of Delegates. Delegate
2001 Branch Senior Vice President, Welfare Officer
2003 – 2014 Northern Area Vice President
2008 Awarded State Certificate of Merit
2010 Awarded Life Membership
2014 Elected State President Queensland Division
2014 Member National Council.

John Carlile

Immediate Past State President

Mr John Carlile JP (Qualified)

PH: (07) 4152 5389
email: raafaqldipp@gmail.com

John Carlile joined the RAAF as a Radio Apprentice in 1958 and retired as a FSGT Radio Technician (Ground) in February 1979.

‘Frognall’ in Victoria 1958-1961
Ballarat 1961
Laverton 1961-1962, 1963-1964, 1966-1969, 1970-1977
Butterworth 1964-1966
Point Cook 1969-1970
Support Command 1977-1979

HQOC 1961
Ubon 1962-1963
Fairbairn 1966
Williamtown 1967

In 1986, John Carlile was President of the Bundaberg Air Force Social committee with John Wilson as its Secretary. Both recognised the need for something more substantiive than the only function organised by the Social Committee, the Annual Re-union Dinner.

The Bundaberg and District Branch of the Queensland Division, RAAF Association was formed on the 18th February 1987 with John as Inaugural President and John Wilson, Branch Secretary. John Carlile remained as Branch President for fifteen years before retiring to concentrate on Division duties.

John has been involved with a number of other Ex-Service Organisations with appointments listed as shown:

Vietnam and South East Asia Veterans Association

  • President 1988

Vice President 1987-1990 Bundaberg RSL Services Club

Bundaberg RSL Sub-Branch

  • Committee and Senior Vice President 1987-1992

Bundaberg Legacy

  • President 1993

Bundaberg Branch RAAFA

  • President 1987-2001

Queensland Division RAAFA

  • Country Vice President (Central) 1989-1995 and 1990-2000
  • Senior Vice President (State) 1997-2001
  • Awarded National Certificate of Merit 1998
  • Deputy State President 2001-2003
  • State President 2003-2014
  • Awarded Life Membership 2003
  • National Councillor 2002-2014
  • Reviewing Officer Anzac Day Citizens Parade Bundaberg 2012
  • Reviewing Officer Reserve Forces Day Wondai 2012
  • Awarded National President’s Commendation 2013
  • Awarded the O’Connor Trophy 2014 (First time this trophy has been awarded to Queensland)

    Mr John Wilson OAM

    Area Vice President – Central

    PH: (07) 4159 4134
    email: raaafaqldcqvp@gmail.com

    Looks after: Bundaberg and Fraser Coast.

    John Arthur Wilson was born at Geelong, Victoria on the 12th of April 1935 and joined the RAAF as a Junior Equipment Trainee (JEAT) in January 1952 at the age of 16. John retired in March 1980 with the rank of Warrant Officer.

    Postings and attachments
    Attached: RAAF Ubon, Thailand 1964
    Posted: No 1 Air Trials Unit, Woomera 1966
    Posted: HQ RAAF Vietnam November 1968
    Posted: HQOC January 1970
    Attached: Tindal, NT June/July 1971
    Attached: Learmonth February/March 1972.
    Attached: 38 Sqn Det A Port Moresby September 1972
    Posted: No 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond April 1073
    Attached: RAAF Sabre Advisory Flight at Ishwahudi, Indonesia May 1973
    Posted: RAAF Support Unit, Tengah Singapore
    Posted: RAAF Amberley January 1977
    Attached: No 2 Sqn detachment at Biak, Indonesia August 1978
    Discharged:March 1980

    Ex Service activities
    1983-1984 President Bundaberg Vietnam & South East Asia Veterans Assn
    1983-1988 Secretary Bundaberg Vietnam & South East Asia Veterans Assn
    1985 Vice President Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch & Club
    1986 Senior Vice President Bundaberg Sub Branch & Club
    1987- 2007 President Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch
    1987- 1995 President Bundaberg RSL Club
    1987 Together with John Carlile formed the Bundaberg Branch of the RAAF Assn.
    1987- Cont Secretary Bundaberg RAAF Assn

    1987- Cont Member of Bundaberg Legacy
    1991- 2006 National Councillor RAAF Assn1992- 1994 Patron of the Bundaberg Branch Incapacitated Servicemen’s Assn
    1996- 2000 Volunteer Area Representative for the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service
    1997- 2009 Secretary Bundaberg ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee
    1998 Awarded RSL Life Membership
    1998 Awarded RAAFA National Certificate of Merit
    2000- Cont Area Vice President (Central) RAAFA
    2001- Cont President Bundaberg Disabled Veterans Assn
    2002 Awarded Centenary of Federation Medal
    2004- Cont Chairman Burnett Heads Memorial Park Committee
    2006 Awarded Life Membership RAAFA
    2006- Cont Member Burnett Heads SES
    2010 Awarded Order of Australia Medal
    2010 Deputy Parade Marshall, Bundaberg ANZAC Day parade

    Mr Kevin Coghlan

    State Treasurer

    PH: (07) 3800 1034
    email: raafaqldtreas@gmail.com

    Kevin was a former member of No 7 Flight of the New South Wales Squadron, Air Training Corps. The Flight was situated at Bankstown, NSW and Kevin served from 1964 to 1966 and attained the rank of Cadet Corporal.

    Kevin is the son of 37053 Corporal W.Coghlan RAAF who served from 1942 to 1946

    Mr Lindsay Bennett

    Deputy State President

    Mr Lindsay Bennett
    Looks after: Headquarters List.
    Chairman of the Awards Committee

    PH: (07)
    email: raafaqlddpres1@gmail.com

    Mrs Cheryl Renouf State Secretary.




    PH: (07) 5428 7305
    email: raafaqldsec@gmail.com