Keith Meggs, DFM, AAM

Keith Meggs: A Man and his Machines

P/O K.R. Meggs

78 Wing RAAF, Malta, 1952

Photographer: Sgt. Gerry Sebastian, courtesy of Keith Meggs

The Machines

de Havilland Vampire


de Havilland Vampire (A78-1)

A78-1 was one of the three Vampires sent from England for familiarisation before Australian production started


de Havilland Vampire 3view (generic)


de Havilland Vampire (A79-308)

photo courtesy Keith Meggs


de Havilland Vampire (A79-674)

Laverton RAAF Air Base, Victoria, Australia

photo courtesy Keith Meggs


de Havilland Vampire (A79-737)

Laverton RAAF Air Base, Victoria, Australia

photo courtesy Keith Meggs

The following images are initially posted no particular order with date, location and citation details tba. These are still being researched with the help of ex Mustang, Meteor, Sabre and Vampire pilot Keith Meggs, Tony Lyons and others (Ed.)


de Havilland Vampires over Malta

date, location and citation tba.


de Havilland Vampires

de Havilland Vampires of No 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF Williamtown fly in "77" formation over Newcastle N.S.W., to welcome 77 Squadron back to Australia after operational service in Korea, 1954. (Donor: R.C. (Dick) Creswell)

Australian War Memorial, P1254/162/100


de Havilland Vampire

date, location and citation tba.


de Havilland Vampire

State Library of Victoria., Library Record Number: 1151169, Accession Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Number: H98.100/4310


de Havilland Vampires

Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), State Library of Victoria., Library Record Number: 1151180, Accession Number: H98.100/4313


'Jets (de Havilland Vampires), to fly Atlantic on Goodwill Tour'

Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), State Library of Victoria, Library Record Number: 1151171, Accession Number: H98.100/4312


de Havilland Vampire

also available as a 1000 pixel image

Further reading

The History of Hawker de Havilland

Vampires and Sea Venoms in Australia

Project Vampire

Donselar, Annette, (Ed.), compiled by Wayne Brown, Andrew Cork, Colin Faggo Swift To Destroy - An illustrated History of 77 Squadron RAAF, 1942 - 1986 ; Norman Morris Printers ; Newcastle, Australia, 1986


Pentland Geoffrey, Malone Peter : Aircraft of the RAAF 1921-71 - Jubilee Issue ; Melbourne: Kookaburra Technical Publications, 1971

Stephens, Alan. Going Solo: The Royal Australian Air Force 1946-1971. Canberra: AGPG Press, 1995

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