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Women`s Auxiliary Australian Air Force : 24-October-2011
Women`s Auxiliary Australian Air Force : 24-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Tree commemorates the formation of the Womens Auxiliary Australian Air Force in 1941.

The Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) was formed in March 1941 after considerable lobbying by women keen to serve and by the Chief of the Air Staff who wanted to release male personnel serving in Australia for service overseas. The WAAAF was the largest of the Second World War women's services. It was disbanded in December 1947.

A new Australian women's air force was formed in July 1950 and in November became the Women's Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF). The WRAAF was disbanded in the early 1980s and female personnel were absorbed into the mainstream RAAF.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830278
Long: 144.973333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1941

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 18th March, 1991
Front Inscription

THIS ENGLISH ELM
WAS DEDICATED ON
MARCH 18TH 1991
TO COMMEMORATE THE FORMATION OF THE
WOMEN`S AUXILIARY AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
IN W.W.2 1941

Source: MA,SKP
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