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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 78 Squadron, RAAF during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

No. 78 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter squadron of World War Two. It was formed in July 1943 as part of expansion of the RAAF's fighter force, and was assigned to mobile striking forces for the duration of the war.

After completing training, No. 78 Squadron was deployed to the combat zone north of Australia in October 1943. From November that year until September 1944 the squadron supported the advance of the Allied ground forces through western New Britain and the north coast of New Guinea by attacking Japanese positions, providing fighter protection for recently established beachheads, and escorting Australian and United States bombers. From late 1944 until mid-1945 it operated against Japanese positions and shipping in the eastern Netherlands East Indies. The squadron took part in the Borneo campiagn during the final weeks of the war. No. 78 Squadron was reduced to a cadre after it returned to Australia in December 1945, but received new aircraft in 1946 and undertook training exercises until being disbanded in April 1948.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280369
Long: 149.147739
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 1st August, 2003
Front Inscription

78 SQUADRON
RAAF
Royal Australian
Air Force 

United States
Distinguished
Unit Citation 

South-West Pacific Area  
Kiriwina Island  Nadzab  Cape Gloucester  Tadji, Aitape Hollandia Noemfoor  Morotai  Tarakan
For All Who Served

 

 

 

Source: MA
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