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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

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The Plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 455 Squadron during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

No. 455 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) torpedo bomber squadron during World War Two and became famous as part of the "ANZAC Strike Wing" that was formed from Australian and New Zealand squadrons. Raised in early 1941, mainly from Australian personnel, the squadron served over Europe during the war, operating from various bases in the United Kingdom; it also briefly sent a detachment to the Soviet Union in 1942. Operating Handley Page Hampdens and Bristol Beaufighters, the squadron mainly undertook anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations during the war. It was disbanded in May 1945 following the cessation of hostilities against Germany.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280169
Long: 149.147612
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:Wednesday 1st November, 2000
Front Inscription

455 SQUADRON

455 Squadron was one of the seventeen RAAF squadrons formed under the Empire Air Training Scheme.  

Its ground crew assembled at Williamtown, NSW on 23 May 1941.

In September 1941, equipped with Hampden bombers, it became the first Australian squadron in Royal Air Force Bomber Command.

Transferred to Coastal Command in April 1942, it flew anti-shipping strikes in the English Channel and deployed a detachment to Russia.

Flying rocket-firing Beaufighters in late 1943 it operated with 489 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force as the ANZAC Wing.

With 489 Squadron, 144 Squadron RAF, and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 455 Squadron formed a British Commonwealth Strike Wing in October 1944 and operated over the North Sea. 

After VE Day the Squadron was disbanded.

 

Source: MA
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