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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 32, and 100 Squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and associated support units during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

The first Beaufort unit formed in Australia, on 25 February 1942 was No. 100 Squadron RAAF, so named because it was formed partly from members of its RAF counterpart. In the light of the problems encountered by the first Beauforts based at Singapore, the unit was carefully trained and slowly brought up to operational status. Its first operational sorties were carried out on 25 June when a Japanese ship heading towards Lae, New Guinea was attacked by five Beauforts operating from Port Moresby, which resulted in three Beauforts hitting the ship with bombs, with one Beaufort being damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Out of two Beauforts that carried out a diversionary attack on Lae, one failed to return. The Beaufort served with 19 RAAF squadrons and played an important role in the South West Pacific Area, as a martime patrol/strike aircraft and bomber. 

Note: This plaque was dedicated on 1 June 2002 at a ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial. Note that the dedication ceremony for this plaque was rescheduled, and as such differs from the date as inscribed on the plaque.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, 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:Saturday 1st June, 2002
Front Inscription

RAAF BEAUFORT UNITS

This plaque commemorates those who served in the
RAAF Beaufort Operation Squadrons 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 13,
14, 15, 32, 100 and in the associated communications,
training and support roles during the Second World War . 

The Australian-made Beaufort was the main
strike bomber for the RAAF in the Pacific area.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Dedicated by members of the
RAAF Beaufort Squadrons Association
24 April 2001

 

Source: MA
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