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14-September-2015
14-September-2015

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A monument commemorates 450 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F) which served in World War Two.

No. 450 Squadron was a unit of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during World War Two. It was the second RAAF Article XV squadron formed for service with the British military, under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. During its existence, it included personnel from several different British Commonwealth countries and/or air forces. The squadron's motto, "Harass", and its nickname, "The Desert Harassers", were derived from a comment by the Nazi propaganda broadcaster "Lord Haw Haw", who described the unit as "Australian mercenaries whose harassing tactics were easily beaten off by the Luftwaffe."

The squadron officially came into existence at RAAF Williamtown, near Newcastle, NSW, on 16 February 1941.

Location

Address:Townsend Avenue, RAAF Williamtown, Williamtown , 2318
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.799578
Long: 151.846515
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:16-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Front Inscription

No. 450 Sqn

DESERT
HARASSERS

Back Inscription

                  Dedicated
                      To 
450 SQUADRON R.A.A.F (Desert Harassers)

Formed At Williamtown & Embarked 9th April 1941 For
          The Middle East.

           Served In The
Syrian  Egyptian  Libyan  Tunisian  Sicilian & Italian 
    Campaigns  1941 - 1945

Source: MA
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