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17-March-2015
17-March-2015
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Plaque commemorates No 34 Squadron's service to the nation since its formation in Darwin in February 1942.

Formed as a transport squadron in February 1942, No 34 Squadron was composed of an assortment of aircraft including Dragons, Ansons and Tiger Moths. Operating from remote Northern Territory airfields.  After Japan's surrender, No 34 Squadron evacuated Australian POWs from Singapore and commenced courier flights to Japan in support of the Allied occupation of that country.

No 34 Squadron was reformed in March 1948 as a VIP transport and reconnaissance Unit, principally support of the various activities undertaken at the Woomera rocket range in South Australia.

A new phase began for No 34 Squadron in July 1959 when it was tasked with providing VIP transport for Australia's leading citizens and visiting dignitaries.

Location

Address:Federal Highway, RAAF Memorial Grove, Majura, 2609
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.211571
Long: 149.190164
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2012
Front Inscription
                     NO.34 SQUADRON
            ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

Formed 23rd February 1942
Parap Airfield NT  Batchelor Airfield NT  Hughes Airfield NT  Manbulloo Airfield NT  Parafield Airfield SA  Pacific  New Guinea  Morotai  Borneo  Japan
RAAF Richmond NSW  Mallala Airfield SA 

                                SQUADRON 
                         34                          34
                         ROYAL AUSTRALIAN
                                AIR FORCE 
                               EO ET REDEO 

Post WW11 the unit was established as a dedicated VIP Squadron, at RAAF Base Fairbairn, in July 1959. 
The unit has since transported members of the Royal Family, Foreign Dignitaries, Heads of State, Governors` General of Australia and politicians for the Australian Government, providing exceptional air transportation services of the highest standard, with safety and efficiency.  
Source: DVA , MA
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