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12-January-2016
12-January-2016

Plaque commemorates those who served No. 80 Wing First Tactical Air Force Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) between 1944 and 1945. 

No. 10 Group, of which No. 80 Squadron was still part, was redesignated the First Tactical Air Force on 25 October 1944. On 15 January 1945, four of No. 80 Squadron's pilots were ferrying Kittyhawks from Noemfoor to Morotai when they missed their destination and had to land on the Japanese-held Talaud Islands, where they were captured and executed.

The unit completed its move to Morotai on 21 January, where it continued to operate over the Maluku Islands. The shortage of worthwhile targets in this area caused morale to decline in No. 80 Squadron and other RAAF units in the area from the end of 1944. No. 80 Squadron was taken off operational status on 11 April 1945 to prepare for the Borneo Campaign.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.281261
Long: 149.147594
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:25 -October-1944
Actual Event End Date:11-April-1945
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2013
Front Inscription
               No.80 WING
FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF
              1944 - 1945
DARWIN, MOMOTE, MOROTAI, TARAKAN,
     LABUAN, SEPINGGANG

In Memory Of All Who Served In The Squadrons
And Supporting Units, And Those Who Perished
          LEST WE FORGET
Source: DVA, MA
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