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The plaque commemorates all who served at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Fairbairn from 1939 to 2003.


Address:Federal Highway, R.A.A.F. Memorial Grove, Majura, 2609
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.211571
Long: 149.190164
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1939
Approx. Event End Date:2003


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 12th December, 2001
Front Inscription

Plaque :

RAAF Base Fairbairn originally established as RAAF Station Canberra.
1st April 1940

Proud of a dedicated and longstanding service to Australia and her people, and part of the community on Canberra, the Bation`s capital commemorates all who served

Presented  on 12 December 2001           
RAAF Base Fairbairn Disbanded Dec 2002

Plaque :

Royal Australian Air Force Station Canberra
Royal Australian Air Force Base Fairbairn

1939 - 2003

After the RAAF`s first operational deployment of 3 Squadron to Canberra in March 1927 the Government, confronted with the threat of WW2, approved establishment of RAAF Station Canberra, commissioned in April 1940 with 8 Squadron as the first operational unit. 

Previously formed in September 1939 8 Squadron was later equipped with Lockheed Hudson bomber aircraft and deployed to Sembawang - Singapore.

In early 1940 the station was responsible for anti-submarine patrols along the NSW South Coast, Army co-operational operation flying and technical training.  No 2 Technical Training School was established on the Canberra Technical College - Kingston.

Throughout the Second World War co-operational flying, air ambulance and mobile radar units were raised at Canberra and deployed into the Pacific area or operations in defence of Australia.

During 1942 - 1943 RAAF Station Canberra was operational home for three Netherland East Indies Air Force Squadrons before they were redeployed to the Pacific war against Japan.

In Post War years, with a name change to RAAF Fairbairn in March 1962 until formally closed to make way for the development of the Canberra International Airport, the base has been "home" to 86 Transport Wing, Governor General's Flight, 34 Squadron, Special Survey Flight, 30 Squadron Air Power Studies Centre, RAAF Staff College, 5 and 9 Squadrons, 28 Reserved (City of Canberra) Australian Defence Force Helicopter School and 315 Squadron - Air Force Cadets

"Lest We Forget"  

Their service is our heritage

60th Anniversary Victory Pacific August 2006

Source: MA,SKP
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