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The monument commemorates those who served with the 86 Kittyhawk Fighter Squadron at Gawler Strip during World War Two.

Initially equipped with Kittyhawk fighters, No 86 Squadron formed at Gawler, South Australia in March 1943. After staging through Townsville the Squadron deployed to Dutch New Guinea in July. On 9 September 1943, the Unit fought its only major combat of the War when fourteen Kittyhawks engaged 36 enemy fighters and bombers as they raided the Marauke airfield. During this attack many of the Kittyhawks suffered from gun malfunctions, however, three enemy fighters were shot down.

For the remainder of the war the Squadron flew regular fighter sweeps and ground attack missions - which were generally uneventful in nature. Further air combat opportunities occurred in the first weeks of 1944 when No 86 Squadron Kittyhawks shot down three enemy aircraft near Cape Valsch. In May 1944, the Squadron was transferred to Bohle River where in June 1945 it began to re-equip with Mustangs. Four months after the cessation of hostilities, No 86 Squadron was disbanded.


Address:Gawler Airfield Entrance Road, Entrance to Gawler Airstrip, Gawler, 5118
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.599705
Long: 138.722936
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1943
Approx. Event End Date:1943


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 20th March, 2001
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Erected by  86 Kittyhawk Fighter Squadron RAAF

To honour our members who served at Gawler Strip during World War II in 1943 prior to active service in Dutch New Guinea

Lest We Forget

Plaque :

This plaque was unveiled by Mr. K. D. Fisher
State President Royal Australian Air Force Association
20 March 2001

Plaque :

In loving memory
F. O. Ivor Clarence Hatcher

Kittyhawk fighter Pilot 

Missing in action between Merauke and Horn Island

11th September 1943 Aged 20 years

Flying forever

Source: MA,RVWM
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