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The plaque commemorates 50th Anniversary of the formation of 80 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.)

No. 80 Squadron was formed at Townsville, Queensland on 10 September 1943 and was equipped with P-40 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft, under the command of the then temporary Squadron Leader Glen Cooper. It moved to Aitkenvale on 9 October and commenced flight training and moved to New Guinea in early 1944.  

The Squadron saw action in various parts of New Guinea and adjacent islands and late in the war in the Dutch East Indies, participating in the Battle of Balikpapan in July 1945. The squadron returned to Australia in December 1945 and was was disbanded July 1946. 

R.A.A.F. Kittyhawks played a crucial role in the South West Pacific theatre. They fought on the front line as fighters during the critical early years of the Pacific War, and the durability and bomb-carrying abilities (1,000 lb/454 kg) of the P-40 also made it ideal for the ground attack role.


Address:The Strand, ANZAC Park, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.255
Long: 146.8225
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:10-September-1943
Actual Event End Date:10-September-1993


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 10th September, 1993
Front Inscription

10th September 1993

50th anniversary

Formation of 80 Squadron RAAF Kittyhawks


Source: MA
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