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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 81 Fighter Wing, Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) during World War Two.

The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

Formed in April 1944, No. 81 Wing comprised three flying units, Nos, 76, 77 and 82 Squadrons, operating P-40 Kittyhawk fighters in the South West Pacific theatre of World War Two. Following the end of hostilities, the wing converted to P-51 Mustangs and was based in Japan as part of the Allied occupational forces; it disbanded there in November 1948.



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280651
Long: 149.148242
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:12-April-1944
Actual Event End Date:01-November-1948


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 1st April, 2000
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81 Fighter Wing

Formed at Ballarat, Victoria, on 12 April, 1944
Disbanded at Iwakuni, Japan, on 1 November, 1948

To commemorate all who served in 81 Fighter Wing, in particular the ground staff, whose untiring efforts in servicing and maintaining our aircraft, often  under difficult conditions, in the South West Pacific Area and Borneo and as the R.A.A.F. component of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces during the occupation of Japan, will always be remembered.

Lest We Forget



Source: MA
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