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The Royal Australian Air Force & Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description

With a total of 582 British-built and Australian-built aircraft accepted by the RAAF, the Beaufighter was one of the most important types of aircraft operated by that Service. Illustrated here is A19-120, LY-H, a Beaufighter VIC from No. 30 Squadron seen flying over Goodenough Island in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A2-18, the eighteenth Supermarine Seagull V ordered by the Australian Government, photographed in Sydney Harbor in 1940.
(Australian War Memorial).

Hawker Demon I from No. 25 Squadron in 1940. At that time the aircraft from this Squadron were identified by the letter "V" painted on the sides of their fuselage.
(via Frank Smith).

A Supermarine Walrus, X9514, diverted from RAF contracts and operated by No. 9 Squadron.
(Australian War Memorial).

The first production CA-6 Wackett Trainer at the Fishermen's Bend factory of Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd in March 1941.
(Australian War Memorial).

Supplementing the Tiger Moths in the primary training role, 200 CA-6 Wackett Trainers were built for the RAAF between March 1941 and April 1942.
(Australian War Memorial).

A3-200, the last CA-6 Wackett Trainer, in full camouflage with yellow under surfaces and yellow training bands around the fuselage and above the wings.
(Australian War Memorial).

Avro Anson I, A4-19. Forty-eight aircraft of this type were ordered by the RAAF for general reconnaissance and bombing duties.
(Australian War Memorial).

A trio of Anson I's in flight over Australia prior to Japan's entry into the war.
(Australian War Memorial).

Anson I diverted from RAF contracts and retaining its British serial number, R3337. This No. 13 Squadron's aircraft is seen in flight over Cootamundra, N.S.W., in 1940.
(via Frank Smith).

Photographed at Laverton, Victoria, in 1944 this Anson I was operated by No. 1 A.P.U. (Aircraft Performance Unit).
(via Frank Smith).

N4960, an ex-RAF Anson I, operated by No. 5 S.F.T.S. (Service Flying Training School) after a forced landing at Uranquinty, N.S.W., in 1945.
(RAAF Official).

Line-up of Anson I's operated in 1945 for reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrol from Laverton, Victoria, by No. 67 Squadron.
(via Frank Smith).

Preceding into RAAF service the Australian-built Beaufighters, 218 British-built Beaufighters were operated by that Service. LY-D, A19-34, was a Beaufighter 1С belonging to No. 30 Squadron and was photographed at Laverton, Victoria, in 1944.
(via Frank Smith}.

A formation of Fairey-built Beaufighter IC's of No. 31 Squadron in flight over Australia, 1942.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufighter 1C, A19-15, from No. 30 Squadron being serviced at Wards Strip, Papua, in 1943.
(via Frank Smith).

The same aircraft, A19-15, in flight over New Guinea in early 1943.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufighter and crews from No. 31 Squadron at Coomalie Creek, N.T., in 1943.
(via Frank Smith)


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