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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans / Russell Byers

The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 451 Squadron 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. 

No. 451 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force army cooperation and fighter squadron of World War Two. It was formed at Bankstown, New South Wales, on 12 February 1941 and began flying operations on 1 July as part of the North African ampaign in Egypt and Libya. No. 451 Squadron was withdrawn for refitting in early January 1942 and spent the remainder of the year performing garrison duties in Syria. In January 1943, it was transferred to Egypt to contribute to local air defence but saw almost no combat. This inactivity caused morale among the squadron's personnel to greatly deteriorate.

The squadron returned to combat in April 1944 when, operating from bases in  Corsica, it took part in the Italian Campaign and Allied invasion of Southern France ntil September. No. 451 Squadron moved to Italy between September and October 1944, but was transferred to the United Kingdom in November. From January to April 1945, it took part in the liberation of Europe by escorting Allied bomber units and conducting air strikes against German V-2 rocket sites and transportation targets. Following the war, the squadron was deployed to Germany from September 1945 as part of the Allied occupation forces, but was disbanded on 21 January 1946 when the Australian Government dropped plans for a permanent Australian contribution to the occupation of Germany due to a shortage of volunteers for this duty.

Note: This plaque was dedicated on 1 November 2002 at a ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial. Note that the dedication ceremony for this plaque was rescheduled, and as such differs from the date as inscribed on the plaque.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280169
Long: 149.147612
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 1st November, 2002
Front Inscription

451 SQUADRON RAAF
HURRICANES AND SPITFIRES
Served In Egypt  Libya  Palestine  Syria  
Lebanon  Cyprus  Corsica  France   Italy  
England  Belgium  Holland  and Germany
Formed Bankstown NSW February 1941  
Disbanded Wunstorf Germany January 1946
   To Commemorate All Those 
       Who Served And Died  
           Lest We Forget
                                           Dedicated 2000

 

Source: MA
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