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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 86 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. 86 Squadron was formed in March 1943 and was deployed to Merauke in Dutch New Guinea in July that year. While No. 86 Squadron was stationed at Merauke until April 1944, it saw little combat. After being transferred back to Australia its aircraft and personnel were transferred to other units, and only a nucleus of the Squadron remained. While it was re-equipped with new aircraft in June 1945, the war ended before the Squadron was ready for combat and it was disbanded in December 1945.

Note: This plaque was dedicated on 1 May 2001 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.



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280191
Long: 149.147884
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:March-1943
Approx. Event End Date:December-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 1st May, 2001
Front Inscription

86 Squadron RAAF

To commemorate those who served in 86 Squadron RAAF  

South-West Pacific Area 1943 - 1945

We will remember them

Dedicated 14 April 2000


Source: MA
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