DAP Beaufort A9-141

No 1 Squadron RAAF

1 Squadron RAAF - History

The first complete Unit of the Australian Flying Corps

Number 1 Squadron was the precursor to the Royal Australian Air Force. It was formed in Point Cook, Victoria, in January 1916. During the First World War, this Squadron was the home of many pioneers of Australian aviation - including Lieutenant Wackett, who was a founding member of the Australian Aircraft Industry. Shortly after the commencement of World War II, 1 Squadron moved to Malaya and whilst inflicting significant losses on the Japanese, the Squadron's own losses mounted.The Squadron was reformed in 1943, and moved to the Northern Territory - from where the Beaufort was used to attack the Japanese forces.

The Squadron was re-equipped with the De Havilland Mosquito in January 1945 - subsequently moving to Labuan, Borneo, and operating there until after the war ended.

DAP Beaufort Bases

1 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
  • Place
  • Menangle, New South Wales
  • Gould, Northern Territory
  • Kingaroy, Queensland (to 27 June 1945)
  • Arrival Date
  • Unknown
  • 28 February 1944
  • January 1945

DAP Beaufort Aircraft

1 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
Serial Number Squadron Code Picture/Description - Location/Reference Source - Date/Source
  • A9-375
  • A9-378
  • A9-392
  • A9-483
  • A9-496
  • A9-519
  • A9-540
  • A9-564
  • A9-568
  • A9-570
  • NA-?
  • NA-E
  • NA-?
  • NA-0
  • NA-?
  • NA-?
  • NA-?
  • NA-?
  • NA-?
  • NA-?
  • Served with 1 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 13 Sqn and 82 Wing. Placed into storage 19/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
  • Served with 1 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 13 Sqn and 92 Sqn. Placed into storage 24/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
  • Served with 1 qn, and 1 Sqn. Crashed into mangroves 19/06/44 near Millingimbi NT. Pilot; Falconer. Converted to components 07/44.
  • Pictured in flight - Own Photograph
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