13 Squadron RAAF - History
Number 13 Squadron was formed in Darwin, Northen Territory, in June 1940 - with personnel detached from Number 12 Squadron. The Unit took delivery of Lockheed Hudsons and began reconnaissance and shipping patrols. The Squadron continued to conduct operations against the Japanese until 4 April 1943 when it handed its Hudson aircraft over to No. 2 Squadron and was withdrawn to RAAF Base Fairbairn to rest and re-equip.
At Fairbairn 13 Squadron took delivery of Bristol Beaufort and Lockheed Ventura aircraft and conducted anti-submarine and shipping patrols along the Australian east coast. The Beauforts were handed over to No. 2 Squadron in August.