DAP Beaufort A9-141

15 Squadron

15 Squadron RAAF - History

No. 15 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) light bomber and maritime patrol squadron of World War II. The squadron was formed in January 1944 and initially flew anti-submarine patrols off the east coast of Australia. From September that year elements of the squadron took part in the New Guinea Campaign, and the main body of the squadron moved to New Guinea in March 1945. Its duties in New Guinea included anti-submarine and anti-barge patrols as well as attacking Japanese positions. No. 15 Squadron was demobilised after the end of the war, and was formally disbanded in March 1946.

No. 15 Squadron was formed at Camden, New South Wales, on 27 January 1944. 15 squadron was issued with 19 Bristol Beaufort light bombers and 380 air and ground crew, and had the roles of conducting anti-submarine patrols off the full length of the Australian east coast as well as supporting Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy operations and conducting photo reconnaissance.

DAP Beaufort Bases

15 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
  • Place
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Detachments At:
  • Mallacoota, Victoria
  • Menangle, New South Wales
  • Detachments At:
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Detachments At:
  • Amberley, Queensland
  • Madang, Papua New Guinea
  • Middleberg Island, West Irian
  • Detachments At:
  • Cairns, Queensland
  • Townsville, Queensland
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Tadji, Papua New Guinea
  • Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
  • Arrival Date
  • Unknown
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  • 20 February 1944
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  • 10 May 1944
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  • 10 May 1944 - 4 March 1945
  • 4 March 1945
  • 15 March 1945
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  • 15 March 1945
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  • 16 October 1945

DAP Beaufort Aircraft

15 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
Serial Number Squadron Code Pilot / Navigator / Wireless-Air Gunner
  • A9-500
  • A9-505
  • A9-506
  • A9-507
  • A9-510
  • A9-514
  • A9-516
  • A9-518
  • A9-522
  • A9-524
  • A9-530
  • A9-532
  • A9-534
  • A9-536
  • A9-538
  • A9-548
  • A9-550
  • A9-556
  • A9-558
  • A9-566
  • A9-628
  • A9-632
  • A9-636
  • A9-692
  • DD-W
  • DD-?
  • DD-G
  • DD-?
  • DD-S
  • DD-?
  • DD-H
  • DD-?
  • DD-?
  • DD-T
  • Warr. Off. Wishart
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  • Warr. Off. Gilchrist
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  • Warr. Off. Gilchrist
  • Warr. Off. Holcombe
  • Flt. Off. Woodward
  • Warr. Off. Parker
  • Warr. Off. Jenner
  • Flt. Off. Nee
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