RAAF units in Papua and New Guinea (Overview text)
Module name: Units (Australian perspective)
This page was contributed by Dr John Moremon (Australian War Memorial)

4 (Army Co-operation) Squadron
[redesignated Tactical Reconnaissance in 1943]
11/42 to 03/45Wirraway,
Piper Cub
Port Moresby, Lae; detachments Buna, Milne Bay, Wau, Tsili Tsili, Nadzab, Cape Gloucester, Finschhafen, Madang
5 (Tactical Reconnaissance) Squadron11/44 to 02/46Boomerang,
Bougainville; detachments Tadji and Jacquinot Bay
6 (General Reconnaissance/Bomber) Squadron08/42 to 10/45Hudson,
Milne Bay, Port Moresby, Goodenough Island, Horanda
7 (Bomber) Squadron10/44 to 12/45BeaufortTadji
8 (Bomber) Squadron08/43 to 02/46BeaufortGoodenough Island, Nadzab, Tadji
11 (Flying Boat) Squadron09/39 to 05/42CatalinaPort Moresby
15 (Bomber) Squadron03/to 10/45BeaufortMiddleburg Island
20 (Flying Boat) Squadron08/41 to 05/42EmpirePort Moresby
22 (Bomber) Squadron09/42 to 08/44BostonPort Moresby, Goodenough Island, Kiriwina Island
23 (Dive Bomber) Squadron12/43 to 03/44VengeanceNadzab
24 [i] (General Purpose) and [ii] (Dive Bomber) Squadron[i] 12/41 to 02/42; [ii] 08/43 to 03/44[i] Wirraway, Hudson; [ii] Vengeance[i] Rabaul; [ii] Dobodura, Nadzab
30 (Attack) Squadron09/42 to 08/44BeaufighterPort Moresby,
Goodenough Island, Tadji
32 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron02/to 04/42; 08/42 to 09/42HudsonPort Moresby
33 (Transport) Squadron12/42 to 03/46Anson, DakotaPort Moresby, Milne Bay, Lae
36 (Transport) Squadron06/43 to late 43DakotaBased in Australia, detachments in New Guinea
40 (Transport) Squadron07/44 to 03/46SunderlandPort Moresby
41 (Transport) Squadron43 to 45MarinerBased in Australia, with regular flights to New Guinea
75 (Fighter) Squadron03/42 to 05/42; 07/42 to 08/44KittyhawkPort Moresby, Milne Bay, Goodenough Island, Nadzab, Cape Gloucester (New Britain), Aitape
76 (Fighter) Squadron07/42 to 09/42; 06/43 to ??KittyhawkMilne Bay, Goodenough Island, Kiriwina Island
77 (Fighter) Squadron11/43 to 09/44KittyhawkMilne Bay, Goodenough Island, Los Negros
78 (Fighter) Squadron11/43 to 07/44 KittyhawkKiriwina Island, Nadzab, Cape Gloucester (New Britain), Tadji
79 (Fighter) Squadron06/43 to 01/45SpitfireGoodenough Island, Kiriwina Island, Momote
80 (Fighter) Squadron02/to 05/44KittyhawkNadzab, Cape Gloucester, Tadji
82 (Fighter) Squadron08/to 09/44KittyhawkPort Moresby
100 (Bomber) Squadron09/42 to 08/46BeaufortMilne Bay, Vivigani, Nadzab, Tadji, Finschhafen
Rescue and Communication Squadron10/42 to 11/43Tiger MothPort Moresby
8 Communication Unit11/43 to 03/46Tiger Moth, Boomerang, Dornier Do 24, Vengeance, Walrus, Catalina, Beaufort, Beaufreighter, BeaufighterGoodenough Island, Madang
9 Communication Unit11/43 to 03/45Tiger Moth, Anson, Dragon, WirrawayPort Moresby – and various other forward locations
10 Communication Unit11/44 to 02/46Anson, Beaufort, Beaufreighter, DakotaTorokina
111 Air-Sea Rescue Flight12/44 to 01/47CatalinaMadang, Port Moresby
2 Air Ambulance Unit43 to 45AnsonBased in Australia, with detachments to New Guinea
12 Local Air Supply Unit04/45 to 03/46Anson, Tiger Moth, BeaufreighterTadji, Finschhafen
16 (Air Observation Post) Flight10/44 to 03/45AusterLae; detachment at Tadji
17 (Air Observation Post) Flight12/44 to 12/45AusterTorokina; detachment at Tadji
Special Transport Flight (formed by 1 Operational Training Unit)12/42 to 01/43HudsonPort Moresby

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