ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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Victoria Barracks in Melbourne became the Headquarters for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) since
its formation in 1921. During WW2 Victoria Barracks also became the
Allied Air Force Headquarters.

 

Standard RAAF Abbreviations

 

Air Board

 

Headquarters RAAF Command
AMP Building, Brisbane

 

RAAF Central Area Headquarters
Point Piper, Sydney

 

RAAF Eastern Area Headquarters

 

Central War Room

 

War Cabinet Room

 

Area Combined Headquarters

 

Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF)

 

Women's Air Training Corps

 

Pilot Officer Francis Debenham Milne (33516)
The only member of the RAAF buried at Arlington National Cemetery, USA

 

RAAF SQUADRONS

1 Squadron 2 Squadron 3 Squadron
4 Squadron 5 Squadron 6 Squadron
7 Squadron 8 Squadron 9 Squadron
10 Squadron 11 Squadron 12 Squadron
13 Squadron 14 Squadron 15 Squadron
20 Squadron 21 Squadron 22 Squadron
23 Squadron 24 Squadron 25 Squadron
30 Squadron 31 Squadron 32 Squadron
33 Squadron 34 Squadron 35 Squadron
36 Squadron 37 Squadron 38 Squadron
40 Squadron 41 Squadron 42 Squadron
43 Squadron 60 Squadron 66 Squadron
67 Squadron 71 Squadron 73 Squadron
75 Squadron 76 Squadron 77 Squadron
78 Squadron 79 Squadron 80 Squadron
82 Squadron 83 Squadron 84 Squadron
85 Squadron 86 Squadron 87 Squadron
92 Squadron 93 Squadron 94 Squadron
99 Squadron 100 Squadron 102 Squadron
107 Squadron 200 Flight
or 200 Special Duties Flight
Leyburn
450 Squadron
451 Squadron 452 Squadron 453 Squadron
454 Squadron 455 Squadron 457 Squadron
458 Squadron    

 

SURVEY FLIGHTS

3 Survey Flight Squadron
Lowood
   

 

WING HEADQUARTERS

85 Attack Wing Headquarters
Amberley
86 Wing Headquarters
Kingaroy
 

 

COMMUNICATION UNITS

1 Communication Unit 2 Communication Unit 3 Communication Unit
4 Communication Unit
Archerfield
5 Communication Unit
Garbutt
6 Communication Unit
7 Communication Unit 10 Communication Unit 13 Communication Unit
Kingaroy

 

No. 1 Training Group RAAF

 

No. 2 Training Group RAAF
(Headquarters at Point Piper, Sydney)
"Redleaf", 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay was accommodation
for WAAAF's working at No. 2 Training Group HQ

 

EMPIRE AIR TRAINING SCHEME (EATS)

1 Air Navigation School
Parkes, NSW
2 Air Navigation School
Mount Gambier, SA
Nhill, VIC
  
 
1 Air Observers School
Cootamundra, NSW
Evans Head, NSW
2 Air Observers School
Mount Gambier, SA
3 Air Observers School
Port Pirie, SA
 
1 Bombing and Gunnery School
Evans Head, NSW
2 Bombing and Gunnery School
Port Pirie, SA
3 Bombing and Gunnery School
West Sale, VIC
Air Gunnery School
West Sale, VIC
Central Gunnery School
Sale, VIC
 Williamtown, NSW
Mildura, VIC
Cressy, VIC
   
 
1 Elementary Flying Training School
Melbourne, VIC
Parafield, SA
Tamworth, NSW
2 Elementary Flying Training School
Archerfield, QLD
3 Elementary Flying Training School
Essendon, VIC
4 Elementary Flying Training School
Mascot, NSW
5 Elementary Flying Training School
Narromine, NSW
6 Elementary Flying Training School
Tamworth, NSW
7 Elementary Flying Training School
Western Junction, TAS
8 Elementary Flying Training School
Narrandera, NSW
9 Elementary Flying Training School
Cunderdin, WA
10 Elementary Flying Training School
Temora, NSW
11 Elementary Flying Training School
Benalla, VIC
12 Elementary Flying Training School
Bundaberg, QLD
Lowood, QLD
 
1 Initial Training School
Somers, VIC
2 Initial Training School
Lindfield, NSW
3 Initial Training School
Sandgate, QLD
Amberley, QLD
Kingaroy, QLD
4 Initial Training School
Mount Breckan at Victor Harbor, SA
5 Initial Training School
Pearce, WA
6 Initial Training School
Bradfield Park, NSW
 
1 Operational Training Unit
Nhill, VIC
Bairnsdale, VIC
East Sale, VIC
2 Operational Training Unit
Port Pirie, SA
Mildura, NSW
Williamtown, NSW
3 Operational Training Unit
Rathmines, NSW
4 Operational Training Unit
Williamtown, NSW
5 Operational Training Unit
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Tocumwal, NSW
Williamtown, NSW
6 Operational Training Unit
Nowra, NSW
Jervis Bay, NSW
7 Operational Training Unit
Tocumwal, NSW
8 Operational Training Unit
Narromine, NSW
Parkes, NSW
     
 
1 Service Flying Training School
Point Cook, VIC
2 Service Flying Training School
Forrest Hill, NSW
3 Service Flying Training School
Amberley, QLD
4 Service Flying Training School
Geraldton, WA
5 Service Flying Training School
Uranquinty, NSW
6 Service Flying Training School
Mallala, SA
7 Service Flying Training School
Deniliquin, NSW
8 Service Flying Training School
Bundaberg, QLD
  
 
1 Wireless Air Gunners School
Ballarat, VIC
2 Wireless Air Gunners School
Parkes, NSW
3 Wireless Air Gunners School
Maryborough, QLD
 
Central Flying School
Point Cook, VIC
Camden, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Parkes, NSW
General Reconnaissance School
Point Cook, VIC
Laverton, VIC
Cressy, VIC
Bairnsdale, VIC
   

 

OTHER TRAINING UNITS

1 Engineering School
Ascot Vale, VIC
1 Radio School
Richmond, NSW
Maryborough, QLD
   1 School of Technical Training
Melbourne, VIC
Exhibition Building at Carlton, VIC
2 School of Technical Training
Canberra, ACT
3 School of Technical Training
Ultimo, NSW
4 School of Technical Training
HQ Southern Area, SA
5 School of Technical Training
Mount Bay Rd., Perth
6 School of Technical Training
Hobart, TAS
7 School of Technical Training
Geelong, North Shore
1 Signals School
Point Cook, VIC
1 WAAAF Training Depot
Malvern, VIC
Geelong Grammar School at Corio, VIC
St Catherine's School at Toorak, VIC
Preston, VIC
2 WAAAF Training Depot
Robertson, NSW
Bradfield Park, NSW
3 WAAAF Training Depot
Karrinyup, WA
(Note there was no No. 4  WAAAF Training Depot)
5 WAAAF Training Depot
Bradfield Park, NSW
Penrith, NSW
Air Armament and Gas School (A.A. & G.S.)
Nhill, VIC
Aircrew Officers and Non-commissioned Officers School
Watsonia, VIC
Armament Training Station
Laverton, VIC
Cressy, VIC
Equipment Training School
Laverton, VIC
Ascot Vale, VIC
Heavy Bomber Replacement Training Unit
Strathpine, QLD
Darwin, NT
Medical Training Unit
Laverton, VIC
"Larundel" at Preston, VIC
Paratroop Training Unit
Laverton, VIC
Tocumwal, NSW
Richmond, NSW
RAAF School of Languages
Sydney, NSW
Ascot Vale, VIC
RAAF Staff College
Mount Martha, VIC
School of Administration
Laverton, VIC
Ascot Vale, VIC
Trinity College in Carlton, VIC
Victor Harbour, SA
School of Army Co-operation
Canberra, ACT
School of Photography
Point Cook, VIC
Canberra, ACT
School of Radio
Ballarat, VIC
School of Technical Training
Melbourne, VIC
Service Aircrew Camp
Barmera, SA
Works Training Unit
Ascot Vale, VIC
Wooloomanata, VIC

 

WIRELESS UNITS

No 1 Wireless Unit RAAF
Strathpine, Townsville
No 1 Air Support Unit RAAF
(A Wireless Unit)
 No. 2 Radio Installation & Maintenance Unit RAAF
 No 3 Wireless Unit RAAF No. 4 Wireless Unit
Strathpine
No. 5 Wireless Unit
Strathpine
7 Wireless Unit
Strathpine
   

 

AIRCRAFT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT UNITS

Aircraft Research and Development Unit No. 1 Aircraft Performance Unit  

 

FIGHTER SECTOR HEADQUARTERS

These were controlled by RAAF Command whose headquarters
were in the AMP Building in Queen Street, Brisbane.

A typical RAAF Fighter Sector HQ

1 Fighter Sector Headquarters
under Circular Quay, Sydney, then Bankstown, NSW

2 Fighter Sector Headquarters
replaced 2 Fighter Sector
New Lambton, NSW
Ash Island, NSW

3 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Townsville, Queensland

4 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Port Moresby

5 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Berrimah, Darwin

6 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Mount Lawley, Belmont, Perth
7 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Preston, Victoria
8 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Wills building, Ann St., Brisbane
9 Fighter Sector Headquarters
initially Cairns, Queensland
9 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
Cairns, QLD
10 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
Darwin, NT
No. 11 Fighter Sector Headquarters
initially in Yanrey, WA
12 Fighter Sector Headquarters
initially Townsville, Queensland
13 Fighter Sector Headquarters
Garbutt, Queensland
14 (Mobile) Fighter Sector Headquarters
Camden, NSW
102 Fighter Control Unit
replaced 2 Fighter Sector Headquarters
109 Mobile Fighter Sector
replaced 9 Mobile Fighter Sector
109 Mobile Fighter Control Unit
replaced 109 Mobile Fighter Sector
110 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
replaced
10 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
110 Mobile Fighter Control Unit
replaced 110 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
later became Air Defence Headquarters Morotai
111 Mobile Fighter Control Unit
111Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
replaced 111 Mobile Fighter Control Unit
114 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
replaced 14 (Mobile) Fighter Sector Headquarters
Strathpine
114 Mobile Fighter Control Unit
replaced 114 Mobile Fighter Sector Headquarters
108 Fighter Control Unit
replaced 108 Fighter Sector
114 Fighter Control Unit (possibly originally No. 14 Fighter Sector Headquarters)
Camden, NSW
Air Defence Headquarters, Brisbane
replaced 108 Fighter Control Unit
Air Defence Headquarters, Broome
replaced 40 Zone Filter Centre and 35 Zone Filter Centre
Air Defence Headquarters, Darwin
replaced 105 Fighter Control Unit and 39 Zone Filter Centre
Air Defence Headquarters, Higgins
replaced 113 Fighter Control Unit and 32 Zone Filter Centre
Air Defence Headquarters, Melbourne
replaced 107 Fighter Control Unit
Air Defence Headquarters, Perth
replaced 106 Fighter Control Unit
Air Defence Headquarters, Sydney
replaced 101 Fighter Control Unit and 102 Fighter Control Unit
Air Defence Headquarters, Townsville
replaced 103 Fighter Control Unit
   

 

ZONE FILTER CENTRES

32 Zone Filter Centre
Horn Island, then Higgins
33 Zone Filter Centre
Cairns, the Milne Bay
35 Zone Filter Centre
Subiaco, Perth, then Exmouth Gulf
39 Zone Filter Centre
Millingimbi, NT, then Gove
40 Zone Filter Centre
Perth, then Broome
 

 

AIRFIELD DEFENCE SQUADRONS

Security Guards Unit
later called No.1 Airfield Defence Squadron
 No. 2 Airfield Defence Squadron  

 

AIRFIELD CONSTRUCTION UNITS

1 Airfield Construction Squadron 2 Airfield Construction Squadron 3 Airfield Construction Squadron
4 Airfield Construction Squadron 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 6 Airfield Construction Squadron
7 Airfield Construction Squadron 8 Airfield Construction Squadron 9 Airfield Construction Squadron
14 Airfield Construction Squadron    

 

RAAF RADAR STATIONS

History of RAAF Radar Units
in Australia during WW2

Radar/Radio Huts at Robe in South Australia

HF/DF Station at Merredin, WA

VHF/DF and Radar Sites in Australia during WW2
Includes US Army Radar Stations

Shepherd's Hill RAAF Radar

Fixed Stations on mainland or islands close to mainland - Australian AW or English Mk V COL
MAWD (Modified Air Warning Device) - American SCR268 Gun Laying sets (Transportable)
Mobile Ground Control Interception (GCI) - either English Mk V, Canadian RWG/GCI or Australian LW/GCI Mk 1 or Mk 2
Fixed Stations on mainland using English ACO equipment
Light Weight Low Flying Cover (LW/LFC) special 10cm set with Australian designed and constructed aerials and huts using English 500kW Type 227 equipment
Australian Air Transportable equipment
LW/AW Mk 1, Mk 1A, Mk2 or Mk5

 

No. 7 Radar Station
Parafield, SA
Wedge Island, SA
No. 10 Radar Station
Victor Harbour, SA
Yankalilla, SA
No. 13 Radar Station
Cape Otway, VIC
No.14 Radar Station
Wilson's Promontory, VIC
No. 15 Radar Station
Laverton, VIC
Metung, VIC
No. 16 Radar Station
Gabo Island, VIC
No. 17 Radar Station
Moruya, NSW
No. 18 Radar Station
Kiama, NSW
No. 19 Radar Station
Bombi, NSW
No. 20 Radar Station
Nelson Bay, NSW
No. 23 Radar Station
Lytton, QLD
No. 24 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Caloundra, QLD
No. 25 Radar Station
(became No. 167)
Mascot, NSW
Bundaberg, QLD
Sandy Cape, QLD
No. 26 Radar Station
Cape Cleveland, QLD
No. 27 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
Dunk Island, QLD
No. 28 Radar Station
Cairns, QLD
Fitzroy Island, QLD
No. 29 Radar Station
Port Morseby, NG
No. 31 Radar Station
(became No. 310)
Darwin, NT
Point Charles, NT
Fenton, NT
Exmouth Gulf
No. 32 Radar Station
Fremantle, WA
Rottnest Island, WA
No. 33 Radar Station
Pearce, WA
Cappe Naturaliste, WA
No. 35 Radar Station
Subiaco, WA
Albany, WA
No. 36 Radar Station
Thursday Island, QLD
Hammond Island, QLD
Horne Island, QLD
No. 37 Radar Station
Port Moresby, NG
Fall River, NG
No. 38 Radar Station
Darwin, NT
Bathurst Island, NT
No. 39 Radar Station
Darwin, NT
Port Keats, NT
No. 40 Radar Station
Merauke, Dutch NG
No. 42 Radar Station
(became No. 55)
Mascot, NSW
Bowen, QLD
No. 43 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
Portland Roads, QLD
No. 44 Radar Station
(became No. 56)
Townsville, QLD
Cooktown, QLD
No. 45 Radar Station
Cloncurry, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Stanley Island, QLD
Richmond, NSW
No. 46 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Cape Don, NT
No. 47 Radar Station
Pearce, WA
Gin Gin, WA
Kalamunda, WA
Geraldton, WA
No. 48 Radar Station
Subiaco, WA
Jurian Bay, WA
No. 49 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Point Lookout, QLD
No. 50 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
Dobodura, NG
Tsili Tsili, NG
Ainami, NG
Tadji, NG
No. 51 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Coolangatta, QLD
No. 52 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Townsville, QLD
Muttee Head, QLD
No. 53 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Mount Surprise, QLD
Pitt Town, NSW
No. 54 Radar Station
Collaroy, NSW
Coolangatta, QLD
(was No. 101)
No. 55 Radar Station
(was No. 44)
Bowen, QLD
No. 56 Radar Station
Cooktown, QLD
(was No. 44)
No. 57 Radar Station
(was No. 104)
Townsville, QLD
No. 58 Radar Station
Camden, NSW
Mascot, NSW
Paluma, QLD
No. 59 Radar Station
Lee Point, NT
No. 60 Radar Station
59 Mile, NT
Cape Van Diemen, NT
No. 61 Radar Station
(was No. 307)
Perron Island, NT
No. 101 Radar Station
Sydney, NSW
Collaroy, NSW
(became No. 54)
No. 102 Radar Station
Coolangatta, QLD
No. 103 Radar Station
Dulwich (Dunwich?), QLD
No. 104 Radar Station
(became No. 57)
Townsville, QLD
No. 105 Radar Station
Point Charles, NT
No. 107 Radar Station
Cloncurry, QLD
No. 108 Radar Station
Cloncurry, QLD
No, 109 Radar Station
Darwin, NT
No. 131 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Kogarah, NSW
Kyeemagh, NSW
Ash Island, NSW
No. 132 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Darwin, NT
No. 134 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Maroubra, NSW
Beverley Hills, NSW
No. 135 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Pinkenba, QLD
No. 136 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Bunnerong Park, NSW
Alligator River, QLD
No. 138 Radar Station
Croydon, NSW
Townsville, QLD
Port Morseby, NG
Dobodura, NG
No. 144 Radar Station
Subiaco, WA
Cannington, WA
No. 150 Radar Station
Laverton, VIC
Darwin, NT
Adelaide River, NT
Barrimah (or Berrimah?), NT
No. 151 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Townsville, QLD
Cairns, QLD
Merauke, Dutch NG
No. 152 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Tadji, NG
No. 153 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Port Morseby, NG
Finshhafen, NG
Memote, Admiralty Islands
No. 154 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Anjo, WA
Truscott, WA
No. 155 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Ash Island, NSW
Perth, WA,
Fremantle, WA
Exmouth Gulf, WA
No. 161 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Adelaide River, NT
Anjo, NT
58 Mile, NT
Sattler, NT
Morotai
No. 162 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Bankstown, NSW
Knuckeys Lagoon, NT
Morotai
No. 163 Radar Station
(Training Group)
Richmond, NSW
Sandgate, QLD
Melbourne, VIC
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
Lutong, Borneo
Bankstown, NSW
No. 164 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Bankstown, NSW
Bargo, NSW
Menangle, NSW
No. 165 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Pitt Town, NSW
Bargo, NSW
Quakers Hill, NSW
No. 166 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Pitt Town, NSW
Castlereagh, NSW
Sandgate, QLD
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
No. 167 Radar Station
(was No. 25)
Pitt Town, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
Deniliquin, NSW
No. 168 Radar Station
Pitt Town, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
No. 169 Radar Station
Pitt Town, NSW
Marsden Park, NSW
No. 170 Radar Station
Pitt Town, NSW
Marsden Park, NSW
No. 207 Radar Station
Croydon, NSW
Lilli Pilli, NSW
No. 208 Radar Station
Swansea, NSW
No. 209 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Benowa, QLD
No. 210 Radar Station
Sandgate, QLD
Toorbul, QLD
No. 211 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Charlie's Hill, Home Hill, QLD
No. 220 Radar Station
Camden, NSW
Mascot, NSW
Tolga, QLD
No. 224 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Southport Rd, Darwin, NT
No. 227 Radar Station
Subiaco, WA
Yancep, WA
No. 228 Radar Station
Subiaco, WA
Rockingham, WA
No. 251 Radar Station
Collaroy, NSW
No. 257 Radar Station
Collaroy, NSW
Darwin, NT
No. 301 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
New Guniea
Richmond, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Saidor, NG
No. 302 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Darwin, NT
Morotai
Balikpapan, Borneo
No. 303 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
McLaren Harbour, NG
Forduma II, NG
Boirama Island, NG
Milne Bay, NG
Meineiara Island, NG
Port Morseby, NG
No. 304 Radar Station
Townsville
Port Moresby, NG
Normandy Island, NG
Milne Bay, NG
Hood Point, NG
No. 305 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
Port Moresby, NG
Goodenough, NG
Kiriwina, NG
Milne Bay, NG
No. 306 Radar Station
Townsville, QLD
Port Moresby, NG
Bulolo, NG
No. 307 Radar Station
(became No. 61)
Mascot, NSW
Darwin, NT
Perron Island, NT
No. 308 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Darwin, NT
Batchelor, NT
Millingimbi, NT
Pitt Town, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
Deniliquin, NSW
No. 309 Radar Station
Mascot, Darwin, NT
Fenton, NT
Goulburn Island, NT
Marsden Park, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
Deniliquin, NSW
No. 310 Radar Station
(was No. 31)
Exmouth Gulf, WA
Sattler, NT
Darwin, NT
Morotai
No. 311 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Horn Island, QLD
Archer Bay, QLD
Garbutt, QLD
Green Island, QLD
Jacquinot Bay, NB
No. 312 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Horn Island, QLD
Wessel Island, NT
Marsden Park, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
Deniliquin, NSW
No. 313 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Horn Island, QLD
Mornington Island, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Green Island, QLD
Jacquinot Bay, NB
No. 314 Radar Station
Onslow, WA
Perth, WA
No. 315 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Cape Ward Hunt, NG
Milne Bay, NG
Middleburg Island, NG
Richmond, NSW
No. 316 Radar Station

Archerfield, QLD
Mascot, NSW
Merauke, NG
Kombies, NG
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
Bankstown, NSW
No. 317 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Old Drysdale, WA
Sir Graham Moore Island
No. 318 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Batchelor, NT
Cape Don, NT
Cape Van Diemen, NT
Richmond, NSW
No. 319 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Fenton, NT
Drysdale, WA
Anjo, WA
Truscott, WA
No. 320 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Mitchell River, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Bougainville, NB
No. 321 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Adelaide River, NT
Millingimbi, NT
Yirrkala, NT
No. 322 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Tanah Merah, Dutch NG
Pitt Town, NSW
No. 323 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Boepel, NG
Mappi Post, NG
Castlereagh, NSW
Archerfield, QLD
Maura Island, Borneo
Brooketown, Borneo
Bankstown, NSW
No. 324 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Noonkanabah, WA
Yampi Sound, WA
Guildford, WA
Castlereagh, NSW
Archerfield, QLD
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
Papen Island, Borneo
Bankstown, NSW
No. 325 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Corunna Downs, WA
Guildford, WA
Castlereagh, NSW
Archerfield, QLD
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
Luting, Borneo
Kiri, Borneo
No. 326 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Broome, WA
Cape Laveque, WA
No. 327 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Broome, WA
No. 328 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Red Hill, WA
Port Hedland, WA
No. 336 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Port Moresby, NG
Kiriwina, NG
Safon, NG
Oro Bay, NG
No. 337 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Port Moresby, NG
Sia Island, NG
Los Negros, Admiralty Islands
Richmond, NSW
No. 338 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Mascot, NSW
Port Moresby, NG
Long Island, NG
Madang, NG
No. 339 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Port Moresby, NG
Yule Island, NG
No. 340 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Port Morseby, NG
Finschhafen, NG
Bat Island, NG
Los Negros, Admiralty Islands
Aitape, NG
Tadji, NG
No. 341 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Mulgrave Island, NG
Richmond, NSW
Pitt Town, NSW
No. 342 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Mount Spec, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Castlereagh, NSW
Archerfield, QLD
Morotai
Labuan, Borneo
No. 343 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
Townsville, QLD
Mount Spec, QLD
Sattler, NT
Morotai
Balikpapan, Borneo
No. 344 Radar Station
Mascot, NSW
58 Mile, NT
West Montilecit Island, WA
Richmond, NSW
No. 345 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Los Negros, Admiralty Islands
Bipi Island, Admiralty Islands
Harengan Island, Admiralty Islands
Richmond, NSW
No. 346 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Salamai, Admiralty Islands
Bundralis, Admiralty Islands
Los Negros, Admiralty Islands
Madang, NG
No. 347 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Milne Bay, NG
Port Moresby, NG
Finschhafen, NG
Los Negros, Admiralty Islands
No. 348 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Port Moresby, NG
Tumbo Island, NG
Tadji, NG
Hollandia, NG
Madang, NG
No. 349 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Hansa Bay, NG
No. 350 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Finschhafen, NG
Biak, Borneo
No. 351 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Darwin, NT
Morotai
Balikpapan, Borneo
No. 352 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Sattler, NT
Darwin, NT
Morotai
No. 354 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Bankstown, NSW
Bargo, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
No. 355 Radar Station
Richmond, NSW
Dapto, NSW
Strathpine, QLD
Morotai
Tarakan, Borneo
Sadu Island, Borneo
Strathpine RAAF
VHF/DF Homing Station
near Bells Pocket Road, Strathpine
   
     
42 Radio Direction Finding Wing (42 RDF Wing)
Garbutt, Townsville
   

 

RADAR SCHOOLS

1 Radar School
Maryborough
   

 

Australian Radar Sites WW2
A web site by Len Brighton

 

SIGNALS UNITS

3 Signals Unit
Strathpine
10 Signals Unit (Rear Echelon)
Townsville
11 Signals Unit
Northern Territory
12 Signals Unit
Townsville
13 Signals Unit
Mt. Druitt
 20 Signals Unit
Townsville & Fanning

 

AIR STORES PARK

21 Air Stores Park 22 Air Stores Park  23 Air Stores Park
24 Air Stores Park
Amberley
25 Air Stores Park 28 Air Stores Park
29 Air Stores Park 30 Air Stores Park 31 Air Stores Park
Amberley
32 Air Stores Park    

 

AIRCRAFT DEPOTS

1 Aircraft Depot

Motor Transport Repair Section, 1 Aircraft Depot

2 Aircraft Depot 3 Aircraft Depot
Amberley
4 Aircraft Depot 5 Aircraft Depot 6 Aircraft Depot
Oakey
7 Aircraft Depot    

 

AIRCRAFT PARKS

1 Aircraft Park  2 Aircraft Park   

 

AIRCRAFT REPAIR DEPOTS

12 Aircraft Repair Depot 13 Aircraft Repair Depot 14 Aircraft Repair Depot
initially known as
7 Airframe Repair Depot

 

FLYING BOAT REPAIR DEPOTS

No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depo
(Flying Boat Base Lake Boga)
   

 

AMMUNITION/BOMB UNITS

1 Central Reserve
later became 1 Central Ammunition Depot (1CAMD)
2 Central Reserve 3 Central Reserve
Kowguran
5 Central Reserve 6 Central Reserve  
     
1 Replenishing Centre 2 Replenishing Centre
Helidon
3 Replenishing Centre
5 Replenishing Centre 6 Replenishing Centre 7 Replenishing Centre
8 Replenishing Centre 9 Replenishing Centre 10 Replenishing Centre
15 Replenishing Centre 17 Replenishing Centre 18 Replenishing Centre
19 Replenishing Centre    

 

BOMB DISPOSAL UNITS

2 Bomb Disposal Unit
(Richmond)
6 Bomb Disposal Unit (6 BDU) Townsville Bomb Disposal Unit 

 

CENTRAL RECOVERY DEPOTS

1  Central Recovery Depot (1 CRD)  2 Central Recovery Depot (2 CRD)  3 Central Recovery Depot (3 CRD)
Amberley
4 Central Recovery Depot (4 CRD) 5 Central Recovery Depot (5 CRD) 6 Central Recovery Depot (6 CRD)
(Breddan, Stuart, Townsville)
7 Central Recovery Depot (7 CRD) 8 Central Recovery Depot (8 CRD)  

 

INLAND AIRCRAFT FUEL DEPOTS
All IAFD sites were located on railway lines for access by rail tankers, but were
situated well away from the airfields they serviced as these were bulk storage facilities.
 Fuel would be transported from the IAFD to the airfield fuel tanks by road tanker.

NEW SOUTH WALES
Cootamundra
No. 3 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Deniliquin
No. 15 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Goulburn
No. 16 IAFD

located at Lake Bathurst
Grafton
No. 6 IAFD
Swallow Road, South Grafton
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Muswellbrook
No. 5 IAFD
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Narromine
No. 19 IAFD
located at Dubbo
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Parkes
No. 18 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Tamworth
No. 20 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Tocumwal
No. 14 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Wagga Wagga
No. 17 IAFD
located at Uranquinty
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Wallerawang
No. 4 IAFD
1942 - ?
 
QUEENSLAND
Charters Towers
No. 9 IAFD
1 Jun 42 - 29 Aug 44
Cloncurry
No. 23 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Gayndah
No. 8 IAFD
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Roma
No. 22 IAFD
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Toowoomba
No. 7 IAFD
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Yarraman
No. 21 IAFD

1942 - 29 Aug 44
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Alice Springs
No. 24 IAFD
20 May 42 - Nov 44
   
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Crystal Brook
No. 31 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Gladstone
No. 28 IAFD

1942 - 14 Jun 44
Port Pirie
No. 11 IAFD
located at Solomon Town
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Wolseley
No. 12 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
   
TASMANIA
Mona Vale
No. 30 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
    
VICTORIA
 Ballarat
No. 1 IAFD
1942 - 29 Aug 44
Mildura
No. 29 IAFD

located at Yelta
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Seymour
No. 13 IAFD
located at Violet Town
1942 - 14 Jun 44
 
Warragul
No. 2 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
   
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Kalgoorlie
No. 27 IAFD
located at Boulder
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Merredin
No. 26 IAFD

1942 - 29 Apr 44
Narrogin
No. 25 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
Northam
No. 10 IAFD
1942 - 14 Jun 44
    

 

OPERATIONAL BASE UNITS

1 Operational Base Unit 11 Operational Base Unit 12 Operational Base Unit
13 Operational Base Unit 14 Operational Base Unit
Lowood
15 Operational Base Unit
Charleville
16 Operational Base Unit 21 Operational Base Unit
Rockhampton
22 Operational Base Unit
Bowen
23 Operational Base Unit
Townsville
24 Operational Base Unit
Mareeba
25 Operational Base Unit
Cairns
26 Operational Base Unit
Iron Range
27 Operational Base Unit
Cooktown
28 Operational Base Unit
Horn Island
29 Operational Base Unit
Augustus Downs
30 Operational Base Unit
Cloncurry
33 Operational Base Unit
34 Operational Base Unit 39 Operational Base Unit 44 Operational Base Unit
46 Operational Base Unit
Kingaroy
47 Operational Base Unit 48 Operational Base Unit
51 Operational Base Unit 52 Operational Base Unit 53 Operational Base Unit
54 Operational Base Unit 55 Operational Base Unit 56 Operational Base Unit
57 Operational Base Unit 58 Operational Base Unit 59 Operational Base Unit
60 Operational Base Unit 61 Operational Base Unit 71 Operational Base Unit
72 Operational Base Unit 73 Operational Base Unit 74 Operational Base Unit
75 Operational Base Unit 76 Operational Base Unit 77 Operational Base Unit
78 Operational Base Unit 79 Operational Base Unit 80 Operational Base Unit
82 Operational Base Unit 83 Operational Base Unit 84 Operational Base Unit
Kingaroy
85 Operational Base Unit
Amberley
86 Operational Base Unit 87 Operational Base Unit
88 Operational Base Unit
Bundaberg
90 Operational Base Unit
Kingaroy
 

 

BASE PERSONNEL STAFF OFFICE UNITS

1 Base Personnel Staff Office  2 Base Personnel Staff Office  5 Base Personnel Staff Office

 

POSTAL UNITS

3 RAAF Postal Unit  4 RAAF Postal Unit 5 RAAF Postal Unit
Brisbane
6 RAAF Postal Unit 8 RAAF Postal Unit 9 RAAF Postal Unit
10 RAAF Postal Unit 11 RAAF Postal Unit  

 

RECRUIT DEPOTS

1 Recruit Depot
Laverton, VIC
Ascot Vale, VIC
Shepparton, VIC
 2 Recruit Depot
Richmond, NSW
Williamtown, NSW
Bradfield Park, NSW
Tocumwal, NSW
Cootamundra, NSW
 3 Recruit Depot
Amberley, QLD
Maryborough, QLD
4 Recruit Depot
Pearce, WA
Busselton, WA
5 Recruit Depot
Melbourne, VIC
Balmoral, VIC
6 Recruit Depot
Amberley, QLD
Sandgate, QLD
Maryborough, QLD

 

EMBARKATION DEPOTS

No. 1 Embarkation Depot No. 2 Embarkation Depot No. 3 Embarkation Depot
Sandgate
No. 4 Embarkation Depot No. 5 Embarkation Depot No. 6 Embarkation Depot

 

RESERVE PERSONNEL POOLS

1 Reserve Personnel Pool  2 Reserve Personnel Pool   

 

SURVEY AND DESIGN UNITS

12 Survey and Design Unit 13 Survey and Design Unit    

 

WORKS SUPPLY UNITS

10 Works Supply Unit  11 Works Supply Unit   

 

REPAIR AND SALVAGE UNITS

1 Repair and Salvage Unit 2 Repair and Salvage Unit  3 Repair and Salvage Unit
4 Repair and Salvage Unit 5 Repair and Salvage Unit 6 Repair and Salvage Unit
7 Repair and Salvage Unit 9 Repair and Salvage Unit 10 Repair and Salvage Unit
Amberley
11 Repair and Salvage Unit 12 Repair and Salvage Unit 14 Repair and Salvage Unit
17 Repair and Salvage Unit 18 Repair and Salvage Unit 22 Repair and Salvage Unit
26 Repair and Salvage Unit    

 

STORES DEPOTS

1 Stores Depot  2 Stores Depot
Waterloo, NSW
3 Stores Depot
Brisbane
4 Stores Depot 6 Stores Depot
Waterloo, then Dubbo
7 Stores Depot
Toowoomba
8 Stores Depot 8 Stores Depot, Detachment "A"
Townsville
9 Stores Depot
10 Stores Depot 11 Stores Depot  
     
13 Stores Unit
(Townsville)
14 Stores Unit 15 Stores Unit
Oakey
16 Stores Unit    
     
3 Shipping and Stores Unit    

 

TRANSPORTATION AND MOVEMENT OFFICES

1 Transportation and Movements Office  2 Transportation and Movements Office  3 Transportation and Movements Office
4 Transportation and Movements Office 5 Transportation and Movements Office
Brisbane
6 Transportation and Movements Office
8 Transportation and Movements Office 10 Transportation and Movements Office  

 

WIRELESS TELEGRAPH STATION

8 W/T Station
(Renamed NWA W/T Station, then NWA HQ Telecommunications Unit, then NWA Telecommunication Unit)
9 W/T Station
(renamed Birdum Wireless Telegraph Station, then Birdum Telecommunications Unit)
55 Operational Base Unit W/T Station
 Adelaide Wireless Transmitting Station
(Renamed Gawler Telecommunications Unit)
Brisbane Wireless Transmitting Station
(Renamed Brisbane Telecommunications Unit)
W/T Station Charters Towers
Melbourne Wireless Transmitting Station
(Renamed RAAF HQ Telecommunication Unit, then Melbourne Telecommunications Unit)
Melbourne W/T Shadow Signal Station (Wireless Telegraphy)
"Frognall", at 54 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, VIC
Townsville W/T Station
(Renamed North-Eastern Area HQ Telecommunications Unit  NEATU)

 

MEDICAL UNITS

Medical Clearing Stations
20 Medical Clearing Station
(Townsville)
22 Medical Clearing Station 23 Medical Clearing Station
Coominya
24 Medical Clearing Station 25 Medical Clearing Station 27 Medical Clearing Station
28 Medical Clearing Station 29 Medical Clearing Station
Kingaroy
30 Medical Clearing Station
Medical Receiving Stations
1 Medical Receiving Station
(Coomalie Creek & Daly Waters)
2 Medical Receiving Station
(Clydesdale & Townsville)
3 Medical Receiving Station
(Townsville)
4 Medical Receiving Station
(Pearce, WA)
5 Medical Receiving Station
(Townsville & Werribee)
6 Medical Receiving Station
7 Medical Receiving Station    
Medical Rehabilitation Units
1 Medical Rehabilitation Unit
(Warburton)
2 Medical Rehabilitation Unit
(Clydesdale & Jervis Bay)
3 Medical Rehabilitation Unit 
4 Medical Rehabilitation Unit  5 Medical Rehabilitation Unit  6 Medical Rehabilitation Unit
7 Medical Rehabilitation Unit 8 Medical Rehabilitation Unit  
Hospitals
 1 RAAF Hospital
(Laverton)
2 RAAF Hospital
(Ascot Vale)
3 RAAF Hospital
(Bradfield Park, Concord, & Richmond)
4 RAAF Hospital
(Sale)
5 RAAF Hospital
(Tocumwal)
6 RAAF Hospital
(Heidelberg)
7 RAAF Hospital
(Adelaide)
RAAF Special Hospital, Melbourne Showground  
Sick-quarter Stations
Ascot Vale Sick-quarter Station Batchelor Sick-quarter Station Daly Waters Sick-quarter Station
Darwin Sick-quarter Station Evans Head Sick-quarter Station Laverton Sick-quarter Station
Pearce Sick-quarter Station Point Cook Sick-quarter Station Richmond Sick-quarter Station
Miscellaneous Medical Units
1 Base Medical Store
(Albury)
No. 1 Clinical Investigation Section No. 1 Flying Personnel Research Unit
(formed Melbourne)
1 Medical Air Evacuation Transport Unit (1 MAETU) 2 Medical Air Evacuation Transport Unit (2 MAETU) No. 2 Clinical Investigation Section
No. 2 Flying Personnel Research Unit
(formed Sydney)
2 Malarial Control Unit
Strathpine
No. 2 Air Ambulance Unit
formed Brisbane
Kingaroy
3 Malarial Control Unit 3 Convalescent Depot Southport Brisbane Medical Unit
6 Convalescent Depot RAAF
Paluma, North QLD (Mount Spec)
Dental Section, Ascot Vale Dental Section, Richmond
  RAAF Nursing Service (RAAFNS)    

 

MISCELLANEOUS

9 Special Liaison Unit
Brisbane
Air Command Band  Central Photographic Establishment
POW Reception Unit, Brighton RAAF Chemical Research Unit RAAF Provost Unit
RAAF Publications Unit    

 

MARINE SECTION

RAAF Marine Section RAAF Marine Section Adelaide RAAF Marine Section Bowen
RAAF Marine Section Brisbane RAAF Marine Section Bundaberg RAAF Marine Section Cockatoo Island
("She Cat")
RAAF Marine Section Cairns RAAF Marine Section Doctor's Gully, Darwin RAAF Marine Section East Arm, Darwin
RAAF Marine Section Evans Head RAAF Marine Section Fremantle RAAF Marine Section Geraldton
RAAF Marine Section Groote Island RAAF Marine Section Jervis Bay RAAF Marine Section Karumba
RAAF Marine Section Lake Boga RAAF Marine Section Melbourne RAAF Marine Section Melville Bay
RAAF Marine Section Melville Island RAAF Marine Section Millingimbi RAAF Marine Section Newcastle
RAAF Marine Section Paynesville, Vic RAAF Marine Section Perth RAAF Marine Section Point Cook
RAAF Marine Section Potshot, Exmouth Gulf RAAF Marine Section Rathmines RAAF Marine Section St. George's Basin
RAAF Marine Section Sydney RAAF Marine Section Thursday Island RAAF Marine Section Townsville
RAAF Marine Section West Bay    

 

AIR SEA RESCUE

No. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight No. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight No. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight

 

"Southern Cross" allocated to
3 Communication Unit during WW2

 

Volunteer Air Observer Corps

 

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection
(This Collection contains some magnificent photographs)

 

911st Signal Company, Department of Aviation, USAAC
tested Radar on Castle Hill in Townsville

 

A case of  mistaken identity
RAAF roundel mistaken for Japanese Rising Sun

 

Navigational Tower on "Radar Hill"
at Chermside West, Brisbane, QLD

 

"Whisperer"
The Newsletter of the Beaufighter
and Boston Association of Queensland

(A link to an Internet Site)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Ian Jenkins for his assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History"
compiled by RAAF Historical Section

RAAF RADAR in WW II Pictorial I Overseas and Early Groups at Radio School

RAAF RADAR in WW II Pictorial II Mainland Stations

PICTORIAL III RAAF RADAR in WW II (An Album from all Areas)

The above three books on RAAF Radar were all published by:-

EW & E Simmonds
2/13 CROMER Ct
Banora Point
NSW 2486

 

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