ROYAL NAVY FLEET AIR ARM
BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET
Updated version of the Beechcraft Expeditor
724 Squadron, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm was formed at Dunfermline (Scotland) in February, 1945 and was attached to MONAB VI operating from Bankstown Aerodrome. All flying operations were carried out from Mascot which meant initially travelling by truck each day from Bankstown to Mascot until the squadron was set up at Mascot in April, 1945.
Messing arrangements were then with an RAAF Squadron also flying from Mascot. Flying ceased on being transferred to Schofields. The only aircraft used were Beechcraft “Expeditors”. The groundcrew were called upon to service other aircraft of the Navy which happened to land at Mascot which may have included some Avro Ansons.
Upon being disbanded, a signal was received from the Admiralty in London congratulating the Squadron on its accident free flying record while operating in Australia.
Besides operating between Sydney and Melbourne, regular flights were also made to Brisbane and at least one flight to the Islands, apart from other military airfields such as HMAS Albatross and RAAF Williamtown.
The main operations were ferrying VIP’s etc. around although 2 or 3 aircraft were used primarily for carrying mail and freight for the Navy.
Harold Desmond Joynes was one of two Air Mechanic Electricians attached to the Squadron from its formation to its disbandment. Harold met his wife while stationed at Mascot and was living in New South Wales in August 2008.
BANKSTOWN 10.04.45 31.03.46 Airfield Temp Huts ENDEAVOUR Rd. BANKSTOWN
SCHOFIELDS 31.03.46 31.05.46 Airfield Temp Huts Quaker Road SYDNEY
BANKSTOWN Lt EVANS J.H.L 10.04.45 31.03.46
SCHOFIELDS Lt EVANS J.H.L 07.03.46 31.05.46
Beech JRB Expeditor
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in Australia during WW2
I would like to thank Dennis Whiley and Harold Joynes for their assistance with the above information.
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