RAAF EASTERN AREA HEADQUARTERS
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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RAAF Eastern Area Headquarters was formed at "Kilmory", 6 Wentworth Street, Point Piper, Sydney, New South Wales on 15 May 1942 under establishment H.D. 160, in accordance with A.F.C.O. 77/1942. The Operations Record Book for Headquarters Eastern Area shows that Eastern Area Headquarters was formed at 6 Wentworth St., Edgecliff on 15 May 1942. Whilst it states being at Edgecliff, "Kilmory" is actually at 6 Wentworth Street, Point Piper.

One of the other buildings used by the RAAF at Edgecliff was "Craig-y-more". However an old newspaper article suggests that Craig-y-mor" (without the "e") was at 69 Wolseley Road, Point Piper.  Another article states that it was used as an RAAF Officers Mess. Before the war "Craig-y-mor" was the residence of the Consul-General for Japan.

Eastern Area Headquarters RAAF also occupied Redleaf, Hughenden, Rona, Mount Louana and Army House at Edgecliff during WWII. Redleaf was used as Barracks for the WAAAFs that worked at No. 2 Training Group at Kilmory. Other houses occupied by the RAAF were Linlithgow and Dunara.

Hughenden was vacated by the RAAF on 1 July 1946, with the WAAAFs who occupied the house moving to Bradfield Park

The role of Eastern Area Headquarters was to "administer all operational units in the area between the Murray River and the Tropic of Capricorn excluding No. 7 Aircraft Depot, Corowa and No. 2 Central Reserve, Albury."

A.C.H. Sydney functioned operationally as of midnight, 25 May 1942. I believe that ACH stands for Area Combined Headquarters.

Air Vice Marshall W.H. Anderson was posted form A.F.H.Q. to become Air Officer Commanding for Eastern Area HQ from 16 May 1942. His Personal Assistant was F/Lt R.N. Hammant (2010).

 

  ESTABLISHMENT STRENGTH
Personnel    
      Officers 89  45
      Other Ranks 344  69
                        Total 433 114
     
Mechanical Transport    
     Cars Staff    
          7 seater 1 nil
          5 seater 3 nil
 (x) Light 10 h.p. 2 nil
  6  
     Tenders    
          Sliding Tilt 2 nil
          Panel Van 1 nil
  3  
     

By 31 May 1942 numbers had increased to 72 officers and 183 other ranks.

By 30 June 1942 they had increased again to 115 officers and 375 other ranks. This included 36 VAOC officers, 46 personnel in No. 1 Fighter Sector, and 7 personnel from the Weather Bureau.

WAAAF Nancye Irene Bull (109151) served at Kilmory as a WAAAF teleprinter operator between 8 January 1944 and 13 January 1946. Nancye trained as a Signals Clerk at Signal Course No. 95, at Point Cook, near Melbourne.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Colin Bull for his assistance with this web page. His aunty Nancye Irene Bull was a WAAAF teleprinter operator at Kilmory.

 

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