618 SQUADRON RAF
BASED IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
Subject: 618 RAF SQUADRON
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 21:25:31 +0930
From: "Dennis Whiley" <email@example.com>
I would have thought that every one would have know about 618 Sqn, must be my age showing again well you know the story of 617 Squadron and Barns Wallis bouncing bomb which he developed for use on three dams in Germany.
There was a bomb developed to test the theory and this was much smaller and was like a big golf ball and was carried by a DH Mosquito if you get a chance to see the film "Dam Buster's" there is a shot of a mosie drooping a Highball in the UK.
In the 1950's when I was a Air Cadet we were taken to see the film, one of our instructors was with 618 in the UK and had done a few drops over the dams in the UK and as an aside we still have two old member of 618 Sqn in the RAAFA and I see them from time to time.
Back to the story the Highball was developed for use against large shipping but by the time the squadron was ready for operations there were no targets left for them to attack so they were sent to Australia to be part of the operation force against Japan complete with there special aircraft which were Mk XVI, I will attach there record in Australia for you.
It was interesting that when 618 Sqn was sent out to Australia they brought some Fairy Barracudas Mk. II with them now this point is also of interest as in 1942 some Fairy Swordfish were left by the FAA at Perth and due to the desperate situation they were taken on charge of 14 Sqn for a few weeks until the FAA wanted them back.
So twice FAA aircraft were used by RAAF units in Australia.
By the time the squadron was ready for operations in the North again all of the major shipping targets were gone so there was no use for the squadron and at the end of the war they went back to the UK.
While the squadron was at Narromine there were a number of accident some of which you have already listed and other that you have not but at the time they were not reported in the press as being part of 618 Sqn. but as RAAF aircraft, I guess they did not want to alert the Japanese that the squadron was in Australia.
After the war the aircraft were disposed of to the RAAF who only wanted the special engines the rest of the airframe was sold as scrap and as luck would have it last year a aircraft restorer in the Barossa about 20 minuets away from me managed to obtain about 10 tons of the metal parts of these aircraft he is now rebuilding two aircraft and they look the part.
In 1982 David Vincent wrote a book "Mosquito Monograph" and in that there is a hole chapter on 618 Sqn.
Well I hope that was some help to you
Subject: 618 RAF
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 23:10:02 +0930
From: "Dennis Whiley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sorry but I had to look up the details of where the squadron was, by the way one of there aircraft blow up over Petersham a suburb of Sydney on 11 October 44 and pieces of the aircraft fell all over the area this crash was widely reported in the press.
As I said before the squadrons roll was to attack large shipping targets such as the aircraft carrier "Shinano" but she never left Japan, and the battleships "Musashi" and "Yamato" never came south of the Philippines after the start of 1944 and any way both were sunk by submarines.
UPDATE:- SHINANO was actually sunk by the US submarine ARCHERFISH (only Japanese battleship sunk by a US submarine), but the MUSASHI and YAMATO were both sunk by US carrier-based aircraft.
Information supplied by:-
US Naval Institute
The Highball was any intended to be used against very large ships, smaller ships could be taken out by skip bombing from B-25 so as there were no targets there was just no need to go to a lot of trouble in moving the squadron to the forward area.
Not with standing that the squadron was active in its training while at Narromine and it was only after the fall of the Philippines that the squadron stood down.
|618 Squadron (Attack)||FISHERMAN'S BEND, MELBOURNE||23.12.44||21.01.45||Airfield Temp Huts|
|NARROMINE, MITCHELL Hwy. NARROMINE||24.01.45||27.07.45||Airfield Temp Huts|
618 Squadron may have used the airfield at Triamble while they were based at Narromine.
|Commanding Officers||FISHERMAN'S BEND||W.Cdr HUTCHINSON G.B.H||23.12.44||24.01.45|
|NARROMINE||W.Cdr HUTCHINSON G.B.H||24.01.45||27.07.45|
|Aircraft||D.H-98 Mosquito Mk.PR XIV D.H-98 Mosquito Mk VI (Special)|
John Rose contacted me in February 2019. John told me he had bought a Merlin 25 engine in 2003 from Peter Jensen (ex RAAF) in Melbourne. John restored the engine in two years and had it running as "sweet as". He was told it came from a Mosquito in NSW but not quite sure of the exact location. It had no propeller hub. He asked Peter Jensen if he had one. They tried a couple of three bladers which had a different spline. He had a four blade which fitted the spline but was told it was not for that engine as DH98 never had 4 blades.
John Rose sold the original wiring harness to a collector in about late January 2019. The collector told John that he had a very rare Merlin engine as the hub took a 4 bladed propeller and that the engine would have come from 618 Squadron at Narromine. The engine had reverse flow coolant which John changed to a normal arrangement. John still has the original pipes and blank off plug to port side of the coolant pump. The mounting frames for the engine were made in the United Kingdom.
CRASH OF A
OVER SUBURBS OF LEICHHARDT AND PETERSHAM,
IN SYDNEY, NSW ON 2 MAY 1945
CRASH OF A MOSQUITO
NEAR NARROMINE SALE YARDS
ON 27 JULY 1945
"Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito - In
By Stewart Wilson
I'd like to thank John Rose for his assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 13 November 2000
This page last updated 12 February 2019