FLEET AIR WING 17
(FAW-17), US NAVY
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
Fleet Air Wing 17 (FAW-17) was established in Brisbane, Australia on 15 September 1943. Commodore T.S. Combs was the first Commanding Officer of FAW-17.
FAW-17 was equipped with PBY-5 Catalina's. FAW-17's role was to control various Patrol Squadrons operating in the New Guinea area including the following Patrol Squadrons:-
VP-11 (later VPB-11)
On 31 December 1943, FAW-17 relocated to Samari Island in Papua New Guinea. On 27 July 1944, FAW-17 relocated to Manus in the Admiralty Islands.
On 9 September 1944, FAW-17 relocated to Woendi, Schouten Islands. On 19 October 1944, FAW-17 moved to Morotai, N.E.I. On 30 December 1944 the unit moved to Leyte Gulf, Philippines. On 26 Jan 1944, FAW-17 moved to Lingayen Gulf, Philippines and was based on board "Tangier (AV 8) in San Pedro Bay.
On 26 February 1945, FAW-17 moved to Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines. FAW-17 was disbanded in Japan on 2 January 1946 .
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