Info on RAAF Unit

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  1. Heinz

    Heinz Active Member

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    I did some digging about my mums father...
    During WW2
    he was a Sergeant in the

    4 COMMUNICATIONS UNIT

    Problem is i cant seem to find out anything about what they did exactly.

    If anyone knows it would be very appreciated from myself and my family.
     
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    According to http://www.ozatwar.com/raaf/whisperer/september2002.pdf (page 4)

    There is also some details of them using the Vultee Vengeance as well:

    Crash of a Vultee Vengeance, near Hamilton Flying Boat Base, Brisbane, Queensland on 22 July 1944

    There are a few mentions of the unit, but mainly about aircraft transfers etc. But it seems to have been a flight rather than a full squadron. And based in Australia during the war.
     
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    Hey thanks Amrit:D

    I found the article about the Vegence but not the booklet article there.

    Much appreicated
     
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    Heinz, 4 comm Unit used the following a/c at one time or another -
    Hudson
    Anson
    Wirraway
    Tiger Moth
    Miles Falcon
    DH Dragonfly
    Gannet
    Fairchild
    Beechcraft
    Vega Gull
    Beaufort
    DH Dragon
    Douglas Dolphin
    Norseman
    Vengeance
    Moth Minor
    Lodestar
    Ventura
    Beaufighter
    Kittyhawk

    The unit was based at Archerfield near Brisbane and VM was the squadron code letters. Comms Units were used to ferry personell as Amrit said as well as supplies, mail etc to fighter affiliation, AA/searchlight co-op and exercises with the Army. Basically they did the unglamorous jobs that had to be done to keep the Air Force running.
     
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    Just to add Heinz, here are some activities 3commUnit undertook, which would pretty much be what all the Comm Units did.

    source - 3 Communication Unit RAAF, in Australia during WW2
     
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    I wonder what the pilot make-up was - from the quote in my earlier message, it seems that the pilot was posted to the unit after a tour of duties (implying a "rest" period). Would the other pilots be the same?
     
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    Hey cheers Wildcat, thats made my day:D

    I'll show my mum tomorrow no doubt she will be very happy. Never met him unfortunately he died in 1988, ah well.
     
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