RAAF in the Philippines?

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  1. scandyflick

    scandyflick New Member

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    gents,

    i've been researching the involvement of the RAAF in Allied operations in the Philippines.

    through the internet, especially this forum, i've been able to get information regarding RAAF a/c that operated over here.

    the ff are what i've come up with.

    1) Beaufighters and Kittyhawks (Liberators?) operating from Sanga-Sanga in 1945 in support of the Borneo Landings
    2) the famous loooooong range Black Cat mine laying operation in Manila Harbour in Dec of 1944
    3) a PR mosquito that landed in Leyte with severe damage due to inclement weather (a hail storm of all things!!!, odd for a tropical country, huh?)
    4) FB.VI Mossies and Spitfires that were invited by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit to fly against captured IJN/IJA a/c at Clark AFB, 1945

    I must ask though if i've missed anything. :) any new leads would be greatly appreciated.

    and oh... happy holidays! :D
     
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    Hi Scandyflick, I can add the following -
    22 Nov 44 - 22 squadron A-20's attack targets at Bunuwan Harbour, Mindanao. 30 squadron Beaufighters destroy barges in Davao Gulf
    9 Dec 44 - 30 and 31 squadron Beaufighters attack targets on Jolo Island and unsuccesfully hunt for a Radar station on Mindanao
    18 Jul 44 and 11 Aug 44 - 4 Sep 44 - No 1PRU Mosquitoes fly photo reconnaissance missions over Davao and the central Philippines by request of the 5th USAAF
    14 Dec 44 - 24 "Black Cats" mine Manila Bay staging through Leyte
    Mar 45 - Jun 45 "Black Cats" operate from Jinamoc to mine targets at Formosa, China, Hainan, Hong Kong and the Pescadores
    Jun 45 - 24 squadron B-24's form a detachment on Palawan flying army co-op missions
    RAAF P-40's and Beaufighters also operated from Tawi Tawi and Zamboanga on a limited basis.
    HTH
     
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