RAAF OOB august 1942

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    Is somebody able to correct the following OOB for august 1942?
    In particular I don't know the bases of squadrons listed under "Somewhere in Australia".

    5th USAAF:

    Port Moresby:
    80 FS (8 FG) P-39 and P-400 (to Milne 9/42)
    41 FS (35FG) P-39 and P-400

    Darwin area:
    49 FG (7,8,9 FS) P-40

    Australia (Townsville area, NE Austr.)
    39, 40 FS (35FG) P-39 (Pt. Moresby 6-7/42)
    35, 36 FS (8FG) P-39 and P.400 (to Milne 9/42)
    8 PhRS F-4/P-38

    22 BG (M) (2,19,33,408 BS) B-26
    43 BG(H) (63,64,65,403 BS) B-17 (and B-24/LB-30?) (last two not operational)
    19 BG(H) (28, 30, 93, 435 BS) B-17 (and B-24/LB-30?) at Mareeba
    3 BG (L) 13, 90 BS: B-25; 89 BS A-20 (to Pt. Moresby 9/42), 8 BS: A-24 or A-20 (?)

    South Australia:
    38 BG (M) only 71 and 405 BS, not op.

    RAAF:
    Milne Bay:
    No. 75, 76 P-40E

    Pt. Moresby:
    No. 100 Det. Beaufort TB

    Horn Is.
    No. 32 Hudson, No 6 from 8/42 ?

    Darwin area:
    No. 77 P-40E
    No. 2, 13 Hudson
    No. 12 Wirraway??

    Townsville area:
    No. 11, 20 Catalina
    No. 7 Hudson
    No. 33 Empire transports

    West. Austr.
    No. 14 Hudson
    No. 25 9xBuffalo, Wirraway?

    East. Austr.
    No. 73 Anson ASW
    No. 18 (B-25 from 9/42)
    No. 31 (Beaufighter from 9/42)
    No. 24 7x P-39F, Wirraway?
    No. 30 Beaufighter Ic

    Somewhere in Australia:
    1 PRU 5x Buffalo
    No. 4 and 21 Wirraway ?
    No. 22 Boston (New Guinea 10/42)
    No. 23 6xP-39D + Wirraway?
    No. 5 Wirraway ?? Dont' know if in existence

    Max
     
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    Max,
    No. 6 sqn Hudson left Richmond on the 21st and deployed to Horn Is on the 23rd.

    No. 12 sqn Wirraway Pell airfield (Darwin area)

    No. 25 sqn 17xWirraway + 9xBuffalo(al U/S) Pearce, Western Aust.

    N0. 31 sqn Formed at Wagga Wagga on the 14th Aug. No a/c till Sept.

    No. 30 sqn Beaufighter moved from Richmond to Bohle River (near Townsville) mid Aug.

    No. 24 sqn Wirraway and 5-6 P-39's Bankstown (near Sydney) This sqn had been virtually destroyed over Rabaul in Feb '42.

    No. 1PRU 4xBuffalo and 1xWirraway left Laverton and deployed to Hughes airfield (near Darwin) on the 17th and 19th. Note 1x Buffalo and the Wirraway were destroyed in Jap. air raid on the 23rd Aug.

    No. 4 sqn Wirraway left Camden (NSW) and deployed to Kingaroy (QLD) late Aug.

    No. 21 sqn I believe was disbanded when it arrived back in Aust from Singapore/Malaya and wasn't reformed until Sep '43 with Vengeance.

    No. 22 sqn Boston was at Richmond in Aug. flying A/S patrols. Moved to New Guinea in Oct.

    No. 23 sqn 13xWirraway 4xP-39 at Lowood in QLD

    No. 18NEI sqn B25s were based in Canberra

    No. 5 sqn Wirraway, Toowoomba QLD.

    No. 7 sqn moved to Nowra NSW on the 17th to rearm with Beauforts

    No. 9 sqn Walrus had a detachment aboard HMAS Australia operating around the Solomons and a detachment onborad HMAS Canberra which was sunk off Guadalcanal on the 8th of Aug. The squadrons main base was at Rathmines NSW. Also had detachments on other ships HMAS Westralia being another one.

    No. 34 sqn was also in the Darwin area equipped with a varity of a/c such as Anson, tiger moth and DH Dragon used in the transport role.

    No. 35 sqn was a similar sqn to 34 being a transport unit with a variety of a/c however they were based at Maryland in Western Australia.

    No. 36 sqn was another tranport unit based at Essendon (near Melbourne) in Aug '42. They were equipped with DC2's and alot of other types.

    No. 41 sqn formed at Townsville in Aug 21 '42 with Short Empire flying boats in the transport role, they flew there first ops that same day.

    Also 11 and 20 were at Bowen (south of Cairns). 77 was based at Batchelor near Darwin. 73 was at Cootamundra. 13 was at Hughes near Darwin. 14 was at Pearce WA.

    Hope this helps. :)
     
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    Also the 8th BS was equipped with A-24's in early '42, they were originally to go to the Phillipines but instead deployed to Port Moresby in March '42. Whether they still had A-24's in August I don't know, as I believe they suffered heavy losses over New Guinea. Sys probably knows more about the USAAF side of things.
     
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    Thank you very much for the answer. I was sure of you answer when I posted the question!

    According to the adf-serials website, No. 23 squadron recieved 6 P-39D on 17 august and another one on th 31st.

    Do you know the main base of No. 100 squadron Beaufort TB?

    You are right also about the USAAF A-24. They were retired from combat at the end of july after a disastrous mission. After that the 8th BS was combined with 89th because of lack of A-20.
    Also I found that USAAF 35 FG had P-400 and 8th FG had P-39. Only later they flew a mix of planes.

    Max
     
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    No worries Max. :)
    The main part of 100 sqn was based at Laverton near Melbourne in Victoria in August conducting A/S and convoy escort patrols.
     
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    Thank you. Probably more questions later....

    Max
     
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    Any time mate.
     
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    I'm now trying to complete the RAAF OOB in november 1943.

    Papua, Goodenough, Kiriwina (where is each squadron?)
    No. 22 A-20A
    No. 30 Beaufighter
    No. 6, 8, 100 Beaufort
    No. 75, 78 P-40N
    No. 76 P-40M
    No. 77 P-40K
    No. 79 Spitfire V
    No. 4 Boomerang/Wirraway
    No. 24 A-35

    Merauke
    No. 12 Vengeance
    No. 86 P-40M

    Darwin
    No. 54 RAF, 452, 457 Spitfire V
    No. 2 Hudson
    No. 31 Beaufighter
    No. 18 NEI B-25C/D
    No. 83 Boomerang (Melville Is.)
    No. 84 P-40N (Horn Is.)

    Townsville area
    No. 7 Beaufort
    No. 80 P-40N
    No. 5 Boomerang
    No. 11, 20, 43 Catalina (?)
    No. 66, 71 Anson
    No. 33, 36 C-47
    No. 41 Empire, Do-24

    South West
    No. 14 Beaufort
    No. 85 Boomerang
    No. 25 Vengeance
    No. 35 C-47

    South East
    No. 21, 23 Vengeance
    No. 82 P-40M
    No. 13 Hudson/Beaufort?
    No. 32 Beaufort
    No. 34 C-47
    No. 37, 38 Hudson/C-60
    No. 67, 73 Anson

    Max
     
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    Hope that helps.
     
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    Also:-
    9 sqn (Walrus) based at Rathmines but with a detachment onboard HMAS Australia at sea in the Pacific.
    107 sqn (Kingfishers) based at Rathmines.
    1 PRU (Wirraway and P38 (F4) Lightning. based at Coomalie Creek near Darwin.
    There was also No2 Air Ambulance Unit which operated a varity of a/c throughout Aust and New Guinea and 8 Communication Flights operational at this time in Aust and New Guinea, but I don't have their locations for Nov 43.
     
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    Wildcat, thank you very much! Great answer!
    Where is Karumba (No.43 sqn.)?
    I never realized that the Vengeance were A-31 variant.
    Did No. 83 Sqn go to Melville Is. earlier or later?

    Max
     
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    Always a pleasure Max. Karumba is on the Western side of Capr York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. Basically directly west of Cairns but on the other side of the Peninsular.

    The RAAF had both varients, the A-31 (MkI II) and the A-35 (MkIV). However it was the A-31's which saw combat with the squadrons in New Guinea.

    I have 83 sqn being at Melville Is in Dec 43 to Jan 44.
    HTH
     
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    G'day looking for when the RAAF Spitfire Mk5's 1 st got to Port Moresby or New Guinea in gen i'v been looking on the net with no luck can you help !!
     
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    Thanks again Wildcat!

    RS Hawks,
    It was probably in june 1943. No. 73 Wing went to Goodenough Island (north of the south eastern tip of New Guinea. No. 79 squadron with Spit V was part of the wing. I don't know if occasionally some Spit. went ot Moresby or somewhere else, but I believe that june 1943 was the first case that a whole squadron was operational there.

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    No worries Max. :)
    RS Hawks, Max is right. 79 sqn deployed to Goodenough Is in June 43. Here are some dates :-
    16-6-43. B flight arrives at Jackson strip, Port Moresby
    17-6-43. B flight flies to Gurney field, Milne Bay
    17-6-43. C flight arrives at Port Moresby
    18-6-43. C flight arrives at Milne Bay
    21-6-43. C flight departs Milne Bay for Vivigani Strip, Goodenough Is
    26-6-43. B flight arrives at Vivigani strip.
    HTH
     
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    Thank you for the info ~S~ to all
     
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    Again about South West Pacific...
    I'm trying to find out the disposition of Allied air forces before tha battle of Coral Sea (may 1942).
    this is what I've found. Corrections are welcome.

    RAAF:

    Western Australia (Perth)
    No. 77 P-40E
    No. 14 Hudson
    No. 25 Wirraway
    No. 35 transports
    USN VP-101 PBY
    USAAF Det. 28th BS LB-30

    South East
    No. 4 Wirraway (Canberra)
    No. 5 Wirraway (Melbourne)
    No. 6 Hudson (Sydney)
    No. 7 Hudson (Melbourne)
    No 18 NEI [B-25]
    No. 22 Boston (Sydney)
    No. 23 Wirraway, Hudson (Brisbane)
    No. 30 [Beaufighter]
    No. 100 Beaufort (Sydney)
    No 33 and No. 36 transports

    Darwin and NT
    No. 2 and No. 13 Hudson
    No. 12 Wirraway
    No. 34 trasnports

    Townsville and North East (near the battle area)
    No. 76 P-40E
    No. 11 and No. 20 Catalina
    No. 32 Hudson
    No. 75 P-40E? (refitting after the Port Moresby battles)
     
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    RNZAF:

    New Zealand:
    No. 1, 2 and 3 Hudson
    No. 7 and 8 Vincent, Vildebeest
    No. 14 [P-40E]

    Fiji:
    No. 4 Hudson
    No. 5 Singapore
    USAAF 70th FS P-39
     
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    5th USAAF:

    Port Moresby:
    8th FG (35th, 36th FS) P-39
    8th BS (3d BG) A-24

    Charters Towers:
    3d BG:
    89th BS [A-20A]
    13th and 90th BS B-25C

    Townsville:
    Flt A, 8th PhRs F-4
    435th BS (19th BG) B-17
    22d BG (2d, 19th, 33d, 408th BS) B-26A

    Cloncurry (West of Townsville)
    19th BG (28th, 30th 93d BS) B-17 (dets at Perth with LB-30)

    Darwin:
    49th FG (7th, 8th, 9th FS) P-40E

    Near Brisbane or Sydney????? operational from june or july:
    80th FS (35th FG) P-39
    8th FG (39th, 40th, 41st FS) P-400 and P-39

    67th FS P-39/P-400 New Caledonia
    68th FS P-39/P-400 Brisbane (to Tonga, P-40E)

    38th BG in USA, training with B-25/B-26
     
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    USN and USMC

    Noumea:
    VP-72 PBY-5

    Samoa:
    VS-1 D14 OS2U
    VMF-111 F4F-3
    VMO-151 SBC-4

    Tonga:
    VS-4 D14 OS2U

    Bora Bora:
    VS-2 D14 OS2U

    Palmyra:
    VMF-211 F2A

    Hawaii:
    PatWing 1
    VP-11
    VP-12 (Midway)
    VP-14
    VP-71
    VP-91

    PatWing 2
    VP-13 Det. (PB2Y Coronado)
    VP-23
    VP-24
    VP-44
    VP-51

    all with PBY

    VS-3 D14 OS2U

    VMF-212, VMF-222 F4F (and F2A?)
    VMSB- 231, 232 SB2U, SBD
    VMJ-253

    VS-5 D14 (to Espiritu Santo?)

    Midway:
    VMF-221 F2A
    VMSB-241 SB2U
     
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