No. In the mid-1960s, it was re-formed as a helicopter squadron, before being disbanded in December 1989, when it was used to form the Australian Defence Force Helicopter Training School. No. Combat Control Teams (CCT) from No. 4 Squadron remained in Europe and was based in Cologne, Germany, as part of the British Army of Occupation. 4 Squadron RAAF: Celebrating A Centenary 1916 – 2016. by Matt Savage. 76 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flight training squadron. [22], Members of the unit included Captain Harry Cobby, the AFC's leading ace of the war, credited with destroying 29 aircraft and observation balloons, and Captain George Jones, who shot down seven aircraft and later served as the RAAF's Chief of the Air Staff for ten years. No. 4 Squadron was re-formed as a general reconnaissance unit at RAAF Station Richmond, New South Wales, on 3 May 1937, flying Hawker Demons before taking delivery of its first Avro Anson the following month. On 26 December 1942, a No. [7] [8] [9] Between 2008 and 2009, three intakes completed initial training and four members deployed during combat operations in Afghanistan with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG). In January 1969, the school was reformed as No. After a period of training, the squadron began flying operational anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic in July. 6 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron on 1 March 1939, No. 4 Squadron was re-formed as a general reconnaissance unit at RAAF Station Richmond, New South Wales, on 3 May 1937, flying Hawker Demons before taking delivery of its first Avro Anson the following month. It re-equipped with late-model P-40 Kittyhawks, having received a few of these aircraft while in Borneo, and this was followed by CAC Mustangss and Austers in early 1947. [19], No. 4 Squadron RAAF" The following 12 files are in this category, out of 12 total. 4 Squadron Wirraway piloted by Pilot Officer John Archer shot down an A6M Zero. 81 Wing headquarters oversees squadron training in air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics, and support for the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy. No. 4 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force squadron responsible for training forward air controllers. Re-numbered No. 1 History 2 Aircraft operated 3 Notes 4 References 5 External links No. 4 Squadron has operated the following aircraft: [34] [40]. After the war, the squadron was disbanded, however, it was re-raised a short time later as a unit of the part-time Citizen Air Force, operating in the target towing and air defence role in New South Wales. 4 Squadron was re-formed as a general reconnaissance unit at RAAF Station Richmond, New South Wales, on 3 May 1937, flying Hawker Demons before taking delivery of its first Avro Anson the following month. B-25D from No. The squadron was disbanded in 1946 following the conclusion of hostilities, but was re-formed in 1951. At that time, No. Originally equipped with Demons and De Havilland Moths, it converted to CAC Wirraways in September and relocated to Canberra later that month. The unit has served with distinction during the Great War, the Second World War, and more recently in the War in Afghanistan. 4 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its activation as a unit of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC). 77 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) squadron headquartered at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales. Canberra: Phantom Media. 2 FTS, having the previous year begun replacing the Vampires with Macchi MB-326Hs. The first three 4 Squadron PC-21 aircraft ferried from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria, with remaining 4 Squadron aircraft expected to arrive at RAAF Base Williamtown in February 2020. Fully mobilised by 10 January 1917, the unit embarked for England on 17 January, arriving at Plymouth on 27 March, and was sent for training to Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham. 79 Squadron and undertaking initial fighter combat instruction at No. It was disbanded after the war in mid-1919, but re-raised in 1937 and 1940. The squadron was re-formed in 1949 and three years later transferred to Malta, where it operated de Havilland Vampire jet fighters on garrison duty until again disbanding in 1955. Throughout the war, No. 80 Wing RAF from July–November 1918. [20] Shortly after its formation the squadron departed for Britain, arriving at Castle Bromwich for further training in March 1917. It was reorganised as a fighter conversion unit flying P-51 Mustangs and CAC Wirraways in February 1946, and disbanded in July 1947. [34] [35], No. 92 Squadron RAF, No. 4 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown practice close air support serials with PC-21 aircraft during Exercise Havoc Strike. 1 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) squadron headquartered at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. PC-9A aircraft from No 4 Squadron fly in tight formation north of Newcastle. As the war progressed, the squadron also took part in the Huon Peninsula, New Britain and Borneo campaigns. 77 Squadron is farewelling its F/A-18A/B Hornets with flying displays near Williamtown, Newcastle and Port Stephens. 88 Squadron RAF, No. 1 Photo Reconnaissance Unit, which had been formed in June 1942. Aircraft coded QE-N and bearing identification number A46-121. The squadrons listed are: No. 4 Squadron ceased to exist, having been re-numbered No. The military base shares its runway facilities with Newcastle Airport. Serny, France, November 1918. Initial squadrons shown below. No.4 Squadron was formed at Richmond on 17 June 1940. No 4 Squadron is a unit of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which forms part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), who specialise in coordinating air support. It re-equipped with late-model P-40 Kittyhawks, having received a few of these aircraft while in Borneo, and this was followed by CAC Mustangs and Austers in early 1947. [11] In July 2009, the Special Tactics Project became B Flight in the reformed No. 5 OTU was transferred to Tocumwal in October 1943, and then to Williamtown in mid-1944. [38] No. Eastern Area Command was one of several geographically based commands raised by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during World War II. 76 Squadron was re-formed in its present incarnation in 1989 and is currently stationed at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, where it operates Hawk 127 jet training aircraft. To a… The Cold War years saw the squadron disbanded and re-raised twice. [39], No. 11 Squadron was re-formed at RAAF Base Rath­mines, draw­ing per­son­nel and air­craft from the for­mer Search and Res­cue Wing. 4 Squadron was re-formed again at Richmond on 17 June 1940, this time as an army co-operation unit. 82 Wing, it is equipped with Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighters. [24], The squadron's initial task in New Guinea was to support the American and Australian forces in the Battle of Buna-Gona. It was originally intended that the squadron would be equipped with Catalina flying boats, but it was equipped with Short Sunderland aircraft instead. [29] It also operated six Piper Cubs as liaison aircraft during these campaigns. 4 Squadron – Exercise Havoc Drop! It was reactivated in 1960 and operated CAC Sabre and Dassault Mirage III fighters in Australia until 1973. [15] [16] The six-week JTAC course teaches planning, briefing, controlling and reporting of close air support (CAS). This was the only kill achieved by a Wirraway during the war and earned Archer the US Silver Star. Barnes, Norman, The RAAF and the flying squadrons(St Leonards, N.S.W : Allen & Unwin, 2000) Graham, Cec, Co-operate to conquer : activities of No. The squadron was previously a fighter and army co-operation unit active in both World War I and World War II. 1 Flying Training School is a school of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Headquartered in Sydney, Eastern Area Command's responsibilities included air defence, aerial reconnaissance and protection of the sea lanes within its boundaries. It was formed at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in October 1942 to train pilots and navigators for service in World War II. [12] Volunteers need to pass the Special Forces Entry Test, complete the Commando Reinforcement Training Cycle, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Aviation Meteorology, Assault Zone Reconnaissance and Air Weapons Delivery courses. The base serves as the headquarters to both the Air Combat Group and the Surveillance and Response Group of the RAAF. [4], Following the Armistice, No. "No. [1] [2], The squadron was previously a fighter and army co-operation unit active in both World War I and World War II. No. 4 Squadron was re-formed on 3 July 2009 at RAAF Base Williamtown to train forward air controllers. 4 Squadron (4SQN) Combat Control Team (CCT) has the important job of being the first on the ground to assess the viability for aircraft and personnel arrival. Coming under the control of Air Combat Group, the wing operates F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters and Pilatus PC-9 forward air control aircraft. 285 Squadron. 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing RAAF, No. 2 FTS traces its origins to the post-war re-establishment of the Air Force's original cadet training unit, No. Following the end of hostilities it re-equipped with P-51 Mustangs and formed part of Australia's contribution to the occupation of Japan until disbanding in 1948. 2 Squadron RAAF Canberra over the combat zone during the Vietnam War in 1970. [9], C Flight delivers the ADF Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course as well as the ongoing accreditation of graduates. No. A score board recording the claims for enemy aircraft destroyed by No. 4 Squadron deployed to Camden Airfield, where it flew anti-submarine patrols as well as army co-operation training sorties until redeploying to Queensland and then in November to New Guinea. 4 Squadron, operating the PC-9. The squadron was previously a fighter and army co-operation unit active in both World War I and World War II. [17] This continued the FAC presence at Williamtown that had been maintained by FACDU and No. No. [1] In 2005, the Air Force became the first foreign air force to receive Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) accreditation from the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). 1 Applied Flying Training School, and began specialising in advanced flight instruction on CAC Wirraways. No. 4 Squadron's Pilatus PC-9s were replaced with Pilatus PC-21s in 2020. Its units include Nos. No. [12] After completing training on its new aircraft, the squadron provided a firepower demonstration for Royal Military College, Duntroon cadets during an exercise at Braidwood in September 1947. 4 Squadron was established as a unit of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, Victoria, on 16 October 1916. 76 Squadron. On October 16, 2016, No. 4 Squadron RAAF Wirraway New Guinea Jun 1944 AWM 080143.jpg 347 × 341; 15 KB In 1942 it deployed to New Guinea, where it supported military forces by spotting for artillery and providing reconnaissance and close air support. It subsequently became a naval fleet co-operation squadron, but was later redesignated as No. 46 Squadron RAF, and No. 8 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force flying training squadron of World War I and medium bomber squadron of World War II. [8] No. 6 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron on 1 March 1939, No. [3]. 4 Squadron RAAF Boomerang. 278 Squadron, a technical training unit. 4 Squadron RAAF: Celebrating A Centenary 1916 – 2016. by Matt Savage. It saw action during World War II as a photo reconnaissance squadron, being raised in September 1944 through the re-designation of No. 10 Squadron … Posted to No. Operating Sopwith Camels and Snipes, it performed fighter sweeps, provided air support for the army, and raided German airstrips. 4 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, World Wars I & II(Australia : The Compiler, 1994) What is training like just general information, if anyone has any. [31] Casualties during the war amounted to 37 personnel killed. [1], The unit arrived in France on 18 December 1917. The nearest towns are Raymond Terrace, located 8 km (5 mi) west of the base and Medowie, 6.8 km (4.2 mi), north of the base, which is home to many of the base's staff. No. [2] 11 of its pilots became aces. [18] [19], The unit arrived in France on 18 December 1917. No. A new era for JTAC training". 4 Squadron Combat Controllers recently completed Exercise Havoc Drop, an annual exercise to maintain their operational parachute currency requirements. Flying Officer, No. 4 Squadron – Exercise Havoc Drop Royal Australian Air Force ... Posted by NewsBot on Aug 10, 2020 in Flight Simulators. 3 Squadron. [33] On 7 March 1948, No. 4 Squadron ceased to exist, having been re-numbered No. RAAF No. On 26 December 1942, a No. No. The JTAC course is conducted twice a year with aim of graduating 32 students a year. Originally equipped with Demons and De Havilland Moths, it converted to CAC Wirraways in September and relocated to Canberra later that month. 4 Squadron was re-formed again at Richmond on 17 June 1940, this time as an army co-operation unit. The school was equipped with Vengeances and CAC Wirraway aircraft. 4 Squadron. 4 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, World Wars I & II(Australia : The Compiler, 1994) 5 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force training, army co-operation and helicopter squadron. Headquartered at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, the wing comprises three combat units, Nos. No. 87 Squadron flew a variety of aircraft from bases in Australia, gathering photographic intelligence on Japanese forces and installations throughout the Pacific. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps", "New Air Force Capability at Williamtown", Royal Australian Air Force flying squadrons, No. 75 Squadron or No. [30] The squadron continued to support Australian, US Army and US Marine Corps units in New Guinea and New Britain until March 1945 when it deployed to Morotai and then to the island of Labuan to support Australian ground forces in the Borneo campaign. Royal Australian Air Force just uploaded a video. No.4 Squadron, RAAF, was an army cooperation squadron that used Commonwealth Wirraway and Boomerang aircraft in support of the troops fighting on New Guinea and Borneo. The other columns are headed "In Flames", "Crashed", "O.O.C." The squadron was formed under the Australian Flying Corps in 1916 and saw action in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns during World War I. 4 Squadron have timed their annual parachute continuation training perfectly to take advantage of the NSW winter at RAAF Base Wagga. No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, formed at Point Cook, Victoria, in October 1916. No. 4 Squadron, which was located at RAAF Station Richmond in the outskirts of Sydney and equipped with Avro Anson patrol aircraft, was redesignated No. Combat controllers of No. 461 Squadron's aircrew had previously served with No. (RAAF Official). RAAF Base Williamtown is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located 8 nautical miles north of the coastal city of Newcastle in the local government area of Port Stephens, in New South Wales, Australia. ", No. The Royal Australian Air Force's Air Combat Group (ACG) is the group which administers the RAAF's fighter and bomber aircraft. At this time it op­er­ated Catali­nas again, un­der­tak­ing search and res­cue and courier tasks. 82 Wing, which operated Pilatus PC-9s, was merged into the new unit, along with the Special Tactics Project. Commanding Officer Number 4 Squadron, Wing Commander Sean Jobson said the PC-21 replaces the recently retired PC-9/A and will contribute to vital squadron training activities. Initial squadrons shown below. 84 Wing is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) transport wing. [5], The squadron's initial task in New Guinea was to support the American and Australian forces in the Battle of Buna-Gona. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Australian Flying Corps Recently I was invited by the Royal Australian … 5 Operational Training Unit was an operational training unit (OTU) of the Royal Australian Air Force.