No. 76 Squadron RAAF

No. 76 Squadron RAAF

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No. 76 Squadron RAAF

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No. 76 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flight training squadron. Established in 1942, the squadron operated P-40 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft and saw combat during World War II. Following the war it formed part of Australia's contribution to the occupation of Japan until it was disbanded in 1948. The squadron was reformed in 1949 and was stationed at Malta from 1952 until 1955, when it was again disbanded. It was reactivated in 1960 and operated jet fighters in Australia until 1973. No. 76 Squadron was reformed in its present incarnation in 1989 and is currently stationed at RAAF Base Williamtown where it operates Hawk 127 jet training aircraft.


Milne Bay and northern Australia

No. 76 Squadron was first formed at Archerfield Airport, Queensland on 14 March 1942 as the RAAF's second squadron equipped with P-40E Kittyhawk fighters (the first being No. 75 Squadron). Led by Squadron Leader Peter Jeffrey, it moved to Weir Strip near Townsville in mid-April to continue training. During April seven of No. 76 Squadron's P-40s were ferried to Port Moresby and handed over to No. 75 Squadron, which was suffering heavy losses while defending the town from Japanese air attacks. On 1 and 13 May No. 76 Squadron Kittyhawks were scrambled to intercept Japanese aircraft near Townsville but did not make contact with the intruders. The squadron completed its training in June, by which time it had received its full complement of 24 fighters...
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