3SQN History

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1 Jul 1925 - 22 Jun 1940
POINT COOK, RICHMOND
SE-5A, DH9-A, AIRCO DH9, AVRO 504K, WESTLAND WAPITI, HAWKER DEMON

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3SQN DH9A 1925 ~ Photo 3SQN

3SQN was reformed at Point Cook on the 1 July 1925, moving to Richmond on the 2 July 1925. During April 1926 all RAAF aircraft were modified to take parachutes. During the period 1926 to 1929 the Squadron won the Air Services Trophy and the NSW Aerial Derby, the latter being won four times, the last being in September 1935. In 1935 the SQN won the Stonehaven Cup for the third straight year, this is awarded for efficiency and presentation. 1939 brought the start of another World War and in February 1940 3SQN began preparations for a move to the Middle East, the first Australian Squadron sent overseas.

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Westland Wapiti over Point Cook ~ Photo 3SQN

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Restored Hawker Demon ~ Photo 3SQN

FABRIC WORKERs
  • C. Brigstock,
  • J.C. Bourke,
  • J.A. Jarvis,
  • D.A.W. Strong,
  • Dave Armour,
  • G.V.K. Vale,
  • E. Furness,
  • H. Parker,
  • D.N. Lamont,
  • K.J. Peel,
  • A.C. Loverson,
  • William Wray,
  • E.D. Grinham,
  • E. Hauber,
  • A.E. Robinson,
  • H.A. Stevens,
  • R. Ormerod,
  • E.W. Carter.

  • D.N.Lamont was also a qualified Air Gunner, & E.W.Carter completed a Parachute Personnel Course in 1940.
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    DH9A Aircrew, leather jackets and caps with goggles, basic flying gear of the day ~ Photo 3SQN

    5 Jul 1940 - 2 Jul 1943
    MIDDLE EAST
    WESTLAND LYSANDER, GLOSTER GLADIATOR, HAWKER HURRICANE
    P-40 KITTYHAWK

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    Westland Gauntlet in Egypt, early 1940 ~ Photo 3SQN

    3SQN left Sydney on the 15 July 1940 and began operations in August of that year, at first flying Lysanders, then Gladiators and gauntlets. In 1941 the unit received Hawker Hurricanes and the first SQN kill was achieved by one of these aircraft, a German JU88. During April/May the SQN converted to the P-40 and the SQN’s kill tally rose steadily. A number of German and Italian aircraft were captured and flown by 3SQN personnel, one such aircraft being an ME109G that is at the Imperial War Museum in England. The last German garrison in the Middle East surrendered on the 12 May 1943 and in typical Aussie fashion the SQN, which had anticipated the victory, made a 'grog' trip to Algiers so the boys could celebrate.


    Fabric Workers
    • William Wray,
    • E.W. Carter,
    • F.A Hastie.
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    Hawker Hurricane at Benina (left) and P-40 creating a dust storm whilst taxing ~ Photos 3 SQN

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    Two photographs showing flying gear worn by 3SQN pilots ~ Photos Australian War Memorial

    2 Jul 1943 - 10 Aug 1945
    SICILY, ITALY
    P-40 KITTYHAWK, P-51 MUSTANG

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    3SQN Kittyhawks in Sicily during 1943 ~ Photo 3SQN

    By 23 July 1943 the Squadron had arrived at Panchino Sicily and commenced operations the next day. By August the last resistance ended. The invasion of Italy commenced on the 3 September 1943 and on the 14 September 1943 3SQN moved to Grottaglie airfield in Italy, the first Allied Squadron to occupy an enemies homeland. The SQN moved to Crete in July 1944 with the last operations using the P-40 Kittyhawks being conducted on the 20 November 1944, thereafter all operations were conducted using the P-51 Mustang. Whilst in Italy the now well known Southern Cross began to appear on tails of 3SQN aircraft. With the end of the war 3SQN had flown 25,663 flying hours, dropped over 8.5 million pounds of bombs and claimed 217.5 enemy aircraft shot down in combat, making 3SQN the highest scoring Desert Air Force SQN and the highest scoring of all Commonwealth SQN’s during WW2.


    FABRIC WORKERs
    • F.A Hastie,
    • W.F. Hayes,
    • C.H. Bates.
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    P-51 Mustang in northern Italy ~ Photo 3SQN

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    Great colour picture of an American Mustang pilot, Col Don Blakeslee. Whilst the pilot isn’t Australian the flying gear is very similar to what 3SQN pilots used as many Australian pilots wore American flying gear ~ Photo North American Aviation


    3SQN DISBANDED 30 Jul 1946


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