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WILLIAMTOWN NSW
P51 MUSTANG
5 Aug 1946 to 25 Mar 1948
mustang
P-51 Mustang on the ramp at Williamtown. Note the black & white spinner. ~ Photo-RAAF


After arriving at Williamtown the SQN re-equipped with four CAC built P-51D Mustangs during August 1946.  Operations with the Mustang continued until March 1948 when four Mustangs were flown to 25(CAF)SQN at Pearce and the SQN was disbanded with the equipment, personnel and most of the remaining aircraft going to East Sale.

FABRIC WORKERs
  • A.H. Beveridge,
  • V.K. Morris(FabWrk Ass)




75SQN DISBANDED 25 Mar 1948 to 24 Jan 1949


WILLIAMTOWN NSW
P51 MUSTANG
24 Jan 1949 to 23 JUNE 1949

The SQN reformed, flying Wirraways and P-51 Mustangs, the Mustangs having come from Japan by ship to Newcastle and then by road to Williamtown.

Members unknown

WILLIAMTOWN NSW
VAMPIRE
23 Jun 1949 to 3 Jul 1952

On the 23 June the first three Vampires arrived from Melbourne, led by FLTLT J. Ollerenshaw.  The Australian built Vampires were the F30/FB31 versions.  One notable incident during this time was the loss of two Vampires and their pilots during the same sortie in May 1951, crashing within seconds of each other, one into the Karuah river and the other into the river bank.

Members unknown

HAL-FAR MALTA
VAMPIRE
10 May 1951 to 20 Feb 1955
vampire
English supplied Vampire FB1’s in flight over Malta. Under the control of No 78 Wing, 75SQN along with 76SQN flew Vampires from Hal Far in Malta. ~ Photo RAAF.

After a march through the streets of Sydney, 75SQN, now part of 78(F) WG (along with 76SQN), left for Malta on the Asturias on the 4 July 1952. The advance party left the following day aboard a QANTAS Lockheed Constellation.  The Asturias sailed into Grand Harbour, Valetta 24 days later, and began operating Vampire FB.9’s and Meteor T-7’s from RNAS Hal-Far.

Whilst in Malta the wing flew in a number of NATO exercises, in North Africa, RAF Nicosia on Cyprus, Wahn in Germany and RAF Idris in Libya. A move in May 1953 for two months to RAF Horsham ST Faith in England saw the Wing involved in a 639 aircraft flypast on the 15 July for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A move back to Malta saw the SQN operating from Ta’Qali.

A change for the mustering happened on the 26 March 1954 when the Safety Equipment Worker mustering came into being.  The authority dated 26/3/54 changed senior Fabric Workers to SEW’s, back dating the change to 1/9/53.  The attachment to Malta ended in November 1954, with personnel returning to Australia in February 1955.

FABRIC WORKERs
  • Alan Weeks,
  • John Lepinath,
  • Neil Loggie,
  • M.J. Smith,
  • Ernie Cottam,
  • J.J. Smith,
  • Darcy Duggan,
  • Duncan Maxwell,
  • T.A. Mitchell,
  • J.E.“Bunny” Bower,
  • George Wright,
  • D.A.W. Strong.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKERs
  • V.G. Taylor,
  • Len Rose
  • Stan Quinn
  • William Hunter,


film
Members of 78WG on location for the filming of the movie 'Malta Story'.  LAC M. Dunn (right) shows actors Alec Guinness (left), Anthony Steele and Muriel Pavlow the art of 'two up'. ~ Photo-RAAF

WILLIAMTOWN NSW
MK8 METEOR
4 Apr 1955 to May 1957
meteor
Meteor F.8 A77-881 in the mid 50’s. This aircraft ended it’s days on a fire dump. ~ Photo-RAAF.

The SQN operated both the Vampire and the MK8 Meteor, operating them for only a short period. The highlight of this time was the forming of the Meteorites Aerobatic Team; a 78WG venture involving 75 and 77SQN, it was the first official RAAF team.

FABRIC WORKER
  • E.W. Busby
SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKERs
  • George Hall,
  • Eric Fletcher,
  • D.E. Edwards,
  • B.A. Huey,
  • Len Rose,
  • E.G. ”Jerry” Tyrer.
pilot
pilot
Circa 1956, pilot wearing a mix of American & English flying gear (some things never change), the helmet is a Gentex
P-1 and the mask is a “H” Type. ~ Photo-RAAF

WILLIAMTOWN NSW
CAC AVON SABRE
26 Mar 1957 to 30 Nov 1964
sabre
Sabre A94-367, resplendent in it’s black & white squadron markings, 1963. ~ Photo-RAAF

75SQN became the first SQN to equip with the Sabre.  The Australian built version had a Rolls Royce RA.7 Avon engine in place of the standard American engine and also replaced the six 0.5" machine guns with two 30mm Aden cannons.  The Avon Sabre was the fastest of all Sabre variants, obtaining 700mph at sea level.  From 1959 on, the Sabres were fitted with Sidewinder missiles.

The Sabre era was one for the Aerobatic teams with the Sabre units operating a team.  75SQN were no exception and formed the Black Diamonds.  The now common deployments to Townsville and Darwin began in earnest during this period, with 75SQN having a permanent detachment (Det A) in Darwin.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKERs
  • E.G. ”Jerry” Tyrer,
  • Ernie Cottam,
  • C.S. Gray,
  • Kevin Ball.
  • Tom Esbensen,
Mk8
Good view of MK8 life preserver and
parachute harness. ~ Photo-RAAF



flying gear
Another shot of the flying gear, life preserver
is a MK8, the helmet appears to be a MK1A/M
from Helmets Ltd. I have no idea of the type
of G-suit, external lacing and “add on” pockets
are of interest. ~ Photo-RAAF


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