76SQN History

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24 Jan 1949 – 3 Jul 1952
WILLIAMTOWN
P-51 MUSTANG - VAMPIRE
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Mustang takes off from Williamtown RAAF Base. ~ Photo 76SQN

76SQN reformed at Williamtown on the 24 JAN 1949 flying at first P-51 Mustangs. The SQN was now part of 78 (F) Wing along with 75SQN. In late 1951 the SQN converted to the De Havilland Vampire flying this aircraft until the SQN went to Malta in company with 75SQN.

MEMBERS NOT KNOWN

5 Jul 1952 – 20 Feb 1955
HAL-FAR MALTA
VAMPIRE
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78 Wing Vampires over Malta. ~ Photo RAAF

On the 5 July 1952 76SQN along with 75SQN left for Malta. Both SQNs came under the banner of 78 Wing and as such all members were posted to the Wing, not a SQN. For that reason the list of names is the same as the 75SQN list. On the 26 March 1954 all senior Fabric Workers became Safety Equipment Workers, this came from an authority dated 26/3/54 and stated the change was to be back dated to 1/9/53. Whilst in Malta the Wing operated from Cyprus, West Germany and RAF Horsham ST Faith in England, the latter coinciding with Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation on the 15 July 1953. The wing returned to Australia on the 20 February 1955 with 76SQN disbanding at Williamtown on the 16 March 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. Bower,
  • George Wright,
  • D.A.W. Strong.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKERs
  • V.G. Taylor,
  • William Hunter,
  • Stan Quinn,
  • Len Rose.
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Vampires at Malta during 1953. ~ Photo via Paul Mason

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50’S Flying gear. ~ Photo via Paul Mason


DISBANDED FROM 16 Mar 1955 TO 11 Jan 1960


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