63RD SQUADRON
"THE SEA HAWKS"
43RD HEAVY BOMB GROUP
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

The 63rd Squadron of the 43rd Bomb Group was stationed at the following locations during World War 2:-

Sydney, Australia 28 Mar 1942 - 3 Aug 42
Torrens Creek, Australia 3 Aug 42 - 20 Aug 42
Mareeba, Australia 20 Aug 42 - 23 Jan 43
Port Moresby, New Guinea 23 Jan 43 - 20 Oct 43
Dobodura, New Guinea 29 Oct 43 - 1 Apr 44
Nadzab, New Guinea 1 Apr 44 - 20 Jul 44
Owi, Schouten Islands 20 Jul 1944

 

William "Bill" Benn formed the 63rd Squadron of the 43rd Bomb Group. Benn was later made Chief of Operations of the 5th Bomber Command. Benn was not happy to have been pulled from his combat role. Captain Ed Scott took over command of the 63rd Squadron when Benn departed.

 

B-17 Flying Fortress, #41-24353, “Cap’n and the Kids”
delivered to the 63rd Bomb Squadron on 11 June 1942

 

Folmer Sogaard, 43rd Bomb Group 63rd Bomb Squadron

 

 

LINKS TO OTHER PAGES

63rd Squadron Briefing Room
43rd Bomb Group

 

Ken's Men
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43rd Bomb Group

 

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