84 SQUADRON RAAF
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

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A Mustang of 84 Squadron RAAF at Ross River airfield in Townsville in July 1945
The familiar Mount Stuart can be seen in the background

 

84 Squadron RAAF moved from Richmond air base to Cairns on 27 March 1943. The squadron was disbanded in Horn Island on 26 May 1944 but later reformed at the Aitkenvale airfield near the Weir State School in Townsville. The School was eventually seconded by the RAAF when it became impossible for the teacher to hold classes while aircraft were taking off and landing.

The Squadron moved their Kittyhawks to Macrossan on 22 June 1944 and then relocated to the Townsville area on 17 November 1944 but this time they were based at Ross River airfield.  P-51K Mustangs were later based at this airfield.

 

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10 August 1945 - Mustangs of 84 Squadron and 86 Squadron lined
up at Garbutt Airfield for a visit by the Prince Henry, Duke of
Gloucester, who at that  time was Governor-General of Australia

 

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10 August 1945 - Mustangs of 84 Squadron and 86 Squadron at Garbutt

 

Squadron Leader Cox, Commanding Officer of 84 Squadron, received a message of thanks from the Duke of Gloucester via a letter dated 17 August 1945 from Air Commodore J. H. Summers, Air Officer Commanding North Eastern Area. The letter quoted another letter from the Chief of Staff to His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester. Part of the letter read as follows:-

"I am instructed by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to write and thank you very much indeed both for arranging their inspection of No. 84 Squadron, R.A.A.F., and also for the air escort during their flights."

"Their Royal Highnesses thought that the Squadron looked splendid on parade, and were delighted to have had the opportunity of seeing such a well equipped and well trained Squadron. Please congratulate Squadron Leader Cox on Their Royal Highnesses' behalf."

"The Duke and Duchess thought that the escort was extremely good, kept excellent formation, and looked most attractive in the air."

84 Squadron RAAF was eventually disbanded at Ross River airfield on 29 January 1946.

 

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Does anyone know who he is?

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Does anyone know who he is?

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Replenishing ammunition at Ross River airfield

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Kittyhawk at Ross River airfield
(Photo touched up to remove some insect damage)

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Kittyhawk

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More kittyhawks

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Mustang A68-506??

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Mustang at Ross River airfield

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Mustang A68-565 of Squadron Leader Cox of 84 Squadron RAAF crash landed after an engine failure on take-off from Ross River airfield near Townsville on 7 August 1945

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Mustang A68-565 caught fire after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Mustang A68-565 caught fire after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Mustang A68-565 caught fire after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Mustang A68-565 caught fire after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Remains of Mustang A68-565 after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Propeller from Mustang A68-565 which caught fire after crashing at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945

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Mustangs of 84 Squadron - Mustang A68-565 of Squadron Leader Cox in the foreground. A68-529, A68-526 and A68-523 are the next three Mustangs in the photo

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Mustangs of 84 Squadron - Mustang A68-565 of Squadron Leader Cox in the foreground and A68-529

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Mustang A68-565 of Squadron Leader Cox which crash landed at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945 (see above)

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Pilots of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Pilots of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Pilot of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Pilots of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Pilots of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Two friends at the bomb dump at Ross River airfield. Can anyone tell me who they are?

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Mustang A68-565 of Squadron Leader Cox which crash landed at Ross River airfield on 7 August 1945 (see above)

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Ross Creek in Townsville during World War 2.

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Mustang A68-506 of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Does anyone know who he is?

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Members of 86 Squadron RAAF - can anyone help me with names?

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Closeup of the picture above - Members of 86 Squadron RAAF - can anyone help me with names? LAC Gordon Joseph Walker (146044) from Warragul, Victoria is located at the far left in the back row.

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Mustang A68-561, A68-542 and others of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield

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Dakota taking off (or landing) at Ross River airfield in Townsville. Castle Hill can be seen in the background. Mustangs in the background and a single Spitfire at the right of the photo

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A number of Mustangs of 84 Squadron RAAF at Ross River airfield in Townsville. Mount Stuart can be seen in the background.

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A Spitfire at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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Fuel? truck at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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Mustang of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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Ross River airfield in Townsville near tthe foot of Mount Stuart

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A closeup of the above photo showing a number of Mustangs and airfield building etc

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Mustang of 84 Squadron at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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Looks like a Vultee Vengeance at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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Three mates from 84 Squadron RAAF at Ross River airfield in Townsville

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British submarine in Townsville harbour

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British submarine in Townsville harbour

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I'd like to thank Helen Whelan, daughter of LAC Gordon Joseph Walker of 86 Squadron RAAF for her assistance with this web page.

 

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