53 ANTI-AIRCRAFT SEARCHLIGHT COMPANY (53 AASL COY)
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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In about January 1941, the 124 personnel of 53 Anti-aircraft Searchlight Company (53 AASL Coy) under the command of Major A.L. Brentwood were protecting the Maribyrnong Munitions area, the huge dock areas and the rail complex to the south east. 53 AASL Coy was a Full Time Duty Coy (i.e. no war duration conscripts or USP's as they were known).

64 AASL Coy and 65 AASL Coy both used 53 AASL Coy's locations at Maribyrnong for intensive practical training.

By mid winter 1941, 53 AASL Coy had a strength of 5 officers and 333 ordinary ranks.

In October 1941, 64 AASL Coy carried out a 3 week period of intensive training. From that point in time 53 AASL Coy and 65 AASL Coy took over their positions at that point in time.

In November 1941, 65 AASL Coy and 53 AASL Coy moved to Werribee in Victoria under the command of Major M.R. Duxson for co-op work with Anti-aircraft guns. This ended with a night time practice shoot.

 

REFERENCES

"Expose - A History of Searchlights in WWII"
by Noel F. Hill

 

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