RAAF 227 Radar Bunker

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External view of the bunker, January 2013
External view of the bunker, January 2013
Internal view of the bunker, January 2013

RAAF 227 Radar Bunker is an air force bunker located in Yanchep, Western Australia.

In 1942, approval was granted for the establishment of radar equipment at Yanchep. The site became fully operational on 27 October 1943. The 227 Radar Unit was formed in August 1943 and was responsible for the operation of the radar, and reporting to the Western Australian Air Defence Headquarters. The unit was a combination of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) personnel.[1]

Two concrete huts, 40 metres apart, housed the radar equipment. The southern hut contained the transmitter and the northern hut the receiver. The daily unit operational occurrence reports do not record any actual tracking of enemy aircraft although the unit had the distinction of being responsible for the first genuine air raid alarm for the city of Perth.[1] Just after midday on 10 March 1944, radar operators observed multiple aircraft blips, some 150 miles to the north of Perth. Authorities decided that they could not wait any longer for positive confirmation of enemy activity and a full scale air raid alarm was sounded throughout the city of Perth. No aircraft were spotted, and a later investigation suggested it had been the result of enemy jamming.[1]

After Victory in the Pacific Day, 15 August 1945, personnel were progressively ordered out and the unit was finally disbanded after two years and one months service.[1]

In 1988, the army bunkers were classified in the Register of the National Estate. In 1987, army bunkers was classified by the National Trust of Australia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "State Heritage Register" (PDF). 2002. Retrieved 2013-01-20.