List of Royal Australian Air Force Communication Units

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Members of No. 7 Communication Unit with a Vultee Vengeance aircraft (left), an Avro Anson aircraft (centre) and an A71-14 Norseman aircraft (right). These three types of aircraft were used by many Communication Units.

During and shortly after World War II the Royal Australian Air Force formed 13 Communication Units. These flight-sized units performed a wide range of support roles including transport, supplying isolated garrisons and supporting training. The Communication Units typically operated small numbers of several types of aircraft.

Summary list of RAAF Communication Units
Name Formed Disbanded Area of operations Remarks
No. 1 Communication Unit 1 Nov 1939 22 Jul 1948 Victoria Provided VIP transport from September 1944
No. 2 Communication Unit 2 Dec 1940 15 Jul 1944 New South Wales
No. 3 Communication Unit 30 Jun 1942 28 Feb 1946 New South Wales
No. 4 Communication Unit 7 Sep 1942 16 Apr 1946 Queensland
No. 5 Communication Unit 1 Dec 1942 9 Mar 1946 North Queensland
No. 6 Communication Unit 8 Dec 1942 30 Dec 1945 Northern Territory
No. 7 Communication Unit 24 Dec 1943 31 May 1946 Western Australia
No. 8 Communication Unit 4 Nov 1943 4 Mar 1946 New Guinea Formed from No. 1 Rescue and Communications Squadron
No. 9 Communication Unit 4 Nov 1943 10 May 1946 New Guinea, Borneo Formed from No. 1 Rescue and Communications Squadron
No. 10 Communication Unit 11 Sep 1944 17 Nov 1944 Bougainville Island
No. 11 Communication Unit 13 Mar 1945 February 1946 Netherlands East Indies
No. 13 Communication Unit 17 Jul 1945 23 Oct 1945 Queensland No aircraft issued
No. 30 Communication Unit 1 Nov 1950 10 Mar 1953 Korea Redesignated No. 30 Transport Unit in November 1951,
and No. 36 (Transport) Squadron in March 1953

References[edit]

  • RAAF Historical Section (1995), Units of the Royal Australian Air Force. A Concise History. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.