No. 92 Squadron RAAF

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No. 92 Squadron RAAF
Active 1945
Country Australia
Branch Royal Australian Air Force
Role Attack
Engagements World War II
Insignia
Squadron code OB[1]
Aircraft flown
Attack Bristol Beaufort
Bristol Beaufighter
Trainer Avro Anson

No. 92 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ground attack squadron of World War II. It was raised in May 1945 to operate Bristol Beaufighter aircraft, but had not completed its training by the end of the war in August and was disbanded the following month.

History[edit]

No. 92 Squadron was formed at Kingaroy, Queensland, on 25 May 1945.[2] Its first aircraft, an Avro Anson trainer, was delivered on 19 June followed by a Bristol Beaufort light bomber the next day. The squadron's intended aircraft, Bristol Beaufighter ground attack aircraft, began to arrive on 4 July.[3]

The squadron undertook little flying during the first months of its existence, but began flying training sorties using the Beaufighters from July 1945.[2][3] The end of the war on 15 August was marked by a two-day stand down and several celebratory events.[3]

The squadron began demobilising shortly after the end of the war.[3] Some flying continued, however, and one of No. 92 Squadron's Beaufighters struck high tension wires and crashed at Narrandera in southern New South Wales on 3 September. This accident resulted in the death of the pilot and six airmen from a RAAF repair and maintenance unit located in the town who were being taken on a joy flight. The Beaufighter had flown from Kingaroy to Narrandera several days earlier to transport another RAAF airman to his mother's funeral.[3][4] The squadron completed disbanding on 17 September 1945.[2][5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "RAAF Squadron Codes". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Eather 1995, p. 99.
  3. ^ a b c d e RAAF Historical Section 1995, p. 94.
  4. ^ "SEVEN AIRMEN KILLED.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 5 September 1945. p. 5. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "No 92 Squadron". RAAF Museum. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Eather, Steve (1995). Flying Squadrons of the Australian Defence Force. Weston Creek, ACT: Aerospace Publications. ISBN 1-875671-15-3. 
  • RAAF Historical Section (1995). Units of the Royal Australian Air Force. A Concise History. Volume 2 Fighter Units. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0-644-42794-9.