No. 14 Squadron RAAF
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1940/41. Group of armourers with bombs and mechanisms, No. 14 Squadron RAAF - AWM P00296.034
Formed on 6 Feb 1939 as a maritime patrol squadron, with six Avro Anson aircraft, it conducted training exercises in preparation for the outbreak of war. it was based at RAAF Pearce, flying many patrols along the coast of WA including between Derby and Wyndham in late 1939. In January 1940, along with aircraft from No. 25 Squadron, a detachment of planes was based at Albany to protect a convoy carrying the 2nd AIF. This was repeated each time convoys needed maritime protection. During May 1940 the Avro Anson aircraft were replaced by Lockheed Hudson aircraft which had superior performance and were better suited to maritime patrol tasks.
From early 1941 the Squadron was tasked with providing anti-submarine patrols along the WA coast without ever sighting any. However, on 3 Mar 1942 a Hudson from the squadron was destroyed by Japanese aircraft in a raid on Broome. In December 1942 the squadron was re-equipped with Bristol Beaufort aircraft. On several occasions probable threats of enemy activity caused higher patrol workloads, but by 1945 patrol activity was declining and on 23 May 1945 the squadron ceased making regular anti-submarine patrols.
Following the war the squadron was disbanded at RAAF Pearce on 10 Dec 1945. During the war the squadron suffered the loss of 35 members through accidents.
- † Frank Keith Morcombe DFC 21 Jan - 18 Jun 1942
- † Arthur Matthew Aitken ?? - 9 Sep 1943
- † Edward Watling ?? - 15 Mar 1943 Killed in aircraft accident
- † Herman Fred Sass 13 Feb 1939 - 16 May 1940
- Frederick Matthew Howlett 28 Nov 1942 - 21 May 1944
- John Francis George Collins 29 May - 1 Sep 1944
- Laurence Harold Smith 20 Nov 1944 - 25 Nov 1945
- Oswald Francis Williams 15 Jun 1945 - 17 Oct 1945
- 1 x Distinguished Flying Cross and bar
- 1 x Mention n Despatches
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