No. 5 Embarkation Depot RAAF
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Six Embarkation Depots, later known as Personnel Depots, were established by the RAAF during World War 2. The principal function of these Depots was to house personnel awaiting embarkation for overseas posts and to ensure that, before departure, they were medically and dentally fit, vaccinated, inoculated and properly equipped. RAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force and Netherlands East Indies Air Force personnel, wives of personnel and Empire Air Training Scheme personnel were also processed through these units.
The No. 5 Embarkation Depot was formed at No. 5 School of Technical Training, Perth, on 10 Apr 1941. The Depot moved to Fremantle Boys' School and Princess May Girls' School in Fremantle on 14 July 1942, followed by a move to Salvado Road, Subiaco, on 2 December. The Depot's name changed in April 1944 to No.5 Personnel Depot.
At the end of September 1946, sections of the Depot were established at Pearce, ANA House and Karrakatta, to carry out discharge and recruiting duties. No. 5 Personnel Depot ceased to function as a unit on 25 September 1946, and was disbanded.
- Robert Alexander MacLean 29 Jul 1941 - 8 Jun 1942 - 5 Embarkation Depot
- Dora Terry 5 Personnel Depot
Personnel proceeding overseas or being reposted
- Roy Thomas Aston Wallis 29 May - 4 Jul 1941
- † Alan Wesley Hain 21 Jun - 8 Sep 1941
- Clifford Stanley Douglas 6 - 16 Jul 1941
- Gerard Henzell Straughan Hemy 5 Aug - 8 Sep 1941
- Maxwell Kenneth Ottaway 7 Nov 1941 - 17 Aug 1942
- Roy Joseph Smith 29 Sep - 9 Nov 1941
- † Leslie John (Jock) Powell DFC 10 Feb - 15 Mar 1942
- William James (Jim) Morcombe 3 - 25 Jun 1942
- † Edward Watling 29 Jul - 20 Aug 1942
- † Ernest Ronald William Oliver 15 Apr - 15 May 1943
- Oswald Francis Williams 6 May - 25 Jul 1943 - 5 Embarkation Depot
- Edward Trayton Elvish 27 Jul - 8 Sep 1943
- Ivan Lindsay Dunn 26 Nov 1943 - 21 Jan 1944 & 8 Sep - 22 Dec 1944
See also No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF
Content comes from Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History - Vol 9 Ancillary Units Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995