No. 6 Service Flying Training School RAAF

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Aerial views of Mallala airfield and No. 6 SFTS
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Brief History

This unit was established in Mallala, South Australia on 25 Aug 1941. Early operations were suspended until the airfield could be made serviceable following very heavy rain. Rain, fog, and strong winds would regularly delay or curtail flying operations. The first three Avro Anson aircraft arrived on 10 Sep 1941, and another six, two days later. Flying training commenced on 23 Sep 1941 and 2,178 trainees were to graduate before training ceased in September 1945.

In addition to training, the unit provided aircrew for No. 70 (Reserve) Squadron and undertook co-operation exercises with Army units over Adelaide. Five aircraft from the unit crashed with the loss of 7 lives before training ceased on 1 Jan 1946.

An Anson after its undercarriage failed at Mallala, Feb 1945


Ground Crew



Content for the history and honours sections has come "Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History - Volume 8 Training Units" Australian Government Publishing Service 1995.

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