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No 71 Squadron

No 71 Squadron, equipped with Ansons, formed at Lowood, Queensland in January 1943. Operating from a number of bases along the East Coast, the Squadron conducted anti-submarine patrols and convoy escort missions off eastern Australia.

Although few submarine sightings were made, an Anson did bomb a suspected Japanese submarine in March 1943, however, the crew was unable to confirm if this attack was successful.

Other activities that were carried out before the Unit was disbanded in August 1944 included a number of air sea rescue missions, and exercises conducted in co-operation with the Army and Navy.

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