No 7 Squadron
Formed in England in the last year of World War I, No 7 Squadron was responsible for training reconnaissance aircrew for No 3 Squadron.
World War II saw No 7 Squadron Hudsons flying anti-submarine patrols and convoy escorts off Australia's east coast. After being re-equipped with Beauforts, No 7 Squadron moved to the Northern Territory, from where it conducted patrols over Australia's northern waters. Although these patrols were generally uneventful, squadron histories during this period record a successful attack on a Japanese submarine as well as the destruction of a number of Japanese "Jake" float planes.
After moving to New Guinea in October 1944, No 7 Squadron began attacks against Japanese positions as well as ferrying supplies to remote Australian forces.
In November 1944, No 7 Squadron Beauforts participated in the rescue of an American aircrew trapped behind Japanese lines. The squadron provided cover for a Catalina flying boat and performed its role of suppressing enemy fire so effectively that the crew was rescued without a single enemy shot being directed at them.
No 7 Squadron flew its last mission of the war on the 15 August 1945 when, hours before Japan's surrender, twelve aircraft struck targets in the Maprik area.back to top back to RAAF units page