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No 82 Squadron

Initially equipped with Kittyhawk and Airacobra fighters, No 82 Squadron formed at Bankstown, New South Wales in June 1943. In May 1944, No 82 Squadron relocated to Ross River airfield near Townsville where the squadron participated in training exercises with Army units until its redeployment to New Guinea in August. Soon after their arrival, No 82 Squadron flew its first combat mission bombing and strafing targets at Sorong. Ground attack operations as well as barge sweeps along the New Guinea coast became the focus of the Squadron's efforts for the next six months. In 1945 the Squadron moved to Morotai, from where it flew convoy patrols around Borneo and assisted ground forces in operations against by-passed Japanese garrisons.

June 1945 saw No 82 Squadron operating from Labuan Island providing close air support to Australian troops during the Borneo operations. No 82 Squadron's most successful strike during this period occurred in mid August when several Kittyhawks caught Japanese aircraft about to take off from Kuching airfield. Four enemy aircraft were destroyed and two others damaged before the fighters turned their attention to barge traffic on the Sarawak River.

Almost as soon as hostilities ceased No 82 Squadron was informed that it would form part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force that was to garrison a defeated Japan. The Unit converted to Mustangs and in March 1946, moved to Bofu in Japan. No 82 Squadron was engaged on surveillance patrols over Japan until it was disbanded at Iwakuni on 22 October 1948.

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