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No 34 Squadron

Formed as a transport squadron in February 1942, No 34 Squadron was composed of an assortment of aircraft including Dragons, Ansons and Tiger Moths. Operating from remote Northern Territory airfields, No 34 Squadron continued its courier role until its disbandment in December 1942.

Reforming in South Australia during January 1943, No 34 Squadron was re-equipped with Dakotas four months later. The arrival of these robust and efficient aircraft allowed general freight and troop carrying operations to be extended throughout Australia, and into much of South East Asia.

After Japan's surrender, No 34 Squadron evacuated Australian POWs from Singapore and commenced courier flights to Japan in support of the Allied occupation of that country. In February 1946, No 34 Squadron returned to Australia, disbanding at Richmond four months later.

No 34 Squadron was reformed in March 1948 as a VIP transport and reconnaissance Unit, principally support of the various activities undertaken at the Woomera rocket range in South Australia.

A new phase began for No 34 Squadron in July 1959 when it was tasked with providing VIP transport for Australia's leading citizens and visiting dignitaries.

As a VIP squadron the Unit has carried members of the Royal Family, foreign dignitaries, heads of state, the Australian governor-general and politicians. During this period, No 34 Squadron operated a wide variety of aircraft in the VIP transport role, including Vickers Viscounts, Convair Metropolitans, BAC 111, HS748, Mystere Falcon 20 and Falcon 900.

With its modern Boeing BBJ and Challenger CL 604 aircraft and an outstanding record for safety and efficiency, No 34 Squadron continues to provide a high standard of special transport for the Australian government.

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