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No 79 Squadron

Formed at Laverton, Victoria in April 1943, No 79 Squadron deployed to Goodenough Island two months later. The Squadron's Spitfires conducted fighter sweeps and bomber escorts for the remainder of the year, recording three confirmed enemy 'kills'.

In 1944 the Squadron's flying operations intensified, however, mechanical failure and crash landings on the water logged landing strip resulted in the loss of a number of aircraft and pilots during this period.

In January 1945, No 79 Squadron moved south to Darwin but was in action a month later on the island of Morotai. After Japan's surrender the Squadron moved to Queensland where it disbanded on 12 November 1945.

Reforming in 1962, No 79 Squadron proceeded to Ubon, Thailand where it was to help resist an expected invasion of Thailand by North Vietnamese forces. Although no attack eventuated, the Squadron's Sabres were kept fully armed, maintaining a state of constant operational readiness.

After five years in Thailand No 79 Squadron was disbanded, however 18 years later, the Squadron reformed for a short period at Butterworth Malaysia, following No 3 Squadron's return to Australia for re-equipping with the F/A-18 Hornet. Equipped with Mirage jet fighters No 79 Squadron participated in numerous air defence exercises and represented the RAAF's last permanent fighter presence in Malaysia. No 79 Squadron disbanded again on 30 June 1988.

The Squadron was reformed in 1998 and is now located at RAAF Base Pearce, WA. The Squadron operated Macchi aircraft from 1998 until the introduction of the BAE Hawk in 2000, and conducts Introductory Fast Jet Flying for RAAF pilots newly graduated from No 2 Flying Training School using the Hawk Mk 127 Aircraft; Hawk Refresher and Instructor Conversion Courses for previously converted Fighter Pilots; Introductory Strike Navigation Courses for Navigators proceeding to F-111's; Fleet support to Navy Operations, and Close Air Support

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