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460 Squadron RAAF Plaque

Description

Brass plaque dedicated to those who served in the Squadron, and the 1000 individuals who failed to return from operations during World War II.

The plaque displays the Squadron Crest, along with two Bomber Command Crests on the top corners.

Location
Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square, Brisbane Qld 4000

Location of 460 Squadron RAAF Plaque

Inscription

460 SQUADRON

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPE

WORLD WAR II

1939 [Squadron Crest] 1945

DEDICATED TO ALL WHO SERVED AND

IN MEMORY OF OUR THOUSAND WHO FAILED TO RETURN

Conflicts commemorated
Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit Memorials
Memorial type
Plaque
Commemorative services held
The Crypt is utilised for commemorative events.
Additional information

No. 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, was formed at Molesworth in the United Kingdom on 15 November 1941. The squadron became part of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command and joined the strategic bombing campaign against Germany. Equipped with Vickers Wellington bombers, it mounted its first raid, against the German city of Emden, on 12 March 1942.

In the ensuing three years the squadron was heavily committed to operations over Germany, Italy and German-occupied Europe. It operated, in succession, from airfields at Molesworth (15 November 1941 - 3 January 1942), Breighton (4 January 1942 - 14 May 1943), and Binbrook (14 May 1943 - 27 July 1945). Although it had originally been planned to re-equip the squadron with Handley Page Halifaxes in September 1942, it began operating Avro Lancasters in the following month and joined Bomber Command's 1 Group. The bulk of the squadron's operations formed part of the strategic bombing offensive against Germany, although prior to, and during, the D-Day landings in June 1944, it was employed in support of Allied ground operations. The squadron flew its last raid, against Berchtesgarden, on ANZAC Day 1945.

The squadron is regarded as having been the most efficient of the Australian bomber squadrons. The squadron, however, suffered heavily. It lost 181 aircraft on operations and suffered 1,018 fatal casualties (589 Australian) - the highest number of any of the Australian squadrons.

Battle Honours
Fortress Europe 1940-1944, France and Germany 1944-1945, Ruhr 1940-1945, Berlin 1940-1945, German Ports 1940-1945, Normandy 1944, Italy 1943-1945

(Source: Australian War Memorial - www.awm.gov.au)

Recorded by
Matt Smith, QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
14 April 2009

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