78 Squadron RAAF

Kittyhawk Fighters RAAF  WWII

Campaigns

13 Nov 1943 –


Kiriwina Island:

Mainly provided air cover for strike forces into New Britain and adjacent islands. Some bombing and strafing operations.


12 Jan 1944 –


Newton strip Nadzab:

Provide air cover for bomber forces (USAAF) and Vengeances (RAAF) and close support for AIF.


21 Mar 1944 –


Cape Gloucester, New Britain:

Harassing of enemy forces together with bombing and strafing targets of opportunity.


24 Apr 1944 –


Aitape, New Guinea:

Primarily to provide air cover for landings at Hollandia by US forces after US Naval withdrawal & bombing & strafing targets of opportunity.


15 May 1944 –


Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea:

Provide air cover for the landings at Biak and adjacent islands with bombing and strafing targets of opportunity.


20 Jul 1944 –


Noemfoor Island:

Deny enemy use of airfields, destroying use of water and land transport and disrupt communications.


23 Dec 1944 –


Morotai Island: Deny enemy use of airfields, destroying use of water and land transport and disrupt communications.



18 Jul 1945 –

Tarakan Island, Borneo:

Provide close support for AIF landing in Borneo, deny enemy use of airfields and bomb and strafe targets of opportunity.


17 Dec 1945  – Deniliquin, NSW: Maintain a nucleus for future squadron expansion.


31 May 1946 – Schofields, NSW: Expand and consolidate a post-war fighter squadron.


5   Aug 1946 – Williamtown, NSW: Provide training of an operational fighter squadron.

HISTORY :                                           Formed 20 July 1943 at Camden, NSW

Aircraft Kittyhawk P-40N, Mustang CA-17