5 squadron

Operational History and Background
Between the first and second world wars, a number of RAN officers were trained as pilots but that training ceased when the RAAF won that control of Australian naval aviation and the RAAF provided aircraft, maintainers and pilots, the RAN provided ships, observers and Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAG).

No 5 Squadron RAAF was initially a pilot training squadron in England starting in September 1917 using Fighter Scouts, with disbandment in May 1919. In April 1936, it was reformed again as a naval aviation squadron, flying Seagull V aircraft and also embarked on HMAS Albatross. It remained in this role until 1 January 1939, when No. 5 Squadron was renamed 9 (Fleet Co-Operation) Squadron and later 5 (Army Co-Operation) equipped with Wirraway and later flew in Bouganville, Papua New Guinea), flying Boomerangs and later Kittyhawks.

Battle Honours

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel


  • Seagull V
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    HMAS Albatross
    The Squadron Today
    Associations and Reunions
    No information
    No 9 squadron RAAF Association website
    Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8  
            Last Modified: 23-5-2001


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