INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
The main Australian naval aviation unit was No. 9 Squadron RAAF. It was originally a pre-war squadron which first formed on 1 July 1925 as 101 (Fleet Co-operation) Flight and flew off HMAS Albatross. In August 1936, it was renamed 5 (Fleet Co-Operation) Squadron and again in January 1939 was renamed to 9 (Fleet Co-operation) Squadron.
At the commencement of WW2 the squadron was resurrected, and equipped
with Walruses and Seagull Vs which were embarked on Royal Australian Navy
provide reconnaissance, anti-submarine and artillery spotting for the Australian Navy. No. 9 Squadron saw service in all theatres of war on RAN ships. Its Commanding Officers were RAAF and its observers including Lieutenant Commanders and TAGs were RAN.
After the declaration of war in September, 1939 several Walruses and their crews - embarked with their Australian cruisers - found themselves in the Mediterranean where they continued serve until early 1942. With the entry of Japan into the War in December 1942, the Australian cruisers returned to the Pacific theatre where they could play a direct role in the defence of Australia.
During the War, No. 9 Squadron personnel were lost in a number of ships in which they were embarked. When HMAS Sydney was lost with all hands in an action on 19 November 1941, six squadron members were among those killed. Six RAAF personnel were on HMAS Perth when she was torpedoed on 1 March 1942 by Japanese forces. Threee RAAF personnel were killed when the ship sunk in the Sundra Strait, and the remaining three were taken POW and one of which died in captivity.
In a night action off Guadalcanal on 8 August 1942, five Squadron personnel were killed and a further two wounded when HMAS Canberra was sunk on 9 August 1942.
The squadron was finally disbanded on 31 December 1944.
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
Commanding officers were RAAF. The highest ranking RAN personnel included:
Aircraft Walrus Seagull V Ships and Squadron bases HMAS Albatross HMAS Sydney HMAS Australia HMAS Canberra HMAS Perth The Squadron Today
Last disbandment in February 1989
Associations and Reunions
See Squadron website
FURTHER INFORMATION No 9 squadron RAAF Association website Details of history, aircraft, honour roll, association etc. HMAS Perth National association Detailed website about the ship and her crews Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8 Australian squadron histories: 817 squadron Australian FAA 817 squadron website