Australian Air Force joins Desert war

RAF Westland Lysanders

An official photograph of RAF Westland Lysander reconnaissance aircraft over the Suez canal in 1940.

No. 3 squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force became operational in Egypt on 3rd November 1940.

During the next four and a half years, 3 Squadron became one of the most active squadrons in the RAAF, quickly becoming a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to the conventional reconnaissance and ground attack roles of an army co-operation squadron, it defended ground forces and bombers from enemy aircraft, and conducted strikes against enemy shipping.

For more on 3 Squadron RAAF see Australian War Memorial

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