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DESERT SCORPIONS

A HISTORY OF 459 SQUADRON RAAF - 1942-1945

LEON KANE-MAGUIRE

 

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      This is the story of 459 Squadron RAAF that was formed in Egypt in February 1942.

      The Squadron was initially equipped with Hudson aircraft and its operations ranged from anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols to shipping strikes, that included the sinking of U-boat U-97.

      Their operational role was closely linked to the fortunes of the see-sawing land battles in North Africa as they flew from inhospitable desert landing grounds, created from bare desert landscape.

      Air crew and ground staff alike, suffered sever privations, including sandstorms, flooding and air attacks. They suffered together to keep the aircraft operational.

      459 Squadron played a major and crucial part in the success of the Desert Air Force.

 

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