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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Aircraft Park, RAAF - August 1940

1 August 1940 to 31 August 1940 - GEELONG
Construction work on the hangar, buildings, barrack huts and aerodrome was completed by the end of the month. The erection of the wire fence around the Station and gates was also completed.
There were no deliveries of aircraft to the Station for erection during August 1940. The erection of those on strength was further accelerated and 38 of the 40 aircraft on strength were completed by 31/8/40.
Two aircraft, numbers P2169 and P2364 were fitted with Dual Control Conversion Sets for use in training on conversion courses.
On Wednesday 28/8/40, one aircraft, number P2169, was flown to General Reconnaissance Squadron, LAVERTON, on attachment, and on Thursday 29/8/40, three further aircraft, numbers L5387, L5403, and P2364.
Twenty four NCO's and ten airmen were attached to the unit during the month, for instruction in the overhaul and maintenance of Merlin engines and Battle aircraft, prior to their being posted to No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, EVANS HEAD HSW. An airframe, engine and petrol test flight from GEELONG to PARAFIELD and return, was successfully carried out. The journey was made on Sunday 18/8/40 to PARAFIELD, and the return trip to GEELONG on 20/8/40.

At the end of August 1940, the strength of the Unit was as follows:-
PERSONNEL:
(1) OFFICERS: 3
(2) AIRMEN: 170
AIRCRAFT:
FAIREY BATTLE: 36
(1) Awaiting erection. 1
(2) In course of erection. 1
(3) Serviceable. 33
(4) Unserviceable. 1
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