No 1 Squadron returned from Malaya

On this day, five Lincoln bombers of No 1 Squadron arrived at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, under command of Wing Commander K.V. Robertson, after an absence from Australia of eight years spent bombing the jungle hideouts of Communist Terrorists in Malaya. The return flight home entailed a tour of Australian cities, beginning at Darwin and taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, before finally reaching the unit’s home base. On hand to greet the Lincoln crews when they arrived at RAAF Base Laverton, outside Melbourne, on 13 July was Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams, first Commanding Officer of 1 Squadron in 1916. During nearly 4000 sorties flown in Malaya, the unit delivered 14 385 tonnes of bombs which was 85 per cent of the total tonnage dropped during the campaign. At Amberley, 1 Squadron began retiring its Lincoln Mk 30s and replacing them with Canberra jet bombers.

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