Always First: The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942–1974
Publish Date: 1998
Author(s): David Wilson
ISBN 10: 0 642 26525 9
Price: $16.00 (for hard copy)
Between 1941 and 1974 the Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Construction Squadrons operated under adverse physical conditions in peace and war. Forward airfields, vital to the aerial campaigns in the South-West Pacific, were developed, often under fire. In addition to the post-war development of facilities on the mainland, Airfield Construction Squadrons served with the occupation force in Japan, built the airfield at Butterworth during the Malayan Emergency and developed facilities at Phan Rang and Vung Tau in South Vietnam.
Always First is based on official records and personal memories. The organisation, development and manning of the force are detailed. Operations are described from an official and human perspective. The sometimes critical nature of relations with our American allies is discussed.
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