RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942-1974

Always First David Wilson The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942-1974

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Always First David Wilson The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942-1974 by D Wilson
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"Between 1942 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 occupational 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.

Air Vice-Marshal John Lessels' foreword adds a personal insight to post-war operations and the developments in the field since the final construction unit was disbanded in 1974.

This book is a long-overdue tribute to the unsung heroes of the RAAF's Airfield Construction Squadrons."



Data sheet

Book Condition:
has an old penned name now white out front entry page otherwise near new
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft cover with stiff dust jacket fold
Total Pages:
163
Publication Date:
1998

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