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Governor General to present the Queen's standard to RAAF squadron



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FRIDAY. APRIL 27. 1975 No. 69/73

GOVERNOR GENERAL· TO PRESENT THE QUEEN’S

STANDARD TO RAAF SQUADRON

(Statement by the Acting Brime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon. L. H. Barnard, MP)

The Governor-General (Sir Paul Hasluck) will

present the Queen's Standard to No. 34 Squadron, RAAF,during

a parade at RAAF Base, Fairbairn, on Sunday (April 29» 1973).

The Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Defence,

Mr. lance Barnard, said today The Standard was awarded to the

Squadron by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of 25 years

of service by the Squadron in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Battle Honours selected for inscription on The

Standard are: Pacific, 1942-1945; Darwin, 1942-1944; Dutch

New Guinea, Morotai, Borneo, 1945.

The parade will commence on the arrival of the

Governor-General and lady Hasluck at 3.15 pm.

Before presentation of The Standard by the Governor

General, it will be consecrated by the Principal Air Chaplains

of the RAAF.

NOTE FOR EDITORS: A short history of 34 Squadron is attached.

ENQUIRIES

TE1EFH0NE: 652505 - 652509 (working hours)

480476 (after hours)

HISTORY

No. 34 (Transport) Squadron was formed at Darwin

on February 23, 1942. Originally equipped with two Dragon

D.H.84A aircraft, the Squadron's pilots later flew Dakota

aircraft in the South-West Pacific in the war against Japan.

At the end of the war, the Squadron's aircraft were mirved to

Singapore to uplift prisoners-of-war and civilian internees

from camps in Sumatra, Java and Siam. The Squadron was

disbanded in 1946, but re-formed in 1948 to carry out a peace­

time role of providing courier services, photo reconnaissance,

VIP transport, ambulance mercy flights, security patrols,

general reconnaissance and squadron training. At that time

. the S q u M r o n flew Anson, Dakota, Auster, Viking, Bristol

Freighters and Percival Prince aircraft out of Mallala, South

Australia. The Squadron was again disbanded in 1955, but

re-formed at RAAF F a i r b a i m as No. 34 (VIP) Fli^it in March,

1956. later it was re-titled No. 34 (Special Transport)

Squadron, and in June, 1963, the title of the Squadron was

condensed to No. 34 Squadron. Today, the Squadron flies BAG-111

Mystere 20 and H.S.748 aircraft. It is distinguished not only

for its high standing and efficiency, but by reason of the

fact that it has numbered among its passengers Queen Elizabeth,

Prince Philip, other members of the Royal Family, governors—

general, prime ministers, cabinet ministers and a host of

other very important persons. .