The aircraft is overall canary Yellow with black anti-glare on the upper engine cowling



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April 1945 - May 1946
 

The personnel of 724 communication squadron at Mascot airport, Sydney with one of their initial 2 Beech Expeditor C. Mk,II aircraft. image courtesy of Raymond Playford ex AM(E) 724 NAS.

 

Formation and work-up

724 squadron formed at RNAS Bankstown on April 10th 1945 as a Naval Air Communications squadron under the command of Lieutenant (A) J.H.L. Evans RNVR. They received 2 Expeditor C.IIs from 723 squadron which that had been operating the communications flight until their arrival.

 

Operations in Australia

The squadron operated out of the nearby civil airport at Mascot as the grass surface at Bankstown was unsuitable for the heavy twin engine aircraft and received an additional 2 Anson Mk Is They operated regular flights to Melbourne, 5 times a week, and to RNAMY Archerfield 3 times, carting passengers and light stores. In the New Year the range and frequency of services was increased; the Archerfield service was extended, after an overnight stop the aircraft continued on to RNAS Maryborough, the most northern of the RN sites in Australia, a 1400-mile round trip. The Melbourne service became a daily one and from June six days a week a twice daily service to the Air Stations at Nowra and Jervis bay began. At its peak the squadron operated as many as 20 aircraft, each wearing its Australian radio call sign on the rear fuselage above the roundel – VJ-AAA to VJ-AAZ were allocated.

 

Disbanded

When RNAS Bankstown was closed on March 31st 1946 the squadron moved to nearby RNAS Schofields but was disbanded there two months later on May 31st



 

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Content revised: 09 April 2019

 

Sources used in compiling this account:

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995)'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Mobile Naval Air Base II - History of H.M.S. Nabberley

Mobile Naval Air Base VI - History of H.M.S. Nabstock

beech18-part-6.pdf  Information about individual aircraft and Australian civil radio call signs. Accessed  17 February 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

No badge issued
 

 

 

Battle Honours

None

 

Aircraft Types

Expeditor C. Mk,II Apr 1945 - May 1946

Anson Mk.I Jun 45 - May 1946

 

Commanding Officers

Lt. (A) J.H.L. Evans RNVR 10 Apr 1945

Squadron disbanded 31 May 1946

 

Aircrew and Squadron Personnel

 

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