The Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Association and the Maryborough Aero Club will host two events on Saturday, 14 August 2021 for Maryborough to celebrate the RAAF centenary milestone.
Fraser Coast Wings & Wheels activities at the Maryborough Airport including the RAAF Roulettes will culminate with a charity dinner in support of the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Association.
Join us at the Carriers Arms Hotel at 6pm for the RAAF Centenary Charity Dinner to mark this significant milestone, celebrate and share our unique military aviation history and raise capital to fund the development of the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum complex at the Maryborough Airport.
Guest speakers will provide insights into the Royal Australian Air Force's 100 years of service from the heritage and history to the air and space power capabilities of today's air force.
Maryborough is one many communities in Australia where thousands of men and women were pivotal to Australia’s defence during World War II.
On 31 March 2021, RAAF marked 100 years as an independent service.
By 1945, RAAF had over 182,000 personnel, 6,200 aircraft in 61 squadrons and was the fourth-largest air force in the world. Over 215,000 men and women served between 1939-45, and 9,870 lost their lives.
Under the Empire Training Scheme set up in December 1939, Maryborough was chosen as a base for Wireless Air Gunner School and Air Navigation School. In May 1945, the Royal Navy formed MONAB for training crew and the assembly of aircraft. HMS Nabstock arrived at RAAF Base Maryborough on 1 June 1945. Nine Royal Navy Air Squadrons were based at Maryborough.
At its peak of operation as RAAF Station Maryborough, there were 127 P1 Huts and several other buildings onsite. Today, there is only six P1 Huts and a Bellman hangar remaining.