12 Squadron of the RAAF
No. 12 Squadron
No. 12 Squadron Formation
Gunnery and bombing training
June 1, 1940
Dec 8, 1941
Feb 19, 1942
Japanese Air Raid
No. 12 Squadron gradually moved to Merauke between September and November 1943, and continued to be employed mainly in maritime patrols. The squadron’s only contact with the Japanese during its period at Merauke took place on 9 October when a Vengeance unsuccessfully attacked a float plane
No. 85 Wing
No. 12 Squadron suffered 27 fatalities during World War II.
1973 – 1989
1980, 8 ship formation of 12 SQN fly past. “We only got 8 ships airborne by managing the 2 a/c that were being swapped out of heavy maintenance at 3AD. There was always one in heavy maintenance so normally could only get 7 flying together if all were serviceable at the same time. A very rare event!” – Marc Mac
Chinook A15-001 crashed into Perseverance Dam near Toowoomba.
The Chinook is an impressive aircraft at air shows and 12 Squadron was able to show off their flying skills at a number of events..
Dramatic rescue of a family from the disabled yacht “Tiraumea”, 100nm east of Coolangatta, Queensland.
Due to the need to reduce defence expenditure, the Australian government decided to retire the Chinook helicopters in 1989. Following the retirement of the Chinooks on 30 June 1989, No. 12 Squadron was disbanded on 25 August 1989.
5th Aviation Regiment
4 of the ex-RAAF CH-47Cs were upgraded to CH-47D standard and assigned to ‘C’ Squadron of the Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment from 1995.