12 Squadron RAAF

A History of RAAF No. 12 Squadron

Evolution of the Chinook

Evolution of the Chinook

The Chinook is one of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, yet even now it remains a valuable asset on the field. In this video we look at the history of the Chinook, from it's first prototype to the latest proposed upgrade. In 1943, Frank Piasecki and Harold...

12SQN Chinook Discussion

12SQN Chinook Discussion

Special Thanks to Army Flying Museum at Oakey Note: In part 2, regards the Caribou life out of Telefomin in PNG - the Chinook was captained by SQNLD Ted Bach and co-pilot was Darryl Willcocks. They lifted to Wewak with 2 fuel stops en-route to MAUW with a max speed of...

12 Squadron Chinook Makes A Splash – September 1981

12 Squadron Chinook Makes A Splash – September 1981

By Dean Watson On the 7th September 1981, Chinook A15-008 crewed by FltLt Tib Kovaks and PltOff Dean Watson lifted a Brisbane tram off a flatbed trailer and released it just offshore from Tangalooma in Moreton Bay. It was to join some 25 other vessels there and become...

B-24 Liberator [A72]

B-24 Liberator [A72]

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial production aircraft were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s,...

Supermarine Walrus (Seagull V) [A2]

Supermarine Walrus (Seagull V) [A2]

The Supermarine Walrus (originally designated the Supermarine Seagull V) was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell and manufactured by Supermarine at Woolston, Southampton. The Walrus first flew in 1933, the...

Airco (de Havilland) DH.9 & DH.9A [A1 & A6]

Airco (de Havilland) DH.9 & DH.9A [A1 & A6]

The Airco DH.9 (from de Havilland 9) - also known after 1920 as the de Havilland DH.9 - was a British bomber used in the First World War. A single-engined biplane, it was a development of Airco's earlier, highly successful DH.4 and was ordered in very large numbers...

Boeing CH-47 Chinook [A15]

Boeing CH-47 Chinook [A15]

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a...

Avro Anson [A4]

Avro Anson [A4]

The Avro Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by the aircraft manufacturer Avro. Large numbers of the type served in a variety of roles for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Fleet Air Arm (FAA), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and numerous other air...

CAC Wirraway [A20]

CAC Wirraway [A20]

The CAC Wirraway was a training and general purpose military aircraft manufactured in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) between 1939 and 1946. It was an Australian development of the North American NA-16 training aircraft. The Wirraway has been...

Avro Lincoln [A73]

Avro Lincoln [A73]

The Avro Type 694, better known as the Avro Lincoln, was a British four-engined heavy bomber, which first flew on 9 June 1944. Developed from the Avro Lancaster, the first Lincoln variants were known initially as the Lancaster IV and V, but were renamed Lincoln I and...

Vultee A-31 Vengeance [A27]

Vultee A-31 Vengeance [A27]

The Vultee A-31 Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. A modified version was designated A-35. The Vengeance was not used in combat by the United States; it did see combat, however, with the British Royal Air Force, the Royal...

Hawker Demon [A1]

Hawker Demon [A1]

The Hawker Demon was a fighter variant of the Hart light bomber. During air defense exercises the RAF's Siskins and Bulldogs were often unable to intercept the new Hart bombers, which were sometimes instructed to restrict their height and speed in order to give the...

Charles Eaton

Charles Eaton

Charles Eaton, OBE, AFC (21 December 1895 – 12 November 1979) was a senior officer and aviator in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and later served as a diplomat. Born in London, he joined the British Army upon the outbreak of World War I and saw action on...

12 Squadron Darwin 1939

No. 12 Squadron began to move to Darwin in July 1939, with its advance party arriving there on the 24th of the month. The squadron was the first RAAF unit to be permanently based in the Northern Territory and was initially stationed at Darwin’s civil aerodrome. Seven...

Longest Flight in a Chinook 1980

Longest Flight in a Chinook 1980

In August 1980 A15-004 (which had been delivered to 12SQN in March 1974) undertook the longest CH47C flight (at the time) to Malaysia to retrieve a crashed RMAF S61 Nuri. The aircraft left Amberley on the 25th of October 1980 via the Timor Sea throught Indonesia and...

Teamwork in 12SQN

Teamwork in 12SQN

David "Hendo" Henderson talks about the teamwork he experienced working in 12 Squadron.