12 Squadron RAAF

A History of RAAF No. 12 Squadron

Airco DH.9A

Airco DH.9A

The Airco DH.9A was a British single-engined light bomber designed and first used shortly before the end of the First World War. It was a development of the unsuccessful Airco DH.9 bomber, featuring a strengthened structure and, crucially, replacing the under-powered...

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later renamed Boeing Helicopter, then Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, and now known as the Vertical...

Avro Anson

Avro Anson

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

CAC Wirraway

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

Avro Lincoln

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

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

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,...

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

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 operationally by the United States, but was operated as a front-line aircraft by the British Royal Air...

Supermarine Seagull

Supermarine Seagull

The Supermarine Seagull was a amphibian biplane flying boat designed and produced by the British aircraft manufacturer Supermarine. It was developed from the experimental Supermarine Seal II. Development of the Seagull started during 1920; it heavily drew upon the...

Hawker Demon

Hawker Demon

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.

Yacht Rescue

Yacht Rescue

On the 26th of April, 1989, a 12SQN Chinook came to the rescue of a disabled yacht 100nm off the Queensland coast. Crew on the mission:Captain - Grant Frost; Copilot - Glen Foster; Loadmaster - Neil McCamish; Flight Engineer - Peter Renton; Medical Officer - Greg...

Chinook Crash 1984

Chinook Crash 1984

The Canberra Times, Tuesday, February 5, 1985: An RAF officer was seriously ill in hospital last night after an RAAF Chinook crashed into a dam on the Darling Downs in south-cast Queensland yesterday morning. Flight Lieutenant Charles Chubb was one of four in the...

Chinook Displays

Chinook Displays

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. In the video below David Henderson talks about some of these opportunities to display the Chinook.

12 SQN Disbanding

12 SQN Disbanding

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.