On this day

On this day
13 August

1921 — “Royal” prefix added to Australian Air Force title

1940 — Ten people, including three members of the Australian Cabinet, Chief of General Staff Sir C. White, and other Senior Officers, are killed in aircraft crash near Canberra, later known as the Canberra Air Disaster. The Air Base, RAAF Base Fairbairn, is named after James Valentine Fairbairn, Minister for Air and Civil Aviation, one of those Caninet Ministers killed in the crash

1941 — Government approves formation of Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS)