From Labuan to Japan: The Peacetime Casualties of No. 81 Wing, RAAF
The unconditional surrender of Imperial Japan on 2 September 1945 officially ended the bloody carnage of the Second World War. However, for the men of No. 81 (Fighter) Wing, RAAF, it merely catalysed a shift in operational focus. Sadly, despite the peace, the Wing would continue to lose men and aircraft in tragic and often horrific circumstances.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive