A chance remark made by Mr Alf Wilson (an ex Marine Section and post war Permanent Warrant Officer) at a Re-Union in May 1995 introduced me to the “MARINE SECTION” and a facet of the Royal Australian Air Force that I was quite unaware.
As a nineteen year, newly Graduated Pilot, I was posted to the United Kingdom so had no contact with the operations against the Japanese during WW2. Many ex RAAF Personnel, who were involved in the war in the Pacific or to the north West Region also had no recollection of the wide ranging roles and activities of the Marine Section.
Extensive enquiries failed to locate any books written about the Marine Section so started my search to discover the details that could give me an understanding of the role played by the Personnel and their vessels during WW2.
This account is the result of my findings, but it only reflects a small example of what essentially was duplicated in many Bases, and small, isolated Units of the Royal Australian Air Force "Marine Section" in the 1930's, during WW2, and the post-war period up to the disbandment.
The Rank abbreviations used in this book differ greatly to those used during WW2
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