No. 40 Zone Filter Centre RAAF

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Brief History

A part of Australia's radar defence system, No. 40 Zone Filter Centre was formed at No. 5 Embarkation Depot in Perth on 1 Sep 1942. The advance party travelled to Broome aboard the MV Koolinda, arriving on 19 Sep 1942. The unit occupied six houses in Broome, and established its operations room in the Catholic orphanage. (The Orphanage had relocated to Beagle Bay when Broome was declared a military town.) On 10 Jan 1944, a fire broke out west of the aerodrome, and RAAF personnel were used to control it. On 17 February 1943, a member of the unit was accidentally killed during a practice shoot at Cable Beach.

On 27 January 1945, the unit became Air Defence Headquarters, Broome.

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Content has come from Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History - Volume 5 Radar Units - Australian Government Publishing Service - 1995 page 152

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