No. 82 Operational Base Unit RAAF

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Brief History

On 12 September 1944, 82 Operational Base Unit was established at 5 Personnel Depot, Subiaco. Western Australia. During October equipment and personnel arrived - the personnel from the disbanded 81 Operational Base Unit. The Unit commenced operations from Riverside Drive on 1 Nov 1944, and moved to Crawley Bay on 13 November, where it remained until disbandment. The Unit maintained visiting service flying boats and Qantas Catalinas, and the boats were used in torpedo recovery duties and supplying the radar station located on Rottnest Island.

During January 1946, boats and personnel from the Unit were involved in the disposal of Royal Air Force Catalina aircraft at the 'graveyard' off Rottnest Island. In addition, the boats also assLsted with the disposal of bombs off the island and during May 1946 the boats from 82 Operational Base Unit transported radar equipment and personnel from Rottnest Island to the mainland.

82 Operational Base Unit was disbanded on 16 July 1946.

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Content has come from Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History - Volume 1 Bases, Supporting Organisations - Australian Government Publishing Service - 1995 page 78

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