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RAAF - No. 6 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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6 SQUADRON RAAF - Reconnaissance, Lockheed Hudson

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6 Squadron was formed at Richmond on 1 January 1939, when 4 Squadron RAAF was renumbered to 6 Squadron RAAF. The Commanding Officer was Wing Commander D.E.L. Wilson. 4 Squadron RAAF had been formed at Richmond on 3 May 1937.

6 Squadron's Mk. 1 Avro Ansons were used for general reconnaissance activities. On 26 August 1939, eight Avro Ansons from 6 Squadron were involved in a search for the German freighter "Lehner" which had escaped from Sydney Harbour the previous night.

The squadron was re-equipped with Lockheed Hudson aircraft in April 1940. When Australia declared war with Japan in December 1941, the Hudsons of 6 Squadron increased their number of anti-submarine and general reconnaissance patrols.

See Google for more about 6 Squadron RAAF in 1940.

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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

17/06/1940: ?. 1 Plane lost, 2 KIA

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17/06/1940: ?

Type: Lockheed Hudson
Serial number: ?
Operation: ?
Lost: 17/06/1940
Flight Lieutenant James B.D. Hamilton, RAAF 3, [6 Sqn], age 29, 17/06/1940, Geelong Eastern Cemetery, Australia
Place of Death: Sydney. Cause of Death: Accident
Pilot Officer Wallace M.N. Stewart, RAAF, [6 Sqn], age 22, 17/06/1940, Northern Suburbs General Cemetery, Australia
Place of Death: Sydney. Cause of Death: Accident

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6 Squadron RAAF
Air of Authority
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australia at War
Australian War Memorial
Bail-outs for 1940
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Digger History - (ANZAC) Australia and New Zealand at War
No 6 Squadron - RAAF Museum
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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Steve Eather, Flying Squadrons of the Australian Defence Force

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Air Aces
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots

Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Håkans aviation page (from Sweden, in English)
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2 aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
De Slag om de Grebbeberg
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway
The Lancastershire Aircraft Investigation Team
Luftfahrt-Archäologie in Schleswig Holstein (in German)
North East Diary 1939-1945
Wartime Leicester and Leicestershire

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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This page is dedicated to the men of 6 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force.

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to