Title: Always First – The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942 – 1974

Author: Wilson, David

Condition: Near Mint

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1998

ISBN: 0642265259

Cover: Soft Cover with Dust Jacket – 163 pages

Comments: The concise story of the RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942 – 1974. Slight screase on cover. Now scarce.

Between 1941 and 1974 the Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Construction Squadrons operated under adverse physical conditions in peace and war. Forward airfields, vital to the aerial campaigns in the South-West Pacific, were developed, often under fire. In addition to the post-war development of facilities on the mainland, Airfield Construction Squadrons served with the occupation force in Japan, built the airfield at Butterworth during the Malayan Emergency and developed facilities at Phan Rang and Vung Tau in South Vietnam.

Always First is based on official records and personal memories. The organisation, development and manning of the force are detailed. Operations are described from an official and human perspective. The sometimes critical nature of relations with our American allies is discussed.

Signed by the author and named to previous owner (RAAF Squadron Leader) on the front end paper.

Includes Roll of Honour