Title: The Anzac Squadron – The History of the RAAF 461 Squadron – Sunderland Flying Boats formed in 1942 to attack U-Boats.
Author: Ashworth, Norman
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1994
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 275 pages
Comments: The detailed history of No. 461 Squadron, RAAF during World War II.
The Anzac Squadron is the story of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, formed in Britain on Anzac Day 1942. The Sunderland Flying Boat Squadron spent the next three years opposing Admiral Doenitz’s U Boats in the battle of the Atlantic.
The young Australian and British air crew flew their boats in search of the ever-elusive U Boats while the Luftwaffe JU88 fighters hunted the hunters.
From this combination came both excitement and tragedy. This is a story not only of the moments of excitement that punctuated the otherwise long monotonous patrols but also back at base where aircrew and ground staff alike had to face the rigours of wartime Britain, far from their homes and loved ones. It is a story told largely by those who took part, in their own way and in their own words.
Norman Ashworth was a career officer in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1951 to 1988. During that time he flew extensively as a pilot in anti-submarine aircraft and for a time commanded the RAAF’s No.10 (Maritime Reconnaissance) Squadron which during World War II had also operated Sunderland Flying Boats. In this book he has combined his interest in military history with a professional background in long range maritime aircraft operations to provide a fresh perspective on this episode in the heritage of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Includes operational casualties, operational summary, along with the members of the unit.