•  The RAAF played a prominent part in the Allied campaign to drive back the Japanese in the South West Pacific. 

    During the Second World War RAAF flying squadrons were identified by an alphabetic code. Between 1939 and early 1943, aircraft flown in Australia or the South West Pacific were marked with a single letter. RAAF aircraft flying in Malaya, Europe and the Middle East were marked with RAF codes that consisted of a group of three letters, two to identify the squadron and one to identify an individual aircraft. Thus, within an individual squadron an aircraft was referred to by the phonetic equivalent of its code letter. For example, the Memorial's Lancaster bomber is marked with AR-G. AR was the two letter code for 460 Squadron RAAF and G signified the sixth aircraft in that squadron. Following the phonetic alphabet of the time, the aircraft was known to the squadron as 'G for George'. In early 1943, the RAP coding system was adopted for use on RAAF aircraft in Australia and the South West Pacific. Squadron codes were abandoned after the Second World War.

     

    RAAF squadron codes: Australia and Pacific, 1939 - 1943

    Squadron Code
    1 A
    2 B
    3 C
    4 D
    5 E
    6 F
    7 G
    8 H
    9 J
    10 K
    11 L
    12 M
    13 N
    14 P
    21 R
    22 S
    23 T
    24 U, M
    Communication Flight Y
    Survey Flight Z

    RAAF squadron codes: Malaya, Middle East and Europe, 1939 - 1945, & Australia and Pacific, 1943 - 1945

    Squadron Code
    1 US, NA
    2 KO
    3 CV
    4 QE
    5 BF
    6 FX
    7 KT
    8 NN, UV
    9 YQ
    10 RB
    11 FJ
    12 NH
    13 SF
    14 PN
    15 DD
    18 (NEI AF) GM
    20 RB
    21 GA, MJ
    22 DU
    23 NV
    24 GR, M
    25 SJ
    30 LY
    31 EH
    32 JM
    33 BT
    34 FD
    35 BK
    36 RE
    37 OM
    38 PK
    40 HF
    41 DQ
    42 RK
    43 OX
    54 (RAF) DL
    60 EY
    66 JN
    67 MK
    71 PP
    73 NJ
    75 GA
    76 SV
    77 AM
    78 HU
    79 UP
    80 BU
    82 FA
    83 MH
    84 LB
    85 SH
    86 MP
    87 QK
    92 OB
    93 SK
    99 UX
    100 QH
    102 BV
    107 JE
    119 (NEI) MV
    120 (NEI) RR
    450 OK
    451  
    452 UD
    453 TD (Malaya)
    FU (UK)
    455 UB
    456 RX
    457 XB, ZP
    458 MD, FU
    459 GK
    460 UV
    AR (Nov 43-)
    461 UT
    462 Z5
    463 PO
    JOP (Nov 43-)
    464 SB
    466 HD
    467 PO
    548 (RAF) TS
    549 (RAF) ZF
    1 Communications Unit EV
    2 Communications Unit JU
    3 Communications Unit DB
    4 Communications Unit VM
    5 Communications Unit KF
    6 Communications Unit XJ
    7 Communications Unit YB
    8 Communications Unit ZA
    11 Communications Unit HM
    9 Local Air Supply Unit TX
    10 Local Air Supply Unit UB
    12 Local Air Supply Unit TA
    Survey Flight SU
    111 Air-Sea Rescue Flight KP
    112 Air-Sea Rescue Flight LJ
    113 Air-Sea Rescue Flight NR
    200 Flight NX
    201 Flight LV
    16 Air Observation Post Flight NF
    17 Air Observation Post Flight KV