No. 9 Squadron
|During the Second World War 9 (Fleet Cooperation) Squadron flew Supermarine Seagull Mk II aircraft from land bases and ships at sea. 9 Squadron had aircraft serve with HMAS Australia at Dakar during the neutralisation of Vichy French forces; HMAS Perth on patrols in the Mediterranean Sea and the Sunda Straits; and HMAS Canberra in support of the US Marines landing at Guadalcanal. The squadron also lost a Seagull aircraft and all crew flying from HMAS Sydney, when the vessel was sunk off the coast of Western Australia in November 1941.|
In January 1943 the squadron moved to Bowen in Queensland and performed patrols and reconnaissance. By the end of 1943, with half of Australia's cruisers lost and carrier-borne aircraft taking over the role of the Seagull, 9 Squadron was withdrawn and disbanded on 31 December 1944.
|Related conflicts||Second World War, 1939-1945|