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No.9 Squadron was responsible for the amphibious aircraft carried on the cruisers of the Royal Australian Navy. It was formed in January 1939 and was equipped with the Walrus.
The squadron was thus split between different ships and its crews had the same experiences as their ship. At first most of the squadron's aircraft were on ships serving in the Mediterranean, but after the Japanese entry into the war in December 1941 the Australian ships were called back to the Pacific.
The squadron suffered several losses in action. The first came on 19 November when six members of the squadron went down with HMAS Sydney. On 8 August five men were killed and two wounded when HMAS Canberra was sunk during a night battle off Guadalcanal. Five more men were lost when HMAS Perth was lost in the Sunda Strait.
1939-45: Supermarine Walrus
Squadron Codes: -
1939-1945: Amphibious spotter planes for RAN cruisers
Short: Amphibious spotter planes for RAN cruisers 1939-45