No. 2 Squadron RAAF

No. 2 Squadron RAAF
No. 2 Squadron
A RAAF Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft in 2009
A RAAF Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft in 2009
Active 1916–1982
Country Australia
Branch Royal Australian Air Force
Role Airborne early warning and control
Part of Surveillance & Response Group, No. 42 Wing
Base RAAF Base Williamtown
Motto "Consilio et manu"
Oswald Watt (1916–18)
Alan Charlesworth (1939)
Peter Raw (1953–1955)
Aircraft flown
Boeing Wedgetail

No. 2 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force squadron. From its formation in 1916, it has operated a variety of aircraft types including fighters, bombers, and Airborne Early Warning & Control.



World War I

No. 2 Squadron was established as a unit of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Heliopolis, Egypt,[1] initially flying Airco DH.5 fighters, and with this equipment the squadron was heavily involved as a ground attack unit during the Battle of Cambrai. The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a replaced the DH.5 in December 1917, and No.2 became a pure fighter unit, eventually producing 17 flying aces, including Francis Ryan Smith, Roy Cecil Phillipps, Roby Lewis Manuel, Henry Garnet Forrest, Adrian Cole, Eric Douglas Cummings, Richard Watson Howard, Frank Alberry, Ernest Edgar Davies, and James Wellwood.[2]

No. 2 Squadron Canberra in Vietnam, 1970

World War II

During World War II, No. 2 Squadron operated as a bomber unit in the Pacific theatre.

Post-World War II

The squadron flew Avro Lincolns and English Electric Canberras in the Malayan Emergency, and Canberras in the Vietnam War.

After Vietnam, No. 2 Squadron was based at RAAF Base Amberley, west of Brisbane, Queensland, until its disbandment in 1982.[3] In the later years of the Canberra bomber's RAAF operations, it was predominately used for target towing and aerial mapping using call sign Magpie in recognition of the squadron's emblem.

The squadron was re-formed in 2000 to operate Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft procurred as part of Project Wedgetail, out of RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Tindal.[3] On 26 November 2009, the RAAF accepted the first two 737 AEW&C aircraft. By the end of 2010, three additional Wedgetail aircraft are to be delivered.[4]


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