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    Laverton Field (RAAF Base Laverton, RAAF Base Williams) Victoria Australia

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RAAF November 1939

Location
Lat 37° 51' 49S Long 144° 44' 46E  Laverton Field is located in the suburb of Laverton southwest of Melbourne. Also known as RAAF Station Laverton and RAAF Base Laverton or Laverton Airfield. Today, part of RAAF Base Williams known as RAAF Williams, Laverton Base.

Construction
Built prewar by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an air depot and repair facility.

Wartime History
Used by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a training and maintenance base known as the Laverton Repair Depot. During the early stages of the Pacific War, used by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress bombers.

RAAF units based at Laverton (partial list)
21st Squadron
No. 1 Aircraft Performance Unit
79 Squadron (Spitfire) ? - June 2, 1943

American units based at Laverton
43rd BG, 13th RS / 403rd BS USA April 22 (B-17) Melbourne Mar 14 - Aug 27, 42 Torrens Creek

Postwar
Laverton is no longer used for operational flying. For administrative purposes it was merged with the RAAF Base Point Cook (Point Cook Airfield) as RAAF Base Williams. Today, known as RAAF Williams, Laverton Base. Airport Code: ICAO: YLVT.

Today
In 2008 the base became part of the new suburb of Williams Landing.

References
Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF Base Williamtown

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September 19, 2017

 

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