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MEMORIES flooded back
for scores of WWII RAAF
veterans who gathered to
commemorate the 70th an-
niversary of the formation of Tasma-
nia's only WWII RAAF flying unit.
They gathered at Evandale in
northern Tasmania on August 21 to
remember No 7 Elementary Flying
Training School (7EFTS) and the 65th
anniversary of its disbandment.
Serving members, 170 invited
guests and Air Force cadets gathered
at the town's memorial park to wit-
ness OC Air Training Wing, RAAF
Base East Sale, GPCAPT Glen Coy
unveil a special memorial.
They included 20 veterans from
7EFTS and members from more than
60 families of those veterans, others
who died during the war and veterans
who have subsequently died.
The senior Air Force officer and
CO 29 (City of Hobart) Squadron,
WGCDR Charles Hill, represented
Other support during the cer-
emony came from a flypast by three
Vets of 7EFTS
Above, three CFS
PC-9s fly over the
left, some of the
IN REMEMBRANCE: GPCAPT
Glen Coy unveils the memorial.
PC-9s from the Central Flying
School (CFS), a 29SQN catafalque
party, the Air Force band and
cadets from 509SQN (AAFC) from
29SQN's chaplain WGCDR Ken
Box conducted the memorial dedica-
7EFTS was established at
Western Junction (the site of the pre-
sent Launceston Airport) on August
29, 1940 and commenced training in
September. By the time it disbanded
on August 21, 1945, more than 1800
pilot trainees had graduated under
the Empire Air Training Scheme.
Secretary Evandale History
Society Neil Louis said that in
conjunction with the Launceston
Branch of the RAAF Association, the
society decided to build a memorial
dedicated to all those who trained
and served at 7EFTS as well as com-
memorating the 10 who died there.
It would also honour the approxi-
mately 600 pilots trained there who
later died, either in training accidents
elsewhere or on active service.
The memorial was built in
Evandale because it is close to
Western Junction and many 7EFTS
personnel were billeted there.
The Evandale History Society has
established a photographic and
historical collection on 7EFTS and
is seeking any additional photos or
information. Contact the society, 18
High Street, Evandale, Tasmania. 7212;
or email email@example.com
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