458 Squadron Plane


The goal of this website is to preserve and perpetuate 458 Squadron's impressive history and to pay tribute to those who served with the Squadron. This website will provide invaluable information to those who are interested in their family's history and in general, the history of a unique RAAF Squadron that served during World War 2.

ln 1940, Churchill said "The fighters are our salvation but the bombers are our means of victory". Over the years, much attention has rightly focussed on the airmen and women who bravely served during the Battle of Britain and protected our land from the enemy. Less attention has been given to those who flew bomber and maritime aircraft. Over 55,000 airmen from Bomber Command lost their lives so it is fitting that their contribution will finally be acknowledged at the official opening of the Bomber Command Memorial in London.
When I joined 458 Squadron in 1944 its bomber and torpedo dropping role had recently changed and it assumed a convoy escort, submarine search and air-sea rescue role. I like to think that the squadron was responsible for saving the lives of many merchant seamen and doomed aircrew. However, many of our comrades paid the ultimate price and I would like to pay tribute to their bravery as we remember them almost 70 years later.
— Leon Armstrong, 458 Squadron President, Finstall Village, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Honouring those who served in 458 Squadron RAAF during World War II. Formed at Williamtown (NSW) in 1941, 458 Squadron flew Wellington aircraft over Europe from Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The Squadron later operated from North Africa, Malta, Sardinia, Italy and Gibraltar in bombing, anti-shipping and anti-submarine strikes in support of the North African and Italian Campaigns. The Squadron was disbanded on 9 June 1945 in Gibraltar.
Lest We Forget
— the late Keith Cousins, immediate past President 458 Squadron, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

On behalf of 458 Canadian Flight Members we extend our congratulations to those responsible for the initiation of the new 458 Squadron Website. We wish you every success in achieving it's very worthwhile goals to preserve and perpetuate 458 Squadron's impressive history and to pay tribute to those who had a role in building that history. The website will provide invaluable information to those who will follow and are interested in their family's past history. So from Canada we again wish you success and say "Great Job and Well Done Mates!"
— the late Tom Lindsay, immediate past President. 458 Canadian Flight, Vancouver BC, Canada


Sep 15

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the End of WWII: Special Newsletter #266

Our fallen are memorialized in this Special Edition. We will never forget them and the peace and freedom they won for us .........

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Apr 25


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them ...........

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Apr 05

Year 71 March 2020 458 Squadron Newsletter #265

Congratulations to our Squadron President Mr Leon Armstrong celebrating his 100th birthday.

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Dec 25

Presenting the December 2019 Newsletter #264: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2020 to one and all........

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458 Squadron Portrait

458 Squadron, Protville, Tunisia 1943. Click on the image to enlarge.