458 Squadron Plane

Welcome

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, King's Heath, 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

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

Jul 07

Eric J. JEWELL Award for 2019

Cadets travel to Nijmegen and the Arnhem road bridge in the Netherlands, nearly 75 years after Operation Market Garden.

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Apr 25

ANZAC DAY 2019

"Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds."

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Apr 13

April 2019 458 Squadron Association Newsletter #262

Marguerite Somers tells the heartfelt story about the loss of her brother 458er Daniel Somers RCAF on active duty in June 1943.Caps & Polo Shirts with high quality embroidered 458 Squadron Badge now Available.

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Dec 03

Presenting the December 2018, 458 Squadron Association Newsletter #261

Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019 to one and all.......

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458 Squadron Portrait

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