Other Details: Medal issued by the City of Melbourne Squadron (RAAF Squadron no.21). The deteriorating political international situation in the mid 1930s promoted the expansion of the RAAF and the creation of more squadrons. No. 21 Squadron was formed on 20 April 1936, with the specific aim to provide an air defence capability for Melbourne. RAAF squadrons comprised a cadre of Permanent aircrew in one flight and two other flights made up of Citizen Force personnel. The then Governor of Victoria, Lord Huntingfield, was appointed Honorary Air Commodore. During World War II the Squadron became instrumental in defending and securing the south-west Pacific theatre of operations and won battle honours for campaigns conducted in Malaya, New Guinea, Markham Valley, Morotai and Borneo. As with all Reserve units in Australia, activities were curtailed in the post-war years. The Squadron ceased flying operations in 1960 and became an auxiliary unit supporting Air Force operations, primarily aircraft maintenance.
Air Force emblem; around above, No.21(A) CITY OF MELBOURNE SQUADRON below, JOHN.M.DUNCAN / MEMORIAL AWARD
Winged powder horn; above "FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION / TO THE SERVICE & SQUADRON"; below a plaque (uninscribed)
Purchase from Spink Noble Numismatics, 14/7/1993
post 1935 AD
Plain (edge) Air Force emblem; around above, No.21(A) CITY OF MELBOURNE SQUADRON below, JOHN.M.DUNCAN / MEMORIAL AWARD (obverse) Winged powder horn; above "FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION / TO THE SERVICE & SUUADRON"; below a plaque (uninscribed)(reverse)
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