at Laverton, Victoria in March 1942, No 36 Squadron was
equipped with an assortment of aircraft including six DC 2s,
two De Havilland DH 86s, a Ford Tri Motor and various other
moving to Townsville in December 1942, the Squadron's aircraft
were gradually replaced with the ubiquitous DC 3. Freight was
continually flown to New Guinea and the first of several
aircraft detachments to that combat zone commenced in 1943.
These aircraft conveyed troops and freight to the forward
bases, flying supply drops over difficult terrain in
treacherous weather conditions.
the Japanese surrender a No 36 Squadron detachment based at
Morotai began courier runs to Japan in support of the
Australian component of the British Commonwealth Occupation
Force. Two years later, half of the Squadron's aircrew were
sent to Europe to participate in the Berlin Airlift - flying
supplies to the beleaguered city.
March 1953, No 36 Squadron was based in Japan, carrying
freight to and from Korea, evacuating casualties and providing
a VIP transport capability for the United Nations Command.
After the armistice in July, No 36 Squadron remained in Japan
supporting a continued United Nations presence in the Korean
returning to Australia No 36 Squadron soon took delivery of
its first C-130A Hercules - becoming the first Air Force
outside the United States to operate the type. One of its
first missions with the new aircraft was the deployment of No
79 Squadron to Ubon, Thailand. In addition to its role as a
strategic airlifter, the Hercules also proved highly suited to
civil aid tasks such as fodder drops during floods, air sea
rescue work and medical evacuations. With the escalating
commitment of Australian forces in Vietnam during the mid
1960s, No 36 Squadron found itself operating a regular courier
service to and from that country, carrying troops and
equipment, and evacuating wounded soldiers back to Australia.
1978, after 20 years of sterling service the Squadron's 'A'
model Hercules were replaced with C-130H models. Herculesí
of the 36th continued to play a vital role in both the defense
of Australia and its interests abroad. Recent operations in
the C-130 including Operation Bastille, Falconer and Catalyst
in Iraq from February 2003, Operation Anode in the Solomon
Islands, and assisting the civil community after the Bali
bombings and the tsunami in Sumatra.
36th Squadron will continue to play a important role in the
future after the units conversion from the C-130H to the C-17
Globemaster in 2006.