Air spot­ters in Wan­garatta, 1942

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

ON June 21, 1942, Wan­garatta be­came the con­trol cen­tre for the North East area of the VAOC, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of vol­un­teers who watched the skies over Aus­tralia for both friendly and en­emy air­craft.

The con­trol cen­tre was set up on the top floor of the Com­mon­wealth Bank, at the cor­ner of Mur­phy and Reid Streets.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vided a valu­able ser­vice, and saved a num­ber of civil­ian air­craft, which were in dan­ger from en­gine mal­func­tion at night, by di­rect­ing them to safe land­ing fields which were equipped with land­ing flares.

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