Service with significance
On Wednesday 25 April, thousands of Australians turned out to remember
our fallen soldiers from wars and conflicts gone by. This ANZAC Day, Australian
Defence Force members serving in Tindal, Darwin and on HMAS Cessnock
attended the dawn service held at Adelaide River, 100 kilometres south
The service was held at the war cemetery, which houses both civilian and
military dead who lost their lives in the bombing of Darwin.
The reasons for attending such a ceremony varied greatly among individuals,
however the ceremony held historical significance for the members of No.
44 Wing Air Traffic Control Flights from Tindal and Darwin. The original
formation of No. 44 Wing took place during World War II on 14 December 1942
at Adelaide River.
The Wing consisted of 24 radar stations situated all across the Top End
and served as an early warning system against Japanese Air Raids. It was
disbanded on 22 August 1944, but last year saw the reformation of 44 Wing
at RAAF Base Williamtown. The Wing is now responsible for providing Air
Traffic Services at RAAF, Army and Navy bases all across Australia.
This year's ANZAC Day was the first to be attended by members of the modern
44 Wing with the intent to re-establish ties with the community of Adelaide
River and acknowledge its significance in the history of the RAAF, and particularly
Those members attending the ceremony from RAAF Base Tindal were also able
to visit the grave of Wing Commander A.R. Tindal, whose role in the history
of the RAAF was honoured through the naming of the base.
It was only fitting that the dawn service, having such a strong military
presence, was able to witness an impressive honour guard and catafalque
party, consisting of members from all three Services with the Darwin Brass
band providing the musical tributes.
Following the formal ceremony, attendees of the service were treated to
an impressive fly-past by a Tindal based F/A-18 while enjoying their breakfast
at the Adelaide River Show Society Hall. A dramatic end to ANZAC Day in
a town rich with historical war time significance.