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The Brewster F2A Buffalo was USN's first mono-wing fighter. The status of the “Buffalo” is somewhat controversial in the history of aviation. It was designed by US but saw its real success only in Finland, a co-belligerent of Germany during WWII. It was designed as a carrier based fighter but only saw combat from land bases.
The most distinctive feature of the Buffalo was the retractable landing gear. With the right pilot the plane was quite capable in combat. Some historians believe that some units of the Commonwealth squadrons may have achieved a 2 to 1 kill ratio in the Far East.
On May 3, 1937 the No. 23 Squadron was formed and two years later was renamed No. 25 Squadron (City of Perth). Their original task was convoy close-support and anti-submarine patrols and later the defense of Perth. In August 1942 nine Brewster Buffalo arrived and one of the pilots was Sgt. John Charles Bailey. He survived the war and became a farmer and father of three. In early 1943 the Buffalo were moved to Dunreath and became part of No. 85 Squadron. The Buffalo was replaced by the CAC Boomerang.
- A51-13, 25th Squadron RAAF, Dunreath, West Australiä, 1942, Sergeant John Bailey
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