Wyndham TV

News in Wyndham

Revealed: RAAF Point Cook’s secret role during World War II

Point Cook RAAF base 1958

Come along and join a unique talk to hear all about the RAAF air base in Point Cook. Wyndham Libraries is delighted to welcome cultural historian Dr Steve Campbell-Wright to speak about one of Wyndham’s most famous landmarks, the Point Cook RAAF air base and its once secret history.

This is a once-off occasion to learn more about the significant role the Air Force base at Point Cook played in the war effort to protect Australia’s home front.

The air base trained personnel including women in uniform for the first time and hosted secret trials of new technology.

Covering 341 hectares, it is also the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Central Flying School opened at Point Cook in February 1914, with the first flight on 1 March. Flying training commenced on 17 August 1914, 13 days after the start of World War I.

The RAAF Museum is currently the largest Defence unit at Point Cook. It features the oldest and most extensive complex of military aviation buildings. The base was included on the National Heritage List in 2007.

Come and join Dr Campbell-Wright online to hear his historical stories and retelling of historical events for an enlightening glimpse into the secret world behind the gates of the Point Cook RAAF base on Wednesday 9 November from 7pm to 8pm. This event is free.

For more information and to book: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/raaf-point-cook-during-second-world-war