The Former RAAF Ballarat Airbase & Friends of the Anson Air Museum

Somewhere in Australia

Aces Flying High

Empire Air Training Scheme – RAAF Ballarat

Flying began in 1914 at the site of what is today the Ballarat Airport in Victoria but military flying did not commence until World War Two. The RAAF airbase was established there in 1940 with No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School (WAGS) under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) using Avro Anson multi engined and CAC CA-6 Wackett single engined training aircraft. This was one of only three WAGS training facilities in Australia and the only one in Victoria. The Anson was a stable platform for crews to hone their skills.

RAAF Trainees being briefed for an airborne signals training exercise in front of an Avro Anson aircraft at RAAF Ballarat circa 1944 RAAF trainees being briefed for an airborne signals training exercise in front of an Avro Anson aircraft at RAAF Ballarat circa 1944 (Photo Source: Australian War Memorial)

RAAF trainee wireless/air gunner receives messages as part of an exercise during his course at No. 1 Wireless Air Gunnery School RAAF Ballarat circa 1944 RAAF trainee wireless/air gunner receives messages as part of an exercise during his course at No. 1 Wireless Air Gunnery School RAAF Ballarat circa 1944 (Photo Source: Australian…

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