Located north of Adelaide, Mallala was a major wartime RAAF training base opened in 1941. No. 6 Service Flying Training School (6SFTS) trained pilots on twin-engine Avro Anson and Airspeed Oxford aircraft. The large base was home to over 1,300 personnel and at its peak, had 140 aircraft and 15 hangars. By the time 6SFTS closed at the end of 1945, some 2,250 pilots had graduated from the school.
There were 16 serious accidents involving aircraft from 6SFTS which took the lives of 39 airmen, 12 of whom are buried at Mallala War Cemetery.
On Tuesday, 7 September 2021, a commemorative service will be held at Mallala War Memorial to honour those who served and in particular, died while serving for their nation at Mallala.
Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at this event is by invitation only. There will be limited opportunity for members of the public to see the ceremony from public areas around the Mallala War Memorial.
This is a community event being run in conjunction with the Mallala RSL, the Mallala Museum and the Adelaide Plains Council
Point of Contact: TBA
All Air Force 2021 events will be COVID-compliant and in line with state and territory requirements. Please refer to this event page for updates.