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The Maryborough Airport was once a bustling Royal Australian Airforce Air Station during World War II. Wireless gunners and navigators were trained there to fight in Australian bombers, as well as women part of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force. Various buildings from the war remain at the airport, near a popular RV campsite. The Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) was created in 1941.
Women wanted to actively help the war effort and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Chief of Staff saw an opportunity to release more men for active service. The WAAF was one of many women’s auxiliary units formed during World War II. Other units included the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS), Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS), Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) and the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS).