North-Eastern Area Command was one of several geographically based
commands raised by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during World
War II. It was formed in January 1942 and controlled units in central
and northern Queensland, and Papua New Guinea. Headquartered at
Townsville, Queensland, North-Eastern Area Command's responsibilities
included air defence, aerial reconnaissance and protection of the sea
lanes within its boundaries. Its flying units, equipped with fighters,
reconnaissance bombers, dive bombers and transports, took part in the
battles of Rabaul, Port Moresby and Milne Bay in 1942, and the landings
at Hollandia and Aitape in 1944. The area command continued to operate
after the war, but its assets and staffing were much reduced. Its
responsibilities were subsumed in February 1954 by the RAAF's new
functional commands: Home (operational), Training, and Maintenance
Commands. The area headquarters was disbanded in December 1956 and re-
formed as Headquarters RAAF Townsville.
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