RAAF Williams (ICAO: YMPC) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base set across two locations, at Point Cook and Laverton, located approximately 20 kilometres south-west of the Melbourne central business district in Victoria. Both establishments previously existed as separate RAAF Bases (RAAF Base Point Cook and RAAF Base Laverton) until 1989 when they were amalgamated to form RAAF Williams. The name was chosen in honour of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams, the 'father' of the RAAF.
RAAF Williams, Point Cook is the birthplace of the Royal Australia Air Force and is the oldest continually operating military airfield in the world. Since 1994 RAAF Williams (Point Cook) has been the home of RMIT Flight Training.
RAAF Williams, Laverton is the third oldest RAAF base, being built in 1925 at the same time as RAAF Base Richmond, which was opened slightly before Laverton. Located approximately seven kilometres from Point Cook, Laverton is the home of Headquarters Air Force Training Group (formerly Training Command).
Phoenix says the Laverton R.A.A.F. P.O. opened on 1/6/1938 & became an on LPO 31/7/1995.
Point Cook PO opened circa 1926, was renamed Point Cook R.A.A.F. P.O. on 1/7/1940 & closed on 7/5/1993.
A new Point Cook PO was opened on 4/8/2005.
Point Cook R.A.A.F. P.O. Renamed from Point Cook PO 1/7/1940; closed 7/5/1993.
This explains why I didn't obtain a Point Cook postmark for this issue.
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