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On the 26th August 1942 the 103rd Australian Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment was formed at the Loftus Camp in NSW. Under the Command of Lieutenant Colonel Long, the Regiment consisted of three heavy mobile batteries allotted the numerals 132, 133 and 134.

The personnel from the 33rd Infantry Battalion originating from country NSW and the Sydney based, 45th Infantry Battalion formed a major part of the 133rd Hvy AA Bty.

A number of men from other units that were already skilled in artillery would be attached to the 103 Regiment as well. Units such as the 19th Battery from Sydney, 12th and 26th Battery from South Australia, 33rd Hvy AA Battery from Tasmania and the Victorian based 2/2 AA Regiment. Captain Alan Randle was a member of this particular unit from Victoria that had previously served in the Middle East. Captain Randle would become OC, Officer Commanding of the 133rd Hvy AA Battery and eventually promoted to Major.

Major Alan Randle
In March 1943, an urgent telegram was sent to the RAAF command, applying pressure to get a Mobile Heavy AA Battery sent to Fenton. And the 133rd Heavy Anti aircraft Battery was then selected to provide the necessary defence of this crucial installation.

Early May 1943, the 133rd Hvy AA Battery received their first warning order for active service from the Sydney AA Group. The 133rd Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery were to protect a United States Army Air Force Heavy Bomber group flying long-range Liberator bombers from Fenton field in the Northern Territory. The 133rd's movement from Sydney to Fenton would be the longest convoy ever attempted to date. The total distance covered by road and rail would be short of 3000 miles taking a maximum of 22 days to complete.
Troop train enroute to Fenton, Taylor collection
Road convoy on the North South Road, now the Stuart Hwy NT. Association collection.