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The Royal Australian Air Force & Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description

"Mischief", a P-40M from No. 2 O.T.U., whose lack of garment led the CO. to order her dressed up.
(via Eric Nicolle).

A29-629 "Cleopatra III", a P-4ON from No. 80 Squadron. Carrying 1,000-lb. bombs, the aircraft is seen flown by Group Captain G.C. Atherton over Noemfoor Island in 1945.
(via Frank Smith).

Squadron Leader J.L. Waddy of No. 80 Squadron leaving the cockpit of his Kittyhawk IV (P-40N-20-CU, ex 43-23542). S/Ldr Waddy had previously destroyed 15'A German aircraft while serving in North Africa.
(Australian War Memorial).

P-4ON's from No. 80 Squadron being bombed up at Noemfoor on 10 November 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

Formation of Kittyhawk IV's from No. 84 Squadron over Horn Island in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A29-361, a Kittyhawk III from No. 76 Squadron being serviced at Los Negros in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A30-5 a Douglas DC-2 acquired by the British Purchasing Commission in the U.S.A. The aircraft was an ex Eastern Air Lines' DC-2 (NC13737).
(RAAF Official).

A32-2, an impressed Percival Vega Gull (ex VH-ACA), photographed at No. 6 E.F.T.S. (Elementary Flying Training School), Tamworth, on 7 October 1940.
(via Frank Smith).

A31-7, the impressed D.H. 86A VH-UZX previously owned by W. R. Carpenter & Co. While this aircraft bears an Australian identification number, it is seen here when operated by No. 1 Air Ambulance Unit, RAAF, in the Middle East.
(RAAF Official)

Previously operated by Guinea Airways as VH-UUO, this D.H.E Dragon Rapide became A33-1 when impressed into the RAAF on 2 July 1940.
(Australian War Memorial).

A34-13, the second D.H.84 built for the RAAF by the de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd. Post-war this aircraft was operated by the Australian Department of Health.
(Australian War Memorial).

Douglas Dolphin from No. 4 Communication Unit. Ex NC14286, this aircraft received the identification number A35-1 when taken on charge by the RAAF on 17 June 1940.
(RAAF Official).

A35-3, ex NC982Y, seen at Mascot, N.S.W., in 1946.
(via Al Bovelt).

Albeit of poor quality this photograph is of particular interest as it illustrates a rare bird: A44-1, ex VH-UOW of Guinea Airways. After being impressed into the RAAF on 19 February 1942, this Junkers G 31ge was fitted out as an ambulance aircraft at No. 1 A.D. but, on 31 October 1942, it was damaged beyond repair.
(RAAF Official).

A50-2, one of thirty-four Ryan S-T-M's absorbed into the RAAF in 1942. Previously this aircraft bore the serial S-31 and was operated by the Royal Netherland Indies Army Air Corps.
(Australian War Memorial).

Armorers of No. 83 Squadron cleaning the starboard cannon of a CA-12 Boomerang at Millingimbi Island, 21 November 1943.
(Australian War Memorial).

A46-14, a CA-12 Boomerang from No. 83 Squadron, after running off the strip and ending in a drainage ditch at Coomalie, N.T. (Northern Territory)
(via Frank Smith).

Formation of CA-13 Boomerangs from No. 5 Squadron over Northern Queensland in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).


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