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

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description

A52-500, the first Mosquito F.B. Mk. VI of the RAAF, after a landing mishap at Labuan North Borneo, on 11 August 1945.
(via Frank Smith).

Mosquito F.B. Mk. VI--A52-513, NA-M--from No. 1 Squadron in Borneo during the 1945 campaign.
(via Frank Smith).

A No. 1 Squadron's Mosquito F.B. Mk. VI in flight over Borneo.
(via Frank Smith).

A52-4, one of six Mosquito F.B. Mk. 40's modified to P.R. Mk. 40 Standard, from No. 87 P.R.U. Squadron at Morotai in 1945.
(via Frank Smith}.

Mosquito F.B. Mk.40's from No. 5 O.T.U. at Williamtown, N.S.W., in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A52-604, a Mosquito 8. Mk. XVI from No. 87 P.R.U. Squadron at Darwin, N.T., in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A53-1, a Bell P-39F-1-BE (ex USAAF 41-7119) which, flown by Flight Lieutenant Davidson from No. 24 Squadron, was one of several Airacobras operated in the defense of Sydney following the attack made in Sydney Harbor by Yokosuka E14Y1 floatplanes launched from a Japanese submarine during the night of 29 and 30 May 1942.
(RAAF Official).

Bell P-39D (A53-20, ex 41-6858) photographed at Amberley, Qld., during the summer of 1943.
(via Frank Smith)

A55-3, the third of three Lockheed F-4-1-LO's which served with No. 1 P.R.U.
(Australian War Memorial).

Republic P-43D Lancer from No. 1 P.R.U.
(Australian War Memorial).

The first DHA-G1 experimental transport glider built by the de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd. Later this machine received the identification number A57-1001.
(via Frank Smith).

A57-1, a DHA-G2 glider, at Laverton, Victoria, in 1942.
(via Frank Smith).

A pair of Spitfire F. Mk. VC (Trop) from the Central Gunnery School, Cressy, Victoria, on a training flight in 1945.
(via Frank Smith)

QY-A, a Spitfire F. Mk. VC (Trop) from No. 452 Squadron. In this view the aircraft still carries its British serial number (BR537) which was later exchanged for the Australian identification number A58-43.
(Australian War Memorial).

JG740, later numbered A58-173, of Sqn. Ldr. A.C. Rawlinson of No. 79 Squadron at Goodenough Island in 1943.
(via Frank Smith).

These two Spitfire VC's from No. 85 Squadron suffered a take-off accident at Pearce, W.A., on 27 February 1945.
(via Frank Smith).

A formation of Spitfire F. Mk. VIII's in flight over Northern Australia in 1944.
(Australian War Memorial).

Group Captain C.R. Caldwell is seen inspecting his aircraft — A58-484, CR-C — at Livingstone strip, N.T. (Northern Territory), in December 1944 prior to take off on a flight to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea.
(via Frank Smith).


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