Pilot Officer (PO) John S (Jack) Archer and Sergeant J L (Les) Coulston, both of Melbourne, Vic, ...

Accession Number 014032
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white, Landscape
Physical description Black & white, Landscape
Maker Bottomley, Clifford
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Buna Area, Dobodura
Date made 9 January 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Pilot Officer (PO) John S (Jack) Archer and Sergeant J L (Les) Coulston, both of Melbourne, Vic, standing in front of Wirraway, A20-103 aircraft of No. 4 Squadron, RAAF. On 26 December 1942 this crew was flying A20-103 on a tactical reconnaissance over a Japanese ship wrecked off Gona when they sighted an enemy (Japanese) Zero aircraft 1000 feet below. Taking advantage of his position Archer dived on the Zero firing a long burst with his two Browning .303 guns and as he pulled away the enemy aircraft was seen to crash into the sea. PO Archer later stated that he had acted on impulse and was lucky to get in an effective first burst. Wirraway A20-103 is now in the Australian War Memorial Collection.