ART21710

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ID number ART21710
Title Zero trouble over Lae (Pilot Officer Harold Burn)
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Hodgkinson, Roy
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Morobe Province, Lae
Date made 1943
Medium coloured crayon on paper
Measurement sheet: 30.8 x 39.6 cm

Description

Depicts Pilot Officer Harold Burn (service number 401025) operating the twin .303 Browning machine gun, in first gunner position on an aircraft. The first gunner also operates the wireless, transmitting and receiving. In an emergency he can fly the aircraft from that position, but can only make a belly landing because he has no control over the landing gear. The pilot pictured is Harold J Burn, 22 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, Boston aircraft. He wears a flying helmet with throat microphone, which allows his mouth and nose free for oxygen.