ID number ART22160
Title Liberators of 159 Squadron RAF dive - bombing railway station, Ye, Burma
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made India
Date made 1944
Medium oil on canvas on plywood
Measurement overall: 46 x 39.6 cm; frame: 62.2 x 56 cm

Description

Liberators of 159 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force which contains the Australian pilots, navigators, wireless operators and air-gunners amongst it's members, taking part in a raid on the railway station at Ye in Burma. With the aircraft in a steep dive, nine 500lb bombs with 11 second delay fuses were dropped from a height of 400 feet. The station was baddly hit, several trucks were blown off the tracks, and about 400 yards of line completely wrecked. A railway bridge was completely demolished. Ye is the southern most point of a branch line from Moulmein. This line had to be built by the Japanese because of the continual disruption of the Bangkok - Moulmein railway by heavy bombers of the Royal Australian Air Force and U.S.A.A.F.