ID numberART22160
Collection typeArt
TitleLiberators of 159 Squadron RAF dive - bombing railway station, Ye, Burma
Measurementoverall: 46 x 39.6 cm; frame: 62.2 x 56 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeIndia
Date made1944
Physical descriptionoil on canvas on plywood
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionLiberators 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.