ID number ART22172
Title Kittyhawk fighters of 75 & 76 Sqdn RAAF strafing Jap tanks on Gilli Gilli Road, near Rabi, 28th Aug '42
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made October 1942
Medium watercolour on paper
Measurement Overall: 38.1 x 45.7 cm

Description

This scene shows the attack along Gilli Gilli Road, with aircraft flying over and tanks charging along. A dead soldier lays in on the road, his rifle to one side. Dargie noted, "These tanks, two of several brought ashore by Japanese, caused quite considerable damage before they were brought to a standstill by these air attacks. Many of the tanks which the Japanese attempted to bring to ashore were sunk with the barges transporting them, by our aircraft. In this action S/Leader Peter Turnbull lost his life". Squadron Leader "Bluey" Turnbull DFC was killed on 27 August 1942, while strafing enemy troops.