ID numberART22172
Collection typeArt
TitleKittyhawk fighters of 75 & 76 Sqdn RAAF strafing Jap tanks on Gilli Gilli Road, near Rabi, 28th Aug '42
MeasurementOverall: 38.1 x 45.7 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNew Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date madeOctober 1942
Physical descriptionwatercolour on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThis 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.