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ID number ART22733
Title Over Ambon, No. 2 General Reconnaissance Squadron
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Hodgkinson, Roy (Artist)
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made 1942
Medium gouache on cardboard with charcoal over pencil on paper
Measurement Overall: 52.4 x 69.2 cm


On this operation new tactics were used on enemy shipping in the Bay of Ambon. The painting shows a tangle of Lockheed Hudson bombers, No 2 General Reconnaissance Squadron and Mitsubishi A6M Reisen 'Zero' fighters, Japanese Air Force, while Hudson of the first flight were attempting to regain tight formation after individual attacks on shipping. The Hudson on the left is pouring smoke from its port engine and was feared a total loss. The Japanese Zero struck by the second flight eventually broke up. The new tactics were a success. They provided that the first flight broke up on nearing the objective and made individual attacks while the second flight kept tight formation to ward off Zeros. This picture was carefully prepared in collaboration with pilots.