Outdoor portrait of two members of the No 1 Bombing and Gunnery School (BAGS), at Jarvis, Canada: ...

Accession Number P04390.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c March 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Outdoor portrait of two members of the No 1 Bombing and Gunnery School (BAGS), at Jarvis, Canada: 402925 Leading Aircraftman Ray McNabb and 402929 Leading Aircraftman Charles 'Charlie' Taggart, both were killed in a training accident on 6 July 1941. Ray McNabb was born in Griffith, NSW, and enlisted in the RAAF in 1940. He was sent to Jarvis, Canada, to train as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner. He left with Canada 5, the fifth group to leave Australia for Canada for training in the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). McNabb and Taggart were on a gunnery training flight in a Fairey Battle aircraft when the pilot noticed the aircraft engine was leaking cooling fluid and the resultant fumes were acrid. He sent a message to McNabb and Taggart, who were in the fuselage of the aircraft, to bail out, but they were overcome by fumes and crashed with the aircraft. A subsequent inquiry found the parachute had been fitted incorrectly on one of the men and may have snagged on the aircraft.

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