Northern Territory survival map : Pilot Officer P D Tully, 452 Squadron, RAAF

Place Oceania: Australia, Northern Territory
Accession Number REL32721
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Ink, Silk
Maker RAAF
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Richmond
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Printed silk survival map of the Northern Territory. The triangular map, which is printed in black on white silk, is titled 'NORTHERN TERRITORY SECRET' and illustrates Darwin and the areas to the north east (to Junction Bay), north (to Melville Island) and south west (to the Pinkerton Range). Lines of latitude and longitude, landing grounds, tracks, roads, watercourses and some information on the environment are all shown. A legend to the map is printed on the left hand side which details the scale (15.55 miles to 1 inch) and the maker's details ('Prepared by Intelligence Section / Richmond RAAF 7/12/42 'Hansford'). Above the Legend is a 360 degree compass accompanied by a boxed note which states 'Mean Magnetic / Variation about / 4 1/2 ° East'.

History / Summary

Used by 404998 Flight Lieutenant Paul Dominic Tully while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. Born at Terachy Station in the Quilpie district of Queensland on 14 June 1917, Tully enlisted on 5 January 1941 and served with 452 (Spitfire) Squadron, then based in south east England as part of Fighter Command. He returned with the squadron when it was recalled to Darwin in mid 1942 and participated in the defence of Darwin. Tully was discharged on 19 September 1945, having also seen service on Tarakan. Tully's older brother John (service number 404189) enlisted about the same time as Paul, served in the RAF on attachment with 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit and was lost over the North Sea on 30 July 1942.