Farries, George Cunningham (Flying Officer, b.1916)

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Accession Number PR04491
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 3.5 cm; Wallet/s: 2
Object type Log book, Papers
Maker Royal Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Place made Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1941-1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 119547 Flying Officer George Cunningham Farries, 54 Squadron, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom and Australia, 1941-1944.

Wallet 1 of 2 – Contains two folders of material relating to Flying Officer George Cunningham Farries.

Wallet 1 of 2, Folder 1 of 2 consists of one Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Official Identity Card and one Caterpillar Club membership card. The RAAF Identity Card was issued to Flying Officer Farries on 30 November 1943, while he was serving as a pilot in Australia. The Caterpillar Club membership card was issued to Flying Officer Farries after he had successfully saved his life by parachute, on 2 May 1943. On this occasion, Flying Officer Farries was shot down by an enemy aircraft and parachuted into the ocean, where he spent over five hours on an emergency dinghy before being rescued.

Wallet 1 of 2, Folder 2 of 2 consists of one Flying Log Book of Flying Officer Farries, containing entries dated between 21 July 1941 and 28 November 1942. It covers the period of Flying Officer Farries’ training in the United Kingdom, and service as a fighter pilot with 54 Squadron in the United Kingdom and Australia. This log book records details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, other crewmembers, and purposes of flights. Some of the recorded purposes of flights include elementary flying training, service flying training, operational training, cross country flights and reconnaissance.

Wallet 2 of 2 – Contains one folder of material relating to Flying Officer George Cunningham Farries.
Wallet 2 of 2, Folder 1 of 1 consists of one Flying Log Book of Flying Officer Farries, containing entries dated between 2 October 1942 and 31 May 1944. It covers the period of Flying Officer Farries’ service as a fighter pilot with 54 Squadron in Australia and the United Kingdom. This log book records details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, other crewmembers, and purposes of flights. Some of the recorded purposes of flights include transportation, reconnaissance, formation flying, aircraft tests, patrols, interceptions of enemy aircraft, and refresher training.