Informal group portrait which includes 10 of the 12 crew members of Liberator (B-24L) A72-92 ...

Units
Accession Number P08405.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c November 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal group portrait which includes 10 of the 12 crew members of Liberator (B-24L) A72-92 which later crashed after being attacked by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over the Celebes, East Indies, on 27 July 1945. Nine of the 12 were killed. Three survived the crash but were later captured by the Japanese and executed. Identified in the back row seated on verandah, from left to right: 440787 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Brendan Michael Heslin, Air Gunner, No 21 Squadron from Wagga Wagga, NSW; 419295 Flt Sgt Alfred Cook, Navigator, No 21 Squadron; 437421 Flt Sgt Frank Grainger Vincent Hutton, Air Gunner, No 23 Squadron; 441469 Flt Sgt John Victor Orgill, Wireless Operator, No 21 Squadron from North Beach Western Australia (executed 28 July 1945); and 441014 Flt Sgt Stephen Patrick Cloake, Air Gunner, No 21 Squadron from Brisbane, Queensland. Middle Row from left to right: 403585 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Kenneth John Hanson, Pilot, No 21 Squadron from Killara, NSW (holding object and with leg over bicycle); 427095 Flying Officer (FO) John James Oliver Hume, Co-Pilot, No 21 Squadron; and A36363 Flight Sergeant Robert Hamilton Percy, Engineer, who was not onboard A72-92 when it crashed. Front Row 440381 Flt Sgt Charles Neville Nichol, Bomb Aimer, No 21 Squadron (leaning against bicycle); 427712 Flt Sgt George Grey Lindley, Wireless Operator, No 21 Squadron (executed 21 August 1945); 435994 Flt Sgt William James Maxwell, Air Gunner, No 21 Squadron, of Brisbane. The two other crew members who are not in the photograph were 80471 Flt Sgt Arnold Alexander Lockyer, Flight Engineer, No 24 Squadron (executed on 21 August 1945) and 36404344 Corporal Waite, United States Army Air Corps who joined the flight as a weather observer.