Ian Croft and Lindsay McSkimming

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Accession Number ART27889
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 38.2 x 47.8 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description conte crayon on paper in cardboard mounting with tracing paper attached
Maker Baird, John
Place made At sea
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Stoker Ian Campbell Croft (34578), HMAS Cerberus, and Pilot Officer Lindsay Gordon Skimming (26177), HMAS Moreton are depicted reclining on seats sleeping on board Flying Boat VH-ABG "Coriolanus" from Darwin to Sydney. "Coriolanus" was first Qantas aircraft to enter the liberated Singapore, on 8 October 1945. Post-war, the same aircraft inaugurated the Sydney / Brisbane / Noumea / Fiji route on 19 November, flying it until December 1947. Stoker Croft was on the last boat to leave Singapore.

VH-ABG "Coriolanus" was the last Empire flying boat in operation in the world. It was broken up in Rose Bay during 1948.