RAAF in Western Desert

Unit No. 3 Squadron
Accession Number F07002
Collection type Film
Measurement 18 min 37 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Monro, Ronald Keith
Place made North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), Mersa Matruh
Date made November 1941-January 1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The activities of 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert. Shows Squadron personnel messing, the evacuation of casualities by air ambulance, ground crew servicing Kittyhawk aircraft and shots from a flight in the air ambulance. 260725 F/O Wallace (Wally) Edwin Jewell returned to squadron after being shot down and captured and then recaptured by New Zealanders. LAC Munro 3 Squadron black and white artist sketching at the airfield. Shot of Department of Information cameraman Damien Parer with a group of airmen standing around a Tomahawk fighter. Various shots of Squadron pilots and ground crew at work in prepartion for operations. Various shots of Kittyhawks in flight. Shots of 402375 Sgt Pilot Walter (Wally) Hamilton Arthur Mailey shooting up wreckage of a Luftwaffe Me-109 on flat desert country. Airmen inspect the wreckage. 3 Squadron's New Year's Day dinner (1942). Pilots return for New Year's Day operational flight. Prepartions and take offs for operational flight. Men gather around mail truck and shots of men reading letters. Other Identified personnel are: 386 Sqn Ldr Alan Charles Rawlinson DFC and Bar Commanding Officer of 3 Sqn RAAF; o35436 (145) Wing Commander Peter Jeffrey DSO, DFC; 260714 P/O Robert (Bobby) Henry Maxwell Gibbes; O11315 Sgt Pilot Louis (Lou) Thomas Spence; Grave of R Bothwell KIA 25 November 1941; O335 Sqn Ldr Dixie Robison Chapman.

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