These eagles incognito

Accession Number F03628
Collection type Film
Title These eagles incognito
Measurement 11 min 28 sec
Object types Home movie
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made 07 June 2017
Copyright AWM copyright

Aerial of 100 Squadron RAAF Bristol Beaufort bombers heading for Gurney Strip Milne Bay, New Guinea. Aerial view of Gurney Strip. Landing at Gurney Strip. Hal Watt, 68 Wing Commander John Raeburn (Sam) Balmer OBE, DFC, (KIA 11 May 1944, Belgium), RAN Lieutenant Commander Gerald Mellor (Gerry) Haynes DSO attached to 100 Sqn RAAF, 280778 Hugh Reskymer (Kym) Bonython DFC, AFC, R B Munro posed in front of Beaufort at Gurney. 94 Wing Commander Brian Reginald (Blackjack) Walker flies low over strip delivering a Beaufighter aircraft to 30 Squadron RAAF. New Guinea villagers pose for camera. Left to right sitting in front of tent 270681Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Donald Charles Stumm (KIA, 3 October 1942 Solomon Islands), Smokey Douglas, Cliff Barnard and Sam Balmer. Pan of airfield surrounded by palm trees. O355 Wing Commander Peter Avison (Pete) Parker and Sam Balmer seated at edge of strip waiting for call to action. Beaufighter flies past. Tropical plants. USAAC P-39 Aerocobra pilot Todd Dabney (related to the Bonython family and godfather to eldest child Robin Cass). Long shot of Japanese bombers over head. Sign 'Capt T.T. Dabney S/Sgt El Glasser'. Captain (Capt) Todd Dabney with his P-39. Typical rainy weather. Beaufort bogged in mud off the strip. Lockheed Hudson of No. 6 Squadron RAAF takes off from water logged airstrip. A USAAC Lockheed Lodestar transport takes off. 6 Squadron Hudson piloted by David Cahoun lands in the wet. P-39 with nose wheel problem lands. P-39 with nose wheel failed crashed at end of strip. P-39 lands. P-39 No 138369 taxis past camera. Sam Balmer Commanding Officer 100 Squadron RAAF with head set at edge of strip. P-39 landing and flying over airstrip. Various shots of runway and surrounding vegetation and hills. Beauforts landing. Kym Bonython's Beaufort A9-75. Beauforts taking off. Title 'More lambs to the slaughter'. Prior to the raid on Buin, Solomon Islands, flying over Allied transport ships. Title 'Off to meet the foe'. Beauforts armed with torpedoes. RAAF P-40 taxies on strip. 6 Squadron RAAF Lockheed Hudson takes off on mission to reconnoiter target to be attacked by 100 Squadron. P-40 Kittyhawk. Squadron Leader 400213 Keith William (Bluey) Truscott DFC & Bar (killed in a flying accident Exmouth Gulf 28 March 1943) taking off. Close up of nose art of Kym Bonython's Beaufort 'Twiddle Dum and Twiddle Dee' Several shots of Kym Bonython sitting in cockpit. 6 Squadron RAAFF Hudson taking off. Aerial of Beauforts in flight. Beauforts armed with torpedoes lining up prior to early morning take off. Title 'For King and Country F/L Don Stumm' Donald Charles Stumm (taken on the evening of the night he was killed in action.). 290621 James Patrick (Jimmy) Ryan (killed in accident 11 September 1945, Northern Territory) standing in front of Beaufort. Lieutenant Commander Lt Cdr Gerry Haynes in nose compartment of airborne Beaufort. Close up of Sam Balmer at controls of Beaufort. After the raid Hal Watt taking photographs. Gerry Haynes back to camera. Title, 'The next morning P/O Prune says'. Chips Chippendale wearing steel helmet sums up the operation in graphic fashion. Kym Bonython and 404083 Flying Officer George Douglas Rutherford (Doug) Avery (KIA 22 October 1942, Townsville) swimming behind the mess tent. End titles. Note: Commentary by Kym Bonython (Sound recording S01601) added to video copies. The film has been transferred at 24 fps instead of the silent speed of 16 fps to be in sync with the sound recording.

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