Portrait of four recipients of United States of America decorations for distinguished services in ...

Place Oceania: New Guinea
Accession Number OG0006
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Harrison, John Thomas
Place made New Guinea
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Portrait of four recipients of United States of America decorations for distinguished services in the Papuan campaign. Left to right: 0326 Group Captain (later Air Commodore) William Henry Garing DFC, awarded the United States Distinguished Service Cross; 034349 (405417) Flying Officer (FO, later Squadron Leader) John Ronald Mowbray, awarded the United States Silver Star for diving in a Wirraway aircraft of No. 4 Squadron RAAF to tree-top level to locate enemy gun positions and direct Allied artillery fire onto them: 403744 FO (later Flight Lieutenant [Flt Lt]) Elton Murray Ifould of Pymble, NSW, received the United States Silver Star for gallantry comparable to that of FO Mowbray and in similar circumstances; 409285 Pilot Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) John Sims Archer, a Wirraway pilot of No 4 Squadron RAAF, who shot down a Japanese Zero fighter aircraft on 26 December, 1942 during the battle for Buna. Flt Lt Ifould was killed in an accident at Bankstown NSW on 21 September, 1944